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2014

 

Participation in Terrorism Experts Conference in Ankara


Kristian Bartholin, Deputy Head of the Terrorism Division, presented the Council of Europe counter-terrorism activities at the “Terrorism Experts Conference”, organised by the Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism on 15-16 October 2014 in Ankara, Turkey.

 

 

 

Hearing concerning the 2004 terrorist attack on school in Beslan


On 14 October, the European Court of Human Rights held a Chamber hearing in the case of Tagayeva and Others v. Russia. The case concerns the terrorist attack on a school in Beslan (North Ossetia) and the ensuing hostage-taking, siege and storming of the school, which resulted in the deaths of over 330 civilians, including over 180 children.

Press release

Factsheet on Terrorism

Webcast of the hearing

Extradition of suspected terrorists: judgment in the case of Trabelsi v. Belgium


On 4 September, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of Trabelsi v. Belgium, which concerned the extradition of a Tunisian national from Belgium to the United States, where he is being prosecuted on charges of terrorist offences and is liable to life imprisonment. The extradition had been effected despite the fact that the Court had asked Belgium to suspend the extradition as an interim measure under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court.
The Court held that the applicant’s extradition to the United States entailed a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the Convention. It considered that the life sentence to which the applicant was liable in the United States was irreducible inasmuch as US law provided for no adequate mechanism for reviewing this type of sentence, and that it was therefore contrary to the provisions of Article 3. The Court also held that there had been a violation of Article 34 (right of individual application) of the Convention: the failure of the Belgian State to observe the suspension of extradition indicated by the Court had irreversibly lowered the level of protection of the rights secured under Article 3 of the Convention, which the applicant had attempted to uphold by lodging his application with the Court, and had interfered with his right of individual application.

Press release

Factsheet on Terrorism

Judgments concerning secret detention sites in Poland


Court building

On 24 July 2014, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgments in the cases of Al Nashiri v. Poland and Husayn (Abu Zubaydah) v. Poland, concerning the extraordinary rendition by the CIA of two terrorism suspects to secret detention sites in Poland.
The Court found a number of violations of the Convention. It held in particular that the applicants had been subjected to acts of torture during their detention in Poland and that the Polish Government had failed to comply with their obligations under Article 38, as they had refused to provide the Court with certain items of evidence. The Court further ruled that Poland should seek to remove the risk that Mr Al Nashiri might be sentenced to death, by seeking assurances from the US authorities that such penalty will not be imposed.

Press release

Factsheet on Terrorism
Factsheet on Secret detention sites

Hearing of 3 December 2013

Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy


Koedjikov addressing the UNGA

Ivan Koedjikov, Counter-terrorism Coordinator of the Council of Europe, addressed the UN General Assembly on 13 June 2014 in New York on the occasion of the fourth biennial review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Statement by Ivan Koedjikov

UN press release

See also Council of Europe contribution to the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

New ratification

On 15 May 2014, Lithuania ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196), which now has 32 ratifications.

Seminar in Oxford


On 13 May 2014, Ivan Koedjikov, Counter-terrorism Co-ordinator of the Council of Europe, delivered one of the termly seminars of the Oxford Human Rights Hub on the topic of “New Human Rights challenges in countering terrorism: a Council of Europe perspective”.

The participants, gathered in the senior common room of the Oxford Faculty of Law, were invited to explore the question, is it possible to perpetuate human rights while dealing with new terrorist threats? Or are we bound to face tomorrow’s challenges with yesterday’s tools, therefore accepting that at least occasionally, not only human beings but also human rights will fall victim to terrorism?

Referring to the Council of Europe international law conventions, as well as non-binding, “soft law” recommendations by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the applying of these standards by the European Court of Human Rights, Ivan Koedjikov argued that human rights and the principles elaborated for their protection will remain valid even if the development of technology and the evil creativity of terrorists will continue to test them.

More information

New ratification

Azerbaijan ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196) on 4 April 2014.

 

Participation in UNODC Conference in Bishkek


On 2 - 3 April 2014, Mr Kristian Bartholin, Deputy Head of the Terrorism Division, participated in the regional conference "Sharing Practices in Preventing Terrorism", organised by the UNODC in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic), where he presented the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.

