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Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Heritage, Namur, 22-24 April

Strasbourg, 27 April Sabine Rohmann, Chair of the Education and Culture Committee represented the Conference of INGOs at the Ministerial Conference in Namur organised by the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The Conference "Cultural heritage in the 21st century for living better together: Towards a common strategy for Europe" aimed to establish the conditions for developing a European heritage strategy.
More information on the Conference and the Declaration adopted by the Ministers
Speech by Sabine Rohmann [fr]

Bureau of the Conference of INGOs nominates new members of the Expert Council on NGO

Strasbourg, 23 April The Bureau of the Conference of INGOs nominated on 20 April new members of the Expert Council on NGO Law and confirmed the current members and the President, Cyril Ritchie. The fourteen members of the Expert Council cover various aspects related to NGO legislation and an enabling environment for NGOs and come from many different countries including Azerbaijan. Intigam Aliyev, currently in prison in Azerbaijan, was nominated in recognition of his support and work for human rights defenders and freedom of association. The three year term of office of the members begins on 1 July 2015.

International Conference on "Emerging Technologies and Human Rigths", Strasbourg 4-5 May

Strasbourg, 23 April The Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO), under the auspices of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, will organise an International Conference on ‘Emerging Technologies and Human Rights” from 4 to 5 May 2015 in Strasbourg.

Additional information as well as registration for the Conference is available on the Bioethics website:

Exchange of views with the Minister Delegate for Social Dialogue of Romania, Strasbourg 20 April

Strasbourg, 21 April The Minister Delegate for Social Dialogue of Romania, Mr Liviu-Marian Pop, was invited to the Standing Committee for an exchange of views on the current and future practice of the government in engaging in dialogue with civil society. He informed the INGOs about the creation in Romania of a consultative body attached to the Prime Minister's Office which would hold regular meetings with NGOs. He also highlighted the important role played by NGOs with regard to the rights of persons with disabilities.
Speech by the Minister

Meetings of the Bureau and the Standing Committee, Strasbourg 20 April

Strasbourg, 15 April The Bureau and the Standing Committee of the Conference of INGOs met in Strasbourg on 20 April. The Bureau nominated the new members of the Expert Council on NGO Legislation. Discussion in the Standing Committee, the first meeting since the elections in January, focused on the working methods, work plan and priorities of the Conference. An exchange of views was held with the Minister Delegate for Social Dialogue of Romania at which the Minister presented the current and future practice of the government in engaging in dialogue with civil society. Civil society representatives from Belarus take part in the sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly and meet relevant interlocutors at the Council of Europe and Permanent Representations.

No Hate Web. No Hate Speech: European Symposium, 28-30 May 2015

Strasbourg, 10 April The Conference of INGOs together with the International League against Racism and and Antisemitism (LICRA) is organising a European Symposium at the Council of Europe, from 28 to 30 May 2015. The event is for students, experts, academics and the education community, internet experts, associations, INGOs and politicians, who will look at tools and practices to eradicate hate speech, online and outside.
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High-level Conference on the “Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, our shared responsibility”

Strasbourg, 8 April A delegation of the Conference of INGOs participated in the High-level Conference which took place in Brussels on 26 and 27 March 2015 at the initiative of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The President of the Conference of INGOs, in her address to the Conference, underlined the indivisibility and interdependence of human rights and the importance of embedding human rights in the day-to-day life of the population at the local, national and European level.
The 47 member states of the Council of Europe adopted the Brussels Declaration, backing a series of measures to improve the implementation of judgments from the Strasbourg court.
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