News archive [2013]


"Stop Violence against Women by Implementing International Standards" - A Side Event at the 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, co-organised by the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations Office at Geneva, 30 May 2013[27/05/2013] The side event presented the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) as a global tool to end gender based violence. (more…)

Hearing of the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) at the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security
[30/05/2013] On 29 May 2013, at the  meeting of the of the European Social Charter and the European Code of Social Security, the INGO representatives, Mrs Marie-José Schmitt, Vice-President of the Conference’s Human Rights Committee and Mr Philippe Grolleau of the INGO, PAX ROMANA presented the Declaration of the Conference “Building Europe through Human Rights: Acting together against Extreme Poverty”, endorsed by the Presidents of the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, marking the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
Find more information on the Social Charter website

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) : Latest country visits (Azerbaijan and the "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”) - New reports on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Norway and Poland published
[27/05/2013] GRETA delegations carried out evaluation visits to Azerbaijan, respectively to the "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, in the context of the first evaluation round of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
Read more about the visits : Azerbaijan - the "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” 
GRETA published new reports
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Bosnia and Herzegovina - Norway - Poland

International Conference on "The Use of Special Investigation Techniques to Combat Terrorism and Other Forms of Serious Crime"
[30/04/2013] To protect society from terrorism and organised crime, law-enforcement must apply modern investigation methods incorporating the latest advances in technology. Gathering of information without alerting the suspect through interception of communication, electronic surveillance and other means known as “special investigation techniques” must be respectful of the Human Rights of all involved and ensure that the evidence obtained can be used in criminal procedures under the rule of law. On 14 and 15 May 2013, the Council of Europe hosted in Strasbourg a Conference on special investigation techniques, in close co-operation with the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the League of Arab States.
Conference file
Journal Web TV : Interview with Ivan Koedjikov

Latest news from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
[28/05/2013] CPT publishes the Belgian and Dutch Governments' responses to the report on the visit to Tilburg
Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Portugal

Slovenia needs to develop corruption prevention concerning members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors
[30/05/2013] In a report published today, the Council of Europe Anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) acknowledges that Slovenia has improved the integrity rules for Members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors. However it also finds that much remains to be done to educate them about integrity and conflicts of interest, and to ensure a better implementation of the corruption prevention legal framework.
Find more information on GRECO website