 

 

 

 

On 25 March 2014, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of M.G. v. Bulgaria, which concerned the request for extradition of a Russian national of Chechen origin, suspected of terrorist offences in Russian Federation. The applicant, who held a refugee status in Poland and Germany, contended that if his extradition to the Russian Federation were to go ahead, he would run a serious risk of suffering torture or other inhuman or degrading treatment.

The Court concluded that there would be a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment) of the Convention in the event of the applicant’s being extradited to Russia.

Press release

On 18 March 2014, in the case of Öcalan v. Turkey, the European Court of Human Rights found that there had been a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights on account of the conditions of the applicant’s detention up to 17 November 2009, and in view of his sentence to life imprisonment without prospect of release.

Press release

In January - March 2014, the European Court of Human Rights has delivered a number of judgments relevant to counter-terrorism issues:

- in four cases against Ukraine concerning conditions of detention and rights to defence of the communist activists arrested in December 2002 on suspicion of, among other things, terrorism: Aleksandr Vladimirovich Smirnov v. Ukraine, Andrey Yakovenko v. Ukraine, Danilov v. Ukraine and Zinchenko v. Ukraine;
Press release of 13 March 2014

- in the case against Turkey, which concerned the death of the applicants’ relatives in the context of an anti-terrorist operation: Makbule Kaymaz and Others v. Turkey;
Press release of 25 February 2014

- in four cases against Russia concerning refusal to return bodies of presumed terrorists to their families: Abdulayeva v. Russia, Kushtova and Others v. Russia, Arkhestov and Others v. Russia and Zalov and Khakulova v. Russia.
Press release of 16 January 2014

2013


On 12 December 2013, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of Donohoe v. Ireland, which concerned the fairness of Mr Donohoe’s trial and conviction for being a member of the IRA. The conviction was based, among other things, on evidence given by a Chief Superintendent of the Irish police, who testified that it was his belief that Mr Donohoe was a member of the IRA but refused to disclose his sources claiming that this would endanger lives and State security.

After considering the necessity to protect human life and State security, the existence of additional supportive evidence and counterbalancing safeguards during the trial, the Court found no violation of Article 6 (right to a fair trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Press release


On 3 December 2013, the European Court of Human Rights held a Chamber hearing in the cases of Al Nashiri v. Poland and Husayn (Abu Zubaydah) v. Poland. The cases concern the “rendition” of two men suspected of terrorist acts to the CIA secret detention sites at which illegal interrogation methods were used.

Press release
See also the updated Court's factsheet on terrorism and the factsheet on secret detention sites

The Undersecretariat of Public Order and Security of Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey and the Council of Europe organised the International Conference on National and International Coordination in Counter-Terrorism on 24 - 25 October 2013, in Istanbul. Participants discussed legal and policy issues related to counter-terrorism coordination and examined the role of coordination bodies in the preparation and implementation of national counter-terrorism strategies. For more information, visit the conference webpage.

 

 

The Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) held its 25th plenary meeting on 23-24 October 2013 in Istanbul (Turkey), during which the Committee set the following issues as priorities of its work in 2014-2015:

- special investigation techniques,
- radicalisation and receiving of training for terrorism, including via the Internet,
- terrorists acting alone,
- assessment of possible gaps in the legal framework provided by the Council of Europe international legal instruments in the area of the prevention and suppression of terrorism.

Representatives of Bulgaria, France, Montenegro and Latvia submitted the updated country profiles on the counter-terrorism capacity. The Committee elected Mr Nicola Piacente (Italy) as its Chair and Mr Vladimir Salov (Russian Federation) as its Vice-Chair.

Agenda and abridged report
Country profiles database
Photos

On 21 October 2013, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Del Río Prada v. Spain, which concerned the postponement of the final release of a person convicted of terrorist offences, on the basis of a new approach – known as the “Parot doctrine” – adopted by the Supreme Court after she had been sentenced. The Court concluded that a retrospective application of a new precedent of the Supreme Court in a manner which was not foreseeable for the applicant and which had the effect of extending her detention beyond the date initially foreseen for her final release amounted to a violation of Articles 7 and 5 § 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Following this judgment, Inès Del Río Prada was released from prison.

