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GRECO issues recommendations to prevent corruption to INGOs Conference

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 20 October 2017 Strasbourg

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published today an assessment of the framework to prevent corruption and address conflicts of interest of the Council of Europe's Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs). GRECO recommends a number of measures, including...

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Testimonies and debate on reception of unaccompanied migrant children in European towns

Congress Session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg

On 18 October 2017, during its 33rd session, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe held a debate on the reception of unaccompanied migrant children in European towns. Yoomi Renström (Sweden, SOC) commented that although, in this year’s statistics, the number of...

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Belgium: Congress adopts report on local democracy in a context of linguistic diversity in the municipalities with language facilities

Congress Session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg

On 19 October 2017, in Strasbourg, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe examined a report on the functioning of the organs of local democracy in a context of linguistic diversity in the “communes with facilities” in the Flemish region around Brussels (Belgium)....

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Petr Mlsna: “Supporting local and regional democracy is a top priority of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers”

Congress Session 19 October 2017 Strasbourg

Deputy Minister for Legislation and Archiving, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, Petr Mlsna, presented the key priorities of the Czech Chairmanship during the 33rd Congress Session in Strasbourg, on 18 October 2017. Among them, Mr Mlsna pointed out the importance of supporting...

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Report: The situation of migrants and refugees in Serbia and transit zones in Hungary

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees 19 October 2017 Strasbourg

“Thousands of migrants and refugees who travelled along the Western Balkans’ migration route in 2015 and 2016 are now stranded in Serbia in a precarious legal situation” says the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees Ambassador Tomáš Boček in a report published...

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Telephone conversation of Secretary General Jagland with Turkish Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 18 October 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today had a phone conversation with the Turkish Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül. They discussed the latest developments regarding human rights defenders, including the Director and Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Idil Eser and Taner...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: “Member states have a duty to ensure Council of Europe principles are respected”

Congress Session 18 October 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today addressed Congress members during their 33rd Session in Strasbourg, France. “Our Organisation, which covers the European continent from the Atlantic to Vladivostok, promotes fundamental standards, particularly those of the...

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First evaluation of Greece’s compliance with the Council of Europe’s Anti-trafficking Convention: progress made, but gaps remain

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 18 October 2017 Strasbourg

In its first report on Greece, the Council of Europe’s expert group against human trafficking (GRETA) praises positive steps taken by Greek authorities to combat human trafficking, but also highlights a number of shortcomings. GRETA welcomes the adoption of anti-trafficking legislation, the...

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Murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Secretary General 17 October 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Jagland

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Turkey: Anti-torture committee publishes report on 2015 visit to immigration detention centres

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 17 October 2017 Strasbourg

At the request of the Turkish authorities, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has today published the report compiled following its visit to a number of immigration detention centres in the country in June 2015. The report notes that the visit took place at a...

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Switzerland should reinforce its human rights protection framework and better respond to the needs of vulnerable migrants

Commissioner for Human Rights 17 October 2017 Strasbourg

Reinforcing the institutional and legal framework for safeguarding and promoting human rights and enhancing the protection of migrants and asylum seekers are the key recommendations addressed to the Swiss authorities by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, in a...

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Women in power: Major inequalities remain across Europe

Gender Equality Commission 17 October 2017 Strasbourg

European countries are still struggling to achieve gender balance in public decision-making, according to a new report from the Council of Europe. The report looks at progress made by 46 countries towards the goal set by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in 2003 of having at least...

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Commissioner urges Azerbaijan to investigate allegations of human rights violations of LGBT persons recently arrested and detained in Baku

Commissioner for Human Rights 16 October 2017 Strasbourg

Today Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks published a letter sent on 9 October to Ramil Usubov, Minister of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan, in which he calls for thorough investigations into serious allegations of human rights violations of LGBT persons recently arrested and detained in...

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Republic of Moldova: important advances on addressing domestic violence, but more progress needed in justice reform

Commissioner for Human Rights 13 October 2017 Chisinau

Declaration by Human rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks at the end of his five-day visit to the country

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33rd Session of the Congress

Congress 13 October 2017 Strasbourg

Unaccompanied refugee minors, local and regional democracy, situation in Catalonia and fight against corruption amongst the highlights

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Ukrainian law on education: implementing the conclusions of the Venice Commission

Parliamentary Assembly Session 12 October 2017 Strasbourg

The Assembly today expressed its concern about the articles relating to education in minority languages of the new Education Act recently adopted by Verkhovna Rada and deplored the fact that “there was no real consultation with representatives of national minorities in Ukraine”. While noting that...

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The role of internet intermediaries as gatekeepers to freedom of expression – Conference in Vienna

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 12 October 2017 Vienna

The role and responsibilities of internet intermediaries, which critically influence the way we receive and impart information in the digital age, will be the focus of a conference on internet freedom, organized by the OSCE and the Council of Europe in Vienna on Friday 13 October. The function of...

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CPT publishes highly critical report on prisons in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 12 October 2017 Strasbourg

In a report published today on its December 2016 visit, the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) strongly criticises the conditions of detention and treatment of inmates at Idrizovo Prison, which holds some 60 % of the...

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Germany ratifies Council of Europe convention to end violence against women

Treaty office 12 October 2017 Strasbourg

Monitoring procedure to be strengthened as a result

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Call for Fourth Summit and harmonised rules for member states’ participation in the Organisation’s statutory bodies

PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY SESSION 12 OCTOBER 2017 Strasbourg

PACE today unanimously called for a Fourth Council of Europe Summit to preserve and further strengthen the pan-European project in a Europe which has profoundly changed since the last Summit 12 years ago. Such a Summit of Heads of State and Government should define, at the highest political...

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10th anniversary of the Lanzarote Convention

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