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Secretary General visits Vatican for audience with Pope Francis

Secretary General 16 January 2019 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will be in Vatican City on Thursday on an official visit to the Holy See for an audience with Pope Francis. Meetings are scheduled with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and other members of the Curia. The...

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Artificial intelligence in judicial systems

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice 16 January 2019 Brussels

Brussels presentation of the first European guidelines

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Russia boasts rich diversity of national minorities, but education policies, restrictive legislation undermine the exercise of their rights

Council of Europe 15 January 2019 Strasbourg

Society in Russia is characterised by a climate of appreciation for ethnic diversity; the immense variety of ethnic groups, languages and religions is perceived as an asset; progress has been observed in residency registration and in the field of minority media. However, the official rhetoric...

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Thorbjørn Jagland statement following the death of Paweł Adamowicz

Secretary General 14 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has made the following statement in reaction to the death of Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz: “I am deeply saddened to learn that the Mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, has died following the horrendous knife attack at a...

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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2019: call for nominations

Parliamentary Assembly 14 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, has today issued a call for nominations for the 2019 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. The Prize, created in 2013, aims to reward outstanding civil society action...

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Statement by the President of the Congress: “All European Democrats are in mourning after the death of the Mayor of Gdańsk.”

Congress 14 January 2019 Strasbourg

"I have been shaken and deeply shocked by the assassination of Paweł Adamowicz, the mayor of the city of Gdańsk, who was stabbed on Sunday night in front of thousands at a charity concert and who has just succumbed to his injuries. On behalf of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and...

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Demonstrations in France – Council of Europe condemns attacks on journalists

Secretary General 14 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today condemned in the strongest possible terms the threats and attacks against journalists at recent demonstrations by the “yellow vest” protesters in France, noting that working conditions for the press have been steadily...

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Election of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe: Candidatures received

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 11 January 2019 Strasbourg

At the expiry of the deadline for member States to propose candidates for the election of the next Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the following candidatures have been received by the Chair of the Committee of Ministers: Mr Didier REYNDERS, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign...

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Tackling ill-treatment by police in Greece

Council of Europe 9 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the Greek authorities are organising a round table event on professional policing and how to prevent torture and other forms of ill-treatment in Athens on 10 and 11 January. The event, which is the first of its kind, aims to help bring Greek laws and practices into line...

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Lithuania should improve legislation, prevent discrimination at school and promote the social inclusion of Roma

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 8 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities today urged the Lithuanian authorities to adopt a comprehensive legal framework, prevent discrimination against students from minority language schools and address negative stereotypes against Roma. In...

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Winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly

Parliamentary Assembly 7 January 2019 Strasbourg

At its winter session in Strasbourg (21-25 January 2019), PACE will hold a joint debate on public service media in the context of disinformation and propaganda and media freedom as a condition for democratic elections. It will also discuss Internet governance and human rights. On 22 January, the...

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Council of Europe Bank loan to Nuremberg for education and refugee integration

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 19 December 2018 Nuremberg

The governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) Dr Rolf Wenzel and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees, Ambassador Tomáš Boček, are taking part in a signing ceremony in Nuremberg today, between the CEB and the city of Nuremberg, of a...

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Children in migration must be informed about their rights

Council of Europe 18 December 2018 Strasbourg

Children in migration have the right to be informed about their rights. Such information is crucial for having their voice heard and enabling them to participate in procedures affecting them. These children, despite being one of the most vulnerable groups in Europe today, face barriers in access...

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Paris Principles at 25: Strong National Human Rights Institutions Needed More Than Ever

Commissioner for Human Rights 18 December 2018 Strasbourg

“25 years after the international community first formally embraced the idea of creating national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights through the endorsement of the Paris Principles, it is obvious that independent and effective national human rights institutions are...

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International Migrants Day

Intercultural Cities programme (ICC) 18 December 2018 Strasbourg

Mayors of intercultural cities programme join voices for inclusion and diversity

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Albania should step up its efforts to combat money laundering

MONEYVAL 17 December 2018 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe anti money laundering body MONEYVAL calls on the Albanian authorities to step up their efforts in pursuing launderers and confiscating their assets connected to significant proceeds-generating offences, and in tackling terrorist financing related...

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Albania, Hungary, Malta and Turkey among key opinions adopted by the Venice Commission

Venice Commission 15 December 2018 Venice

The final plenary session of the year for the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission included several high profile opinions, including for Albania, Hungary, Malta and Turkey. The Venice Commission legal experts find that the power of the prime minister in Malta widely overshadows that of other...

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Turkish train crash: Council of Europe extends condolences and solidarity

Secretary General 13 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has expressed its sadness and solidarity with Turkey concerning those killed and injured in the train crash in Ankara. Secretary General Jagland has written a letter of condolence to President Erdogan. Letter to the President of the Turkish Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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European states must respond to school violence based on sexual orientation - new CoE/UNESCO report

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 13 December 2018 Strasbourg

Violence at schools based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or sex characteristics occurs everywhere in Europe and is acutely underreported. The efforts of the European education authorities to address the problem must be stepped up in order to create safe environment for...

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GRECO: Italy should speed up reforms to prevent corruption among MPs, judges and prosecutors

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 13 December 2018 Strasbourg

In a report publish today, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) concludes that Italy has made progress to prevent corruption in respect of the judiciary, but significantly more is still needed to comply with all its recommendations, in particular those concerning...

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