Press release
Court's factsheet on terrorism

18-21 March 2013, the Terrorism Division of the Council of Europe participated in the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNSC CTED) Comprehensive Visit to Republic of Serbia to monitor the implementation of Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) by UN Member states. For further information, please see the UN website.

 

 

 

On 31 January 2013, Luxembourg ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196).

2012

On 11 September 2012, Switzerland signed the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196).
On 23rd March 2012, Turkey deposited its instrument of ratification for the Council of Europe Convention on Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196). The Convention will entry into force for Turkey on 1st July 2012.
In February-March 2012, the European Court of Human Rights delivered a number of judgments relevant to counter-terrorism issues (Aysu v. Turkey (no. 44021/07), Mehmet Emin Şimşek v. Turkey (no. 5488/05) and Nizamettin Gezer v. Turkey (no. 16155/04); Al Hamdani v. Bosnia and Herzegovina (no. 31098/10) and Al Husin v. Bosnia and Herzegovina (no. 3727/08).
On 23-24 February 2012, the Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator of the Council of Europe contributed as a key speaker in the “Rule of Law session” of the Conference between the members of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and the United Nations as well as Other International, Regional and Sub-regional Organizations, hosted by Switzerland in Interlaken. The Conference gave the participants an opportunity to discuss the contribution they are making to the five thematic and geographic areas of work of the GCTF: Rule of Law, Countering Violent Extremism, the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, Southeast Asia. It also aimed at giving an opportunity to reflect on ways and means that would enhance communication and interaction between the GCTF and the UN system and other international and regional bodies.
On 7-8 February 2012, a member of the Division Terrorism of the Council of Europe participated as a speaker in a Workshop on Combating Cyber-Terrorism in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Organised by the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument managed by the Directorate-General Enlargement of the European Commission (TAIEX) together with the Police of Republika Srpska, this workshop gathered together participants from the Western Balkans. Topics discussed included the areas of the terrorist use of the internet as well as the legal frameworks set up in order to fight against cybercrime, especially cyber terrorism, and the response from international organizations and the international cooperation against cyber terrorism.
On 24-25 January 2012, two representatives of the Council of Europe (Division Terrorism and Economic Crime/MONEYVAL Division) contributed to the Follow-up visit of the Counter-Terrorism Committee to the Republic of Albania (24-25 January 2012). Country visits - organized at their request – are aimed to monitor progress, as well as to evaluate the nature and level of technical assistance a given country may need in order to implement UN Security Council Resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1624 -2005).
On 17 January 2012 a Chamber judgment (not final) has been delivered in the case Othman (Abu Qatada) v. the United Kingdom (application no. 8139/09). This case concerned whether Omar Othman (also known as Abu Qatada) would be at real risk of ill-treatment or a grossly unfair trial if deported to Jordan, where he is wanted on terrorism charges. The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that, if Mr Othman were deported to Jordan:

• There would be no violation of Article 3 (prohibition of torture or inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights;
• There would be no violation of Article 5 (right to liberty and security) of the Convention; but that
• There would be a violation of Article 6 (right to a fair trial), given the real risk of the admission of evidence obtained by torture at his retrial.
• The Court also held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 13 (right to an effective remedy).
This is the first time that the Court has found that an expulsion would be in violation of Article 6, which reflects the international consensus that the use of evidence obtained through torture makes a fair trial impossible. At its last meeting on 23rd November 2011, the Group of Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism [CETS No. 196] adopted provisionally the Rules of Procedure of the Group of Parties to the Convention CETS No. 196. Final adoption of these Rules by silent procedure has been finalised on 2 January 2012.

2011

On 20 December 2011, a Chamber judgment (not final) has been delivered in the case Finogenov and others v. Russia (applications no. 18299/03 and 27311/03). In this judgment, the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been:
• No violation of Article 2 (right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the decision to resolve the hostage crisis by force and use gas;
• Violation of Article 2 of the Convention concerning the inadequate planning and implementation of the rescue operation;
• Violation of Article 2 concerning the ineffectiveness of the investigation into the allegations of the authorities’ negligence in planning and carrying out the rescue operation as well as the lack of medical assistance to hostages.

