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Summer session of the Conference of INGOs, Strasbourg 22-25 June

Strasbourg, 12 June Among the highlights of the session are an exchange of views with the Deputy Secretary General; an exchange with the Permanent Representatives on strengthening the role of NGOs at the CoE; Discussion on working conditions for NGOs in Russia; A roundtable on the Istanbul Convention; Input of the Conference to the Secretary General's report ‘State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law” and the Action Plan “the fight against extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism”.
The information meeting on Monday afternoon is open to all NGOs wishing to learn more about the Council of Europe and the Conference of INGOs.
Please note that theplenary Conference continues until 17h.

Candidates for the post of Rapporteur of the Bureau of the Conference of INGOs

Strasbourg, 5 May The Verification and Dispute Committee of the Conference of INGOs met last week to validate the candidatures for the post of Rapporteur of the Bureau. The following candidates will be standing for election:
Anne Kraus, CISV International
Liviu Romel Olteanu, International Association for the Defence of Religous Liberty
Helene Pichon, Centre for Study and Strategic Prospective

“How to make the best use of the Collective Complaints procedure under the European Social Charter

Strasbourg, 16 June The Collective Complaints Procedure plays a key role in the effectiveness of fundamental social rights at the pan-European level. In order to make better use of this procedure, the Conference of INGO and the Social Platform, with support of the Academic Network on the European Social Charter and Social Rights, in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee, are organising an awareness-raising and training for NGOs. The training organised in the framework of the “Turin Process” will take place in Brussels on 22 September. Registration by 30 June.
More information and registration.
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INGO Dialogue Toolkit in Stockholm

Strasbourg, 16 June "Hope in Järva" is he slogan of a social cohesion project in one of the Stockholm Suburbs in Sweden. The INGO Dialogue Hub has been given the task of providing one of three trainings for the local community leaders. One of them aptly summed up the task by saying: “We need to break out of our isolation.” A needs assessment was conducted in 2014, and the trainings were conducted in March-April of this year. The participants are now operating their own actions.
For more information, see the Dialogue Toolkit website

Summer session of the Conference of INGOs, Strasbourg 22-25 June

Strasbourg, 12 June Among the highlights of the week are an exchange of views with the Deputy Secretary General; an exchange with the Permanent Representatives on strengthening the role of NGOs at the CoE; Discussion on recent developments in legislation and working conditions for NGOs in Russia; Input of the Conference to the Secretary General's report ‘State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law” and the Action Plan “the fight against extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism”. Please note that because of the heavy political agenda of the plenary Conference, the meeting will continue on Thursday until 17h.
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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) organised a European Symposium on "No Hate Speech" at the Council of Europe, from 28 to 30 May 2015. Around 200 participants, students, experts, academics and the education community, internet experts, associations, INGOs and politicians, looked at tools and practices to eradicate hate speech, online and offline.
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"How to fight extremism without jeopardizing freedom: the role of NGOs"

Brussels, 18-19 May This was the theme of a meeting between Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, and Brussels-based NGOs on 18 May and the focus of her statement at the Session of the Committee of Ministers on 19 May. (Read more ...)
Speech of Anna Rurka at the 125th session of the Committee of Ministers
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