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Congress President takes part in UN sustainability forum

Congress 18 July 2019 New-York, United States

A delegation of 17 local and regional elected officials, including Congress President Anders Knape, actively participated in several thematic debates at the High Level Political Forum, at the United Nations in New York, as part of the PLATFORMA network, which brings together local and regional...

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Very slow progress in Austria on measures to prevent corruption of MPs

GRECO 17 July 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) today expressed disappointment by the very slow progress shown by Austria in implementing its recommendations on measures to prevent corruption in respect of parliamentarians and called on the Austrian parliament to intensify its efforts to...

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Europe’s young people call for equal access to social rights

Council of Europe 12 July 2019 Strasbourg

Over 300 young people and youth workers from all Council of Europe member states and beyond gathered this week in Strasbourg for the ENTER! Youth Week. In a joint message they called upon member states to guarantee the protection of their rights. “All young people must have equal access to their...

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Azerbaijan needs more freedom of speech, more lawyers and more jobs for refugees

Commissioner for Human Rights 12 July 2019 Baku, Azerbaijan

“Freedom of expression in Azerbaijan continues to be under threat” said Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a four-day visit to Azerbaijan. Recalling the European Court of Human Rights’ judgments stressing a troubling pattern of arbitrary arrest and detention of...

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Bulgaria: urgent steps needed to improve foreigners’ healthcare

Anti-torture committee (CPT) 11 July 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) in its new report published today praised certain improvements in the conditions and treatment of foreigners detained under aliens legislation in the establishments visited in December 2018, but called for urgent measures to improve the poor...

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Tools for combatting malicious cyber interference with elections

Council of Europe 10 July 2019 Strasbourg

The Cybercrime Convention Committee, representing the Parties to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, today adopted a Guidance Note to facilitate criminal justice action against election interference using computers. Interference with elections through malicious cyber activities against...

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EU becomes observer to anti-corruption body GRECO

Committee of Ministers 10 July 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers representing the 47 member states of the Council of Europe today adopted a decision accepting a request by the European Union to become an observer with the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). Welcoming this decision, the Secretary General of the Council of...

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Romania: lack of progress on anti-corruption measures

GRECO 9 July 2019 Strasbourg

Romania has made very little progress to put in place measures to prevent corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors and to address the concerns raised by its controversial judicial reform, says the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) in two reports published today....

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Congress examines local and regional democracy in Russia

Congress 8 July 2019 Oslo, Norway

During its meeting in Oslo, Norway, on 3 July 2019, the Monitoring Committee approved a draft report on the situation of local and regional democracy in the Russian Federation, following two monitoring visits in October 2018 and March 2019. Co-rapporteurs Jakob Wienen (Netherlands, EPP/CCE) and...

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Enter! Youth Week: Our Rights, Our Lives

Council of Europe 8 July 2019 Strasbourg

On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, the Council of Europe with the support of the City of Strasbourg, the French Ministry of National Education and Youth and the European Youth Forum is holding the "Enter! Youth Week: our rights, our lives” from 8 to 11 July 2019 in Strasbourg. Held under...

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Turkey should protect human rights defenders and end judicial arbitrariness

Commissioner for Human Rights 8 July 2019 Strasbourg

“Turkey must take urgent and necessary measures to re-establish trust in its judiciary and repair the damage inflicted on the rule of law during the state of emergency and its aftermath”, said Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a five-day visit to...

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Anti-torture committee report on Czech Republic

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 4 July 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) today published the report on its October 2018 visit to the Czech Republic. The report assesses the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the...

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More action needed to prevent human trafficking in Andorra

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 3 July 2019 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) concludes that Andorra has made progress in its legislation and policies to prevent and combat human trafficking, but also requests that the authorities take further action...

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Secretary General welcomes French law banning parental violence against children

Secretary General 3 July 2019 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed today the adoption of a law in France banning the use of violence against their children by their parents. The law prohibiting educational violence, unanimously adopted yesterday by the Senate, bans cruel and degrading treatment, including all recourse...

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“Sexting”: children themselves don’t produce “child pornography”

Lanzarote Committee 2 July 2019 Strasbourg

“Sexting” by children (generating, receiving and sharing sexually suggestive or explicit images/videos of themselves through mobile technology) does not amount to conduct related to “child pornography”, when it is intended solely for the children’s own private use. Children coerced into such...

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20th anniversary Revised European Social Charter entry into force

Council of Europe 1 July 2019 Strasbourg

“Increased inequality is a major challenge for Europe and social rights’ protection across the Continent should be a top priority. I call on our member states for more commitment to the Social Charter”, highlighted Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, on the 20th anniversary of the Revised Social...

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Poland should do more to shield judges from pressure, protect women’s rights and promote gender equality

Commissioner for Human Rights 28 June 2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a report on the visit to Poland she carried out from 11 to 15 March 2019. The report focuses on the independence of the judiciary and the prosecution service, women’s sexual and reproductive rights, gender...

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PACE calls for re-opening of Boris Nemtsov murder investigation

PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY SESSION 27 June 2019 Strasbourg

PACE has called on the Russian authorities to “re-open and continue” their investigation into the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, listing a number of “serious concerns” over its independence and effectiveness. The Assembly, unanimously approving a report by Emanuelis Zingeris...

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Combating violence in all its forms against migrant children

Parliamentary Assembly Session 27 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Assembly today expressed its concern about the “serious threats” faced by migrant children on their way to Europe and important gaps in the policies and procedures, which limit the legal opportunities for migration in Europe. "Once in Europe, migrant children can also be subject to abuse in...

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Local elections in Albania: Statement by the Spokesperson

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 27 June 2019 Strasbourg

We closely follow the situation ahead of the 30 June local elections in Albania, which should be conducted in line with all the relevant international obligations and standards for democratic elections, as well as with national legislation. In this context, we recall the Council of Europe’s...

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