The case concerned the siege in October 2002 of the “Dubrovka” theatre in Moscow by Chechen separatists and the decision to overcome the terrorists and liberate the hostages using gas.
On 7 December 2011 the Secretary General of the Council of Europe nominated Mr Ivan Koedjikov as Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator of the Council of Europe. In this capacity, Mr Koedjikov will be tasked with the co-ordination - both within the Organisation and at national and international level - of activities relevant to addressing conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, as well as prevention and suppression of terrorism.
On 24 and 25 November 2011, the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) held its 21st meeting in Strasbourg. The CODEXTER considered, inter alia, the implementation of the Council of Europe Conventions against Terrorism and welcomed in particular that since its last meeting the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism [CETS No. 196] entered into force for Hungary and Germany, respectively on 1st July 2011 and 1st October 2011. On the basis of contributions by delegations, the Committee exchanged views on national coordinating bodies in the field of the fight against terrorism. Moreover, the CODEXTER considered the updated Country Profiles on counter-terrorism capacity as submitted by Croatia, Germany and Serbia and authorised their publication in the CODEXTER database. The Committee also welcomed the publication - by the Council of Europe Counter-Terrorism Task Force - of the proceedings of the Council of Europe Conference “Prevention of Terrorism: Prevention Tools, Legal Instruments and their Implementation” (Istanbul, Turkey, 16-17 December 2010) and Conference on “Victims of Terrorism”, co-organized by the Spanish authorities, the Council of Europe and the Organization of American States (San Sebastian, Spain, 16-17 June 2011).
On 23 November 2011, the Second meeting of the Group of Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism [CETS No. 196] was held in Strasbourg. The Group of Parties examined and adopted provisionally the draft Rules of Procedure of the Group of Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism [CETS No. 196].
On 25 and 26 October 2011, an International Conference on “Bringing Terrorists to Justice” took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. This event has been organised in cooperation with the Security Service of Ukraine and within the framework of the Ukrainian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
On 22 and 23 September 2011 the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) held its 42nd meeting in Strasbourg. Issues concerning human rights and terrroism were discussed at the meeting. The Committee examined inter alia the issue of “National implementation measures of UN sanctions and respect for human rights” and in this regard, held an exchange of views with Mr Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs of the United Nations. Information about work undertaken by the Council of Europe and other international bodies in the domain of fight against terrorism was also presented by a representative of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). For further information please refer to: http://www.coe.int/t/dlapil/cahdi/
On 16 and 17 June 2011, the International Conference on “Victims of Terrorism” took place in San Sebastian, Spain. This Conference was organised by the Council of Europe, OAS/CICTE and the Government of Spain, in cooperation with Basque Autonomous Community.
On 14 and 15 June 2011, the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) held its 20th meeting in San Sebastian, Spain. The CODEXTER took note of the information by States on the signatures and ratifications of the Council of Europe counter-terrorism treaties and welcomed particularly the ratification by Germany on 10 June 2011 of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism [CETS No. 196]. Furthermore delegations held an exchange of views on the Factsheet regarding the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism [CETS No. 90] and its correlation with the latest United Nations treaties. Concerning the follow-up to the Synoptic and Analytical Report on the Questionnaire on “False Identity Information as a Challenge to Immigration Authorities”, the CODEXTER took note of the opinion on this report presented by the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), which has carried out important work on such relevant issues as data protection and nationality issues and the denial of residence in the context of the fight against terrorism. Moreover, the CODEXTER considered the updated Country Profiles on counter-terrorism capacity as submitted by Cyprus, Hungary and Ukraine, and authorised their publication in the CODEXTER database.
On 13 June 2011, the First meeting of the Group of Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism [CETS No. 196] was held in San Sebastian, Spain. Parties to the Convention held its first meeting of the newly established monitoring mechanism which will play a very important role in the process of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.
On 19-21 April 2011, a Special meeting of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee with international, regional and subregional organizations was held in Strasbourg. International, regional and subregional organizations joined members of the Security Council Counter Terrorism Committee and the Council of Europe in discussing preventive policies and measures. Identification of good practices and expert exchange of information formed the basis of the discussions and particular attention was paid to the implementation of the preventative aspects of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005) and 1963 (2010) and to the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Aimed at speeding up international efforts to fight terrorism, the three-day meeting focused on prevention policies, comprehensive and integrated strategies, and the role of law enforcement and the criminal justice system in preventing terrorism. Group discussions on prevention policies concentrated on radicalization and incitement, terrorist recruitment and the role of public-private partnerships, the discussions on strategies focused on national frameworks and inter-agency coordination, communication and international cooperation. Participants also examined the role of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Topics on the agenda included identification, analysis and information-sharing; criminalization and prosecution of offences related to terrorism; and safeguards in criminal proceedings.
On 23 March 2011, the European Court of Human Rights was holding a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Nada v. Switzerland (Application no. 10593/08) concerning measures taken according to UN Resolutions against a person accused of ties with al-Qaeda and the Taliban. For more information please refer to press release on the Court’s Internet site www.echr.coe.int
On 17 and 18 March 2011, the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) held its 41st meeting in Strasbourg. The Committee examined inter alia the issue of “National implementation measures of UN sanctions and respect for human rights” and in this regard, held an exchange of views with Ms Kimberley Prost, Ombudsperson at the UN Security Council Committee created by resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban. For more information refer to: http://www.coe.int/t/dlapil/cahdi/
In March 2011, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on a number of cases involving inter alia the evidence obtained by covert police operations, the composition of the Court before which a person suspected of belonging to the illegal organisation was tried, the efficiency of investigation and its length, as well as the conviction on the testimony of witnesses whom the suspect had not been allowed to question. Moreover, a factsheet on new technologies is available on the website of the Court, at: www.echr.coe.int
In January 2011, the European Court of Human Rights delivered a number of relevant judgments, including those on the issues of the length of the criminal proceedings and the absence of a lawyer during a police custody (Çahit Aydin v. Turkey) and the right to a fair trial and non disclosure of material evidence to the defence on public interest grounds (McKeown v. United Kingdom (no. 6684/05).

