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Second International Alumni Seminar of Political Schools (Sarajevo, 25-26 June)

Sarajevo_BibliotecaThe 2015 International Alumni Seminar of the Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies took place in Sarajevo from 25-26 June. It brought together alumni from the 21 Schools of Political Studies who have achieved high office in their field, nationally or internationally. Participants explored the theme “Defending Democracy, Freedom and Human Dignity against Internal and External Threats”. Their findings will provide input to the World Forum for Democracy which will take place in Strasbourg in November this year.

Mr Ivo KOMSIC, Mayor of Sarajevo, made the opening address and also hosted a reception for the seminar participants at the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The encounter was concluded by an excursion to Mostar, with a special visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Old Mostar Bridge.
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Launch of 'Debates on Democratic Security' on 1 June - Ismail Serageldin on 'Countering radicalisation and extremism'  (1 June 2015)span>

Inaugural Debate - Dr. SerageldinOn 1 June,the Directorate of Policy Planning launched a new series of debates on Democratic Security. The inaugural debate was introduced by Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina and an important public figure in Egypt, on the rise of extremism and radicalisation and ways we can work together to counter this trend.

Dr. Serageldin’s speech was followed by a discussion with a numerous  audience.

More on the series of 'Debates on Democratic Security'

. Conference video recordings

. Video recording of interview

. Conference audio recording (available soon)

. Text of speech (available soon)

Secretary General's Report on State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe - Now published (29 April 2015)

SG_HR_ReportSecretary General's Report on State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of  Law in Europe was issued on 29 April 2015.

In his report, entitled 'A shared responsibility for democratic security in Europe', Thorbjørn Jagland, cites judicial weaknesses and media freedom as top human rights concerns.

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‘Democracy and Security’ - Informal meeting of Council of Europe Policy Planners - 16-17 April, Strasbourg)

Policy Planners April 2015
On 16 and 17 April, an informal meeting gathered policy planning specialists and representatives of international organisations to exchange on the subject of ‘Democracy and Security’ in Europe. The meeting provided an opportunity for the Policy Planning Directors from Member States of the Council of Europe to discuss in an informal manner the existing challenges to Europe’s political, social and economic models, and adequate responses by European countries, the Council of Europe and other international bodies.

Director Matjaž Gruden presented the framework of the upcoming Annual Report on the State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The debate was introduced by the interventions by Jan-Werner Müller, Professor from Princeton University, Richard Youngs, Senior Associate from the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at Carnegie Europe think tank, and István Gyarmati, President of the International Centre for Democratic Transition. (...)

Platform to strengthen the protection of journalism and to promote safety of journalists - 47 alerts to date  (15 May 2015)

Visual IDSince the launch on 2 April of the platform, the five organisations which have partnered with the Council of Europe – Article 19, the Association of European Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders – have reported 47 cases of alleged serious media freedom violations in 14 member states.

On the occasion of the World Press Freedom day, Council of Europe Secretary General stated that "The platform for the safety of journalists will allow us to be more assertive in defending these rights. Several of these alerts have seen positive developments and I look forward to engaging in dialogue with member States to identify possible remedies to all the other cases of the platform”.

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Surveillance Bill - Reply by the French authorities
Loi sur le renseignement - Réponse des autorités françaises
Blocking of web sites - Reply by French authorities
Blocage de sites internet - Réponse des autorités françaises
Letter by Slovenian Minister of Justice
Reply by Permanent Representation of Denmark

Reply by Permanent Representation of Denmark


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