News archive [2013]


”Media and the Image of Women”, 4-5 July 2013, AmsterdamConference of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission organised in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands
[03/07/2013] Gender stereotyping presents a serious obstacle to the achievement of real gender equality and encourages gender discrimination. Every day, all over the world, we are exposed to images and information from a wide array of sources. Such content plays a crucial role in shaping our opinions and values and our idea of what is desirable and acceptable behaviour for women and men. (Read more ...)
Gender Equality website
Conference website

UN and European anti-trafficking experts join forces to fight trafficking in persons in Europe and beyond

[05/07/2013, Strasbourg/Geneva] Two key international anti-trafficking expert mechanisms have combined forces to strengthen the fight against trafficking in human beings in Europe and beyond. Nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labour exploitation, including human trafficking, across the world, of which almost a million in the European Union member States, according to estimate by the International Labour Organisation. (Read more...)

See also : Decisions of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) of its 17th meeting (1-5 July 2013, Strasbourg)

Council of Europe anti-corruption body praises the integrity policy implemented by judges and prosecutors in the Netherlands

[18/07/2013] In a report published today, the Council of Europe anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) found that the Dutch system for the prevention of corruption in respect of Members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors was fairly effective. Relying to a large degree on mutual trust, openness and public scrutiny, the system is reactive in uncovering and sanctioning misconduct.

Forced return flights from the UK: the Council of Europe anti-torture committee publishes its first report 

[18/07/2013] The CPT publishes today its first report on an operation of deportation of foreign nationals by air. The CPT concludes that “each stage of the preparation of the removal process was carefully planned and organised, staff were well briefed, and every effort was made for the removal to be carried out in a humane way”. However, the CPT makes several recommendations and comments concerning both the preparation and execution phases of such operations. (Read more)

The legal experts of the Venice Commission praise Tunisia’s final draft constitution, but highlight possible ‘tensions’ between civil state and religion

[18/07/2013] The constitutional legal experts of the Venice Commission today praised efforts made by the Tunisian people to draft a new constitution based on ‘universal principles of democracy and human rights’. (Read more ...)