2010

On 7 July 2010, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the abridged report of the CODEXTER meeting (Strasbourg, 7-8 April 2010) and the follow-up mechanism for the effective use and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No 196).

1st July 2010, Mr Andrea CANDRIAN, Chair of the CODEXTER, held an exchange of views with the Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation of the Ministers' Deputies (GR-J). Mr Candrian has outlined recent activities of the CODEXTER and, in particular, those related to the follow-up of the CoE Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196)


Speech

 

On 4 June 2010, the Venice Commission adopted, at its 83rd Plenary Session, the Report on Counter-Terrorism Measures and Human Rights

The Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) held its 18th meeting in Strasbourg, France, from 7 to 8 April 2010. The main part of this meeting was devoted to the discussion on the regular follow-up mechanism to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196). Moreover, the Committee approved the analytical study on false identity information as a challenge to immigration authorities as well as the updated version of the Progress Report on future priority areas for the work of the Council of Europe against terrorism. The CODEXTER also authorised the publication of the country profiles on counter-terrorism capacity as submitted by Serbia and as updated by Albania, Germany and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.

2009

On 17 December 2009, addressing the Counter-Terrorism Committee’s meeting in New-York, Mr Manuel Lezertua, CoE’s Jurisconsult and Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law emphasised the key role that regional organisations, such as the Council of Europe, have to play in implementing the UN tools against terrorism. It also explored areas for future cooperation between the CoE and the UN relevant bodies involved in counter-terrorism related issues. The intervention of Mr Lezertua has been followed by a lively debate with the participation of all delegations. In the course of this debate the possibility of joint activities was also suggested.

 

High level seminar on the protection of Human Rights within the Framework of the Fight against Terrorism

On October 8th and 9h 2009, the Counter-terrorism Task-Force of the Council of Europe and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Spain organised in Málaga, with the support of the University of Málaga and of the Foundation Valsaín, a high level seminar on the protection of Human Rights within the Framework of the Fight against Terrorism.

The seminar was opened by Mr. Cándido Conde Pumpido, Public Prosecutor of Spain, Mr. Francisco de la Torre Prados, Mayor of Málaga, Mr. Alvaro Gil-Robles, first Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Ambassador Juan Manuel of Barandica y Luxán, Ambas/sador of Spain for Strategic Affairs, Ambassador Fernando Perpiñá, Secretary of the Club of Madrid and Mrs. Adelaida de la Calle Martín, Rector of the University of Málaga.

