News archive [2013]


Council of Europe Anti-torture Committee (CPT): latest reports and recommendations published

[12/09/2013] Bosnia and Herzegovina: the CPT published today the report on its December 2012 ad hoc visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, together with the authorities’ response. The main objective of the visit was to examine the steps taken since the April 2011 visit to combat ill-treatment by the police. The CPT urges to tackle ill-treatment of suspects by police in Republika Srpska. (Read more ...)

[05/09/2013] Ukraine: the CPT published today the report on its December 2012 ad hoc visit, together with the Ukrainian authorities’ response. The main objective of the visit was to re-examine the manner in which prisoners serving sentences were treated in so-called “correctional colonies”. Report highlights need for further action to combat ill-treatment of sentenced prisoners. During the visit, the CPT’s delegation reviewed the situation of Yulia Tymoshenko too. (Read more .. )

Journal season 2 : Gender Equality and Media

This week's Journal : the first Council of Europe Recommendation on Gender Equality and Media - Italy ratifies the Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women  
National contact persons appointed to liaise with GRETA meet in Strasbourg

[19/09/2013] For the second time since 2010, a meeting of the contact persons appointed by the Parties to the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings to liaise with the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) took place in Strasbourg on 17 September 2013. GRETA was represented by its Bureau. The aim of the meeting was to have an exchange on experiences from the first evaluation round of the implementation of the Convention, which was launched in 2010, and lessons learned which should be taken into account when preparing the second evaluation round. (Read more ..)

Council of Europe's contribution to Peace One Day Celebration 2013

The Council of Europe's contribution to the Peace Day on 21 September 2013 in the Hague will focus on raising awareness of violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention as a tool to end gender based violence, and the "No Hate Speech Movement" (Read more...)This week's Journal : Freedom of expression and press versus national security - Hate speech and violence against women

[20/09/2013] How to protect freedom of expression and press where national security is at stake? Interview with Jan Kleijssen, Director of Information Society and Action against crime, and with William Horsley, the Media Freedom Representative of the International Association of European Journalists and Chair of the AEJ’s UK Section

What responsability do politicians have in tackling hate speech, and is it linked to violence against women? Interview with Marja Ruotanen, Director of Justice and Human Dignity

Transparency to protect Internet freedom: a shared commitment

[23/09/2013] Representatives of governments, business and civil society meet to discuss Council of Europe internet governance standards, and seeked analyse how states and other stakeholders can, in their respective roles, commit to them. The event, held under the theme “Transparency to protect internet freedom: a shared commitment”, also reviewed existing reporting mechanisms and transparency reports by Internet actors, exploring their strengths and weaknesses.
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