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Germany: progress made in combating human trafficking, but more needs to be done to prevent labour exploitation

Expert body on trafficking in human beings (GRETA) 20 June 2019 Strasbourg

In a new report published today, the Council of Europe expert body on trafficking in human beings (GRETA) praises Germany for having significantly evolved its national legal framework against human trafficking since the first evaluation of the implementation of the Convention on Action against...

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Re-run of the mayoral election in Istanbul: Congress sends international observers

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 20 June 2019 Strasbourg

Following the decision taken on 6 May by the Turkish Supreme Election Council to cancel the 31 March election of the Mayor of Istanbul, a delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will observe the re-run of the mayoral election on 23 June 2019, at the...

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Minorities in Ireland: Experts note increasing tolerance but concerns over Travellers and Roma

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 20 June 2019 Strasbourg

Irish society has demonstrated increasing levels of tolerance in recent years, but national strategies or actions plans on key issues – such as the integration of Travellers and Roma communities – suffer from a lack of clear and concrete implementation plans. Furthermore, Traveller communities in...

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Refugees and diverse societies, which policies for the intercultural city?

Intercultural cities programme (ICC) 20 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Intercultural Cities (ICC) programme has launched a series of didactic and awareness videos addressing local governments wishing to evolve as intercultural municipalities. The videos give insights on how to adapt cities’ institutions and services to the needs of a diverse population by...

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Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the execution of Alyaksandr Zhylnikau in Belarus

Committee of Ministers 19 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers deeply deplores the execution of Mr Alyaksandr Zhylnikau, announced on 13 June 2019. It calls on the Belarussian authorities not to carry out the execution of Mr Vyachaslau Sukharko, condemned for the same crime as Mr Alyakasandr Zhylnikau. The Committee of Ministers...

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Workshop on the protection of victims of terrorist acts

Council of Europe 19 June 2019 Strasbourg

A workshop on the protection of victims of terrorist acts will be organised on Thursday 20 June in Strasbourg by the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Human Rights. Its aim is to raise awareness of the Council of Europe Guidelines (2017) on the protection of victims of terrorism and to...

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Member states must assume more responsibility for rescuing migrants at sea and protecting their rights

Commissioner for Human Rights 18 June 2019 Strasbourg

“European states’ approach to migration in the Mediterranean Sea has become much too focused on preventing refugees and migrants from reaching European shores, and too little on the humanitarian and human rights aspects. This approach is having tragic consequences”, said Dunja Mijatović, Council...

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European Dialogue on Internet Governance in The Hague

Council of Europe 17 June 2019 The Hague, the Nethelands

A Council of Europe delegation will contribute to the debates of 2019 edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) to be held in The Hague on 19 and 20 June. Organised under the theme “Co-operating in the digital age”, the event will bring together representatives of...

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Commission for Efficiency of Justice adopts new tools on cyberjustice and mediation

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) 14 June 2019 Strasbourg

At its 32nd meeting (Strasbourg, 13-14 June 2019), the CEPEJ adopted a Toolkit for the implementation of the Guidelines on Cyberjustice, a European Handbook for Development of National Legislation on Mediation as well as Guidelines on designing and monitoring mediators training schemes. These...

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GRECO: looking ahead after 20 years fighting corruption

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 16 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) is organising an international conference in Strasbourg on 17 June to mark its 20th anniversary. Held under the auspices of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, the event will discuss GRECO’s achievements in assisting states to...

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Strengthening data protection globally with “Convention 108+”

Council of Europe 12 June 2019 Strasbourg

An international conference in Strasbourg on 12 June will discuss the role of the Council of Europe’s modernised data protection convention, “Convention 108+”, in fostering a common legal regime for data protection at global level and the need for states to accede swiftly to this treaty. Opened...

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Italy ratifies Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions

Deputy Secretary General 11 June 2019 Strasbourg

Italy has ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, during a ceremony today at the Palais de l’Europe, with Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni and Ambassador Michele Giacomelli, Permanent Representative of Italy to the Council of...

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Anti-racism commission publishes its annual report

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 11 June 2019 Strasbourg

Hate speech and xenophobic populism remained major concerns in Europe in 2018

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Statement of the Secretary General on the situation in the Republic of Moldova and the Venice Commission

Secretary General 9 June 2019 Strasbourg

I am extremely concerned by the latest developments in the Republic of Moldova. I call on the democratically elected Parliament, the legitimate Government and all political forces to act with restraint and responsibility. Recent decisions of the Constitutional Court are difficult to understand...

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Statement concerning Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov

SECRETARY GENERAL 8 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has made the following statement with regard to the situation of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov in Russia: “I am very much concerned and saddened by reports coming from Moscow alleging that investigative journalist Ivan...

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Várpalota conference: Smart, democratic and inclusive cities

Congress 7 June 2019 Várpalota, Hungary

Faced with rapid urbanisation, climate change and increasing pressure on city services, including transport and healthcare, European cities must adapt by developing smart-city technologies. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has organised a conference on this topic, entitled "Smart...

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Screening of persons working with refugee children insufficient to protect them from sexual abuse

Lanzarote Committee 7 June 2019 Strasbourg

European states have only partially implemented recommendations of 2017 to protect children affected by the refugee crisis from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, concluded an evaluation report adopted by the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Committee at its latest meeting and published today....

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 7 June 2019 Strasbourg

The latest case-by-case decisions on the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The committee adopted 32 decisions concerning 16 member states at the end of its quarterly human rights...

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Roma and Travellers’ history in school curricula: working towards a recommendation on their inclusion

Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) 6 June 2019 Strasbourg

Meeting in Toulouse

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New anti-racism commission reports on Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, and Slovenia

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 5 June 2019 Strasbourg

This week the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published new reports on Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, and Slovenia, as well as conclusions on seven other countries. In its report on the Netherlands, (ECRI) welcomes the process to include further discrimination...

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21-22 June 2019 Venice (Italy)

Venice Commission plenary session

17-21 June 2019 Strasbourg (Palais de l’Europe, Room1)

20th anniversary conference and plenary meeting of GRECO

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