The participants - coming from diplomatic, ministerial, judicial and academic circles and also from civil society - discussed consecutively the integration of Human Rights in national counter-terrorism policies, the tools available for this purpose at national and international level and legal challenges faced by States in this field

 

Participation in Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
[29/04/09] On 28 April 2009, the Council of Europe hosted a lunchtime briefing on “Assessing Damage, Urging Action: The way forward for counter-terrorism in Europe. Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights”. This event, organised by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and sponsored by Dick Marty, Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Crime Problems and the Fight against Terrorism, highlighted some of the key findings of the Eminent Jurists Panel report; one of the most comprehensive inquiries into the impact of counter-terrorism measures on human rights. The briefing was attended by Dick Marty and Gerald Staberock, Director of the Global Security and Rule of Law Initiative (ICJ), and moderated by the Council of Europe Anti-Terrorism Co-ordinator, Mr Alexandre Guessel.
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[20/02/09] The Council of Europe participated in the 6th Worldwide Security Conference organised by the EastWest Institute (EWI) and co-sponsored by the World Customs Organization (host) and Italy in its role of Chair of the G8. The Conference brought together experts from all over the world with the aim to establish relations between governments, businesses, civil society and mass media representatives in order to consider joint action to combat terrorism. The Conference took place on 18-19 February 2009 in Brussels, Belgium, at the World Customs Organization headquarters.
Agenda

 
[20/02/09] Le Conseil de l’Europe a participé à la 6e Conférence sur la Sécurité Internationale (Worldwide Security Conference) organisée par l’EastWest Institute (EWI) et co-sponsorisée par l’Organisation Mondiale des Douanes (hôte) et l’Italie en tant que Président du G8. La Conférence a rassemblé des experts venant des quatre coins du monde afin d’établir des liens entre les gouvernements, les entreprises, la société civile et les médias dans le but de prévoir une action commune pour contrer le terrorisme. Elle a eulieu les 18 et 19 février 2009 à Bruxelles, Belgique, au sein du siège de l’Organisation Mondiale des Douanes.
Ordre du jour (en anglais)

Joint CoE/OSCE/UNODC Workshop on Enhancing International Legal Co-operation related to Terrorism
[29/01/09] On 28-29 January 2009, the Council of Europe, the UNODC and the OSCE organized a Workshop on Enhancing International Legal Co-operation related to Terrorism, including the Drafting of Requests for Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance in Neum (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The workshop focussed on the analysis of legal and technical instruments to enforce the international co-operation on mutual legal assistance and extradition in terrorism-related criminal cases.
Agenda

2008

Council of Europe firmly committed to improving protection for victims of terrorism

[09/09/08] The Council of Europe addressed the UN Symposium on Supporting Victims of Terrorism (New York, 9 September 2008) to underline that one of the Organisation's priorities in its action against terrorism is its commitment to the needs of victims of terrorist acts and their families. The Council of Europe stressed that constant improvements were needed to the forms of assistance available to victims and that the development of new, innovative approaches was therefore imperative.

UN report on Supporting Victims of Terrorism

Council of Europe addressed the UN General Assembly

Addressing the UN General Assembly's meeting to review the 2006 Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Manuel Lezertua, CoE Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law emphasised the key role that regional organisations, such as the Council of Europe, have to play in the implementation of the Strategy. Recalling the Council of Europe's three-pronged approach to terrorism (strengthening legal action; safeguarding fundamental values; and addressing the causes of terrorism), he informed the Assembly that the Council of Europe had adopted a road map to ensure that all of the Organisation's relevant bodies took ownership of the Strategy. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Right Honorable Terry Davis, follows very closely the implementation of this road map. Mr Lezertua also underlined that it was important for states to ensure the implementation of existing measures at the same time as developing new measures against the scourge of terrorism.

