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High-Level Conference on Human Rights in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

German Presidency 14 January 2021 Strasbourg

A conference on Human Rights in the Era of AI – Europe as International Standard Setter for Artificial Intelligence is being held on Wednesday 20 January. Jointly organised by the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, in cooperation with the Council...

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Working together for human rights – at all times and in all places

Secretary General 10 December 2020 Strasbourg

On this Human Rights Day, we are commemorating the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 72 years ago. On 10 December 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted a catalogue of fundamental rights which apply equally to all individuals – regardless of their skin colour, gender,...

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Secretary General in Berlin for conference to mark the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights and bilateral meetings

Secretary General 8 December 2020 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will deliver a keynote speech in Berlin on 9 December at a conference entitled "70 Years of the European Convention on Human Rights - Safeguarding Human Rights in Germany and Europe" organised as part of Germany’s Presidency of the...

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German Presidency’s workshop on the execution of the ECHR judgments

2 December 2020 Strasbourg

On 30 November the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers organised an on-line workshop attended by more than 100 officials from Council of Europe member States and the Secretariat on the execution of the ECHR judgments. The workshop aimed at initiating a dialogue and providing a forum...

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LGBTI policies in Europe: progress achieved, but more needs to be done

Secretary General 19 November 2020 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić today highlighted substantial progress in the legal and social recognition of LGBTI people: more countries are offering civil unions and equal marriage, there are positive developments in ensuring freedom of assembly and association, in tackling bullying,...

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Germany takes over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 18 november 2020 Strasbourg

Germany has taken over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from Greece during a video-conference meeting with representatives of the Organisation’s 47 member States. Greece’s Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis gave an overview of his...

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6th European Day on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Council of Europe 18 November 2020 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 6th European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (18 November 2020), the following joint statement was made by: The Greek Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, outgoing Chair of the Council of Europe’s...

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