Speech

Council of Europe, OSCE and UN discuss terrorism prevention in the context of intercultural dialogue
[11.07.08] On the occasion of the annual High-level Tripartite meeting on 7 July 2008, the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the United Nations and partner organisations discussed different aspects of intercultural dialogue and their collaboration in this area.
In the Joint Communiqué adopted at the end of the meeting, the participating organisations stressed the role of international instruments to combat terrorism and called upon states to encourage inter-religious and cross-cultural dialogue with a view to reducing tensions and, in this manner, help to prevent terrorist offences. They underlined the continuing need to address the conditions conducive to radicalisation and the spread of terrorism, while seeking to intercept and prosecute terrorists and counter terrorist networks.
Joint Communiqué

 

CoE organised a Counter-Terrorism Training Workshop in Pristina
[26/05/08] At the invitation of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the Council of Europe organised a Counter-Terrorism Training Workshop in co-operation with the UNMIK/Kosovo Special Prosecutor’s Office (KSPO) which took place in Pristina on 3 and 4 June 2008. The aim of this two-day event was to provide training on the international legal framework for co-operation on counter-terrorism issues, with an emphasis on questions of mutual legal assistance and extradition, as well as existing technical assistance tools for facilitating such international co-operation. Moreover, participants examined key issues regarding the protection of human rights while fighting terrorism.

 

Council of Europe convention against terrorist financing enters into force
[30.04.2008] “Following the money trail is one of the most important ways of fighting terrorism and organised crime. Quick access to information on assets held by criminal organisations, including terrorist groups, is vital to successful prevention and prosecution of terrorism”, said Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

 

Workshop on Enhancing International Legal Co-operation related to Terrorism, including the Drafting of Requests for Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance
[22.2.08] The Council of Europe, the UNODC and OSCE organised a Workshop on Enhancing International Legal Co-operation related to Terrorism, including the Drafting of Requests for Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance on 1-2 April 2008 in Ankara (Turkey).
The aim of this two-day national workshop was to provide training on the international legal framework for co-operation on mutual legal assistance and extradition in terrorism-related criminal cases, and on existing technical assistance tools for facilitating such international co-operation in criminal matters.
Agenda

 

First International Conference on Radicalisation and Political Violence, London, 17-18 January 2008
[17.1.08] Terry Davis, Council of Europe Secretary General, delivered a keynote speech at the first International Conference on Radicalisation and Political Violence held in London, 17-18 January 2008.
"A really effective fight against terrorism is one which respects and protects human rights and fundamental freedoms rather than sacrificing them in the short-sighted hope that terrorism can be defeated by undermining the very foundations of the society which the extremists are set to destroy." said the Secretary General.

2007

Council of Europe joins OSCE to discuss protection of victims of terrorist acts
The High-Level Meeting on Victims of Terrorism followed an initiative of the Spanish Chairmanship of the OSCE and was organised by ODIHR in Vienna, 13-14 September 2007.

Combating racial discrimination in the fight against terrorism
On 29 June 2007, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) adopted General Policy Recommendation N° 11 on combating racism and racial discrimination in policing. The Recommendation results from ECRI's concerns that cases of racism and racial discrimination in policing, including racial profiling, have intensified and taken on a new dimension, particularly as a result of the fight against terrorist crime.

 

Second parliamentary report on secret detentions
On 27 June 2007, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe backed the second report on Secret detentions and illegal transfers of detainees involving Council of Europe member states prepared by Senator Dick Marty.
In its Recommendation 1801 (2007) adopted after the report, the Assembly called upon European governments to look into the need for democratic oversight of military intelligence services and foreign intelligence services operating on their territory.
See also the special file.

 

Intelligence and Accountability
On 2 June 2007, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) adopted a Report on the Democratic oversight of the security services. Acknowledging that intelligence is an inescapable necessity for modern governments and that security services, by their very nature, impinge on individual rights, the report examines the need for limits to their activities, ways to make security services accountable and complaints mechanisms for individuals adversely affected by security or intelligence services.

 

European Union supports the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism
On the occasion of the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism on 1 June 2007, the EU Presidency issued a statement endorsing the Convention.

 

Human Rights Commissioner voices concern over methods of terrorist profiling
Strasbourg, 29.05.2007 - In an opinion article available copyright-free, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights voices concern that new forms of terrorist profiling have led to unacceptable discrimination against Muslims and people who appear to be of Middle-Eastern origin. Thomas Hammarberg argues that European governments should rather encourage community policing and draw up long-term measures with a view to preventing the causes of terrorism.

 

Council of Europe and the European Union sign an agreement to foster mutual co-operation against terrorism
Gunter Gloser, German Minister of State for Europe and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the Commissioner for External Relations, on behalf of the European Union and Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 23 in Strasbourg. The agreement creates an institutional framework to reinforce partnership in areas of common interest including the fight against terrorism. (more…)

 

The Council of Europe organised a series of Anti-Terrorism and Human Rights Training Seminars for Turkish law-enforcement authorities, in Ankara between March and November 2007. The seminars were addressed to governors, officials and police officers. They dealt with ECHR standards with a special focus on the different mechanisms for supervising law enforcement bodies, the fight against terrorism and the exercise of fundamental freedoms. (more).

 

European Prosecutors discuss terrorism
The Council of Europe organised a European Conference of Prosecutors in Warsaw on 4 and 5 June 2007 on the subject of "International Co-Operation in the Criminal Justice Field". Prosecutors from the Council of Europe's 47 member states discussed ways of intensifying co-operation between prosecution services in the criminal justice field, to target more effectively serious crime, including terrorism.
Press release

 

Advancing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has published the proceedings of the Symposium on “Advancing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy”, which took place in Vienna on 17 and 18 May 2007. The Council of Europe, an active supporter of the Strategy, took part in the Symposium to contribute its experience and legal expertise.

 

Council of Europe and OSCE encourage all levels of society to prevent terrorism
The Council of Europe contributed its vision and experience as a pan-European organisation in the Political Public-Private Partnership Conference on “Partnership of State Authorities, Civil Society and the Business Community in Combating Terrorism” organised by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna on 31 May–1 June 2007.
Contribution of the Council of Europe

 

Ad hoc meeting of the Chairs of relevant committees of the Council of Europe on terrorism, Strasbourg, 25 April 2007

The meeting, convened at the initiative of the Secretary General, brought together the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of some 15 steering and ad hoc committees and of two monitoring bodies (the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)), all directly subordinated to the Committee of Ministers. Mr Bruno Gain, as Chair of the Rapporteur Group on Legal Cooperation (GR-J), Mr Dick Marty, as representative of the Parliamentary Assembly, and Mr Manuel Lezertua, as representative of the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, also attended the event. It resulted in the adoption of a "road map". The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe took note of this document at its meeting on 20 June 2007 and decided to transmit it to relevant intergovernmental committees and monitoring bodies.

Russian Federation: Council of Europe organised a Counter-Terrorism Workshop for public prosecutors in Moscow, 1-2 March 2007.
Co-organised by the Council of Europe and the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, the workshop focused on international co-operation against terrorism in the light of the legal framework for the prevention and suppression of terrorism.

 

The Annual High-level meeting between the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the UN to discuss the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy took place in Vienna on 13-14 February 2007
Joint Communiqué

 

Council of Europe and Interpol step up co-operation
On 17 January 2007, the Council of Europe adopted Recommendation Rec (2007) 1 to member states regarding co-operation against terrorism between the Council of Europe and its member states, and the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO - Interpol).
Explanatory memorandum

2006

OSCE supports Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism
On 5 December 2006, OSCE Ministerial Council adopted a Decision calling on participating States to consider becoming party to and to implement their obligations under the existing international and regional legal instruments, including the Council of Europe’s Conventions on Cybercrime (2001) and on the Prevention of Terrorism (2005).

 

Council of Europe joins international organisations to discuss protection of human rights in the fight against terrorism
The Council of Europe participated in the Technical workshop on Human Rights and International Cooperation in Counter-Terrorism which the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights organised together with the Government of Liechtenstein in Vaduz, 15 - 17 November 2006.
Agenda

 

Council of Europe teams up with UN and OSCE against terrorism
The Council of Europe participated in the Second Sub-regional Expert Workshop on International Co-operation on Counter-Terrorism, Corruption and the Fight against Transnational Organised Crime which the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organised, in co-operation with the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe, in Bucharest, 13-15 November 2006.
Agenda

 

Council of Europe and UN co-operate on the fight against terrorism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Council of Europe and UNODC organised a meeting on Technical assistance on Legislative Implementation and International Cooperation in combating terrorism together with the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo on 1 November 2006. It resulted in the adoption of a Plan of Action for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Agenda - Plan of Action

 

Joint OSCE-Council of Europe Expert Workshop on Preventing Terrorism
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organised a joint Expert Workshop on Preventing Terrorism: Fighting Incitement and Related Terrorist Activities in Vienna (Austria) on 19 and 20 October 2006.
Agenda - Summary