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Council of Europe marks 20 years of action for the proper functioning of justice

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) 24 June 2022 Strasbourg

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe (CEPEJ) is marking its 20th anniversary on 27 June in La Valletta (Malta) at an event devoted to challenges of a digitised judicial system and the way to improve the work of the CEPEJ in the future. Known mainly for...

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Ireland supports Action Plans and joins Human Rights Trust Fund

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 24 June 2022 Strasbourg

In the framework of their Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Government of Ireland has made a voluntary contribution of €665 616 towards Council of Europe Action Plans and projects that support the priorities of the Irish Chairmanship. Ireland’s contribution will support the Council...

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Flight MH17 shot down by a Russian-supplied Buk missile ‘most convincing scenario by far’, says PACE

PACE session 23 June 2022 Strasbourg

PACE has said that, based on the evidence made available to its rapporteur by Ukrainian and Dutch authorities, it considers “as the most convincing scenario by far” that flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 by a Buk missile made available to military units controlled by the Russian...

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“Brute force and misuse of power can never be allowed to have the last word” King of The Netherlands tells PACE

PACE Session 23 June 2022 Strasbourg

“Brute force and misuse of power can never be allowed to have the last word. That conviction is what inspired the Kingdom of the Netherlands to join with nine other countries in 1949 to establish the Council of Europe”, highlighted His Majesty King Willem-Alexander while addressing PACE. ‘It must...

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Greek President calls for a strengthened Council of Europe to face Russian aggression and other challenges

Parliamentary Assembly Session 22 June 2022 Strasbourg

In an address to the Parliamentary Assembly today, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou called for a stronger Council of Europe and greater multilateralism to tackle the many challenges facing Europe today – ranging from the war in Ukraine to climate change and economic and social upheaval....

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Simon Coveney at PACE: It’s time for Council of Europe Heads of State and Government to reconvene

Parliamentary Assembly session 21 June 2021 Strasbourg

In the wake of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has called for a fourth summit of Heads of State and Government of the 46-nation Council of Europe. Speaking to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as chair of the organisation’s Committee...

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Marija Pejčinović Burić: upholding the principles of democratic security requires political will

Secretary General 21 June 2022 Strasbourg

“The time has come for a fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government” to agree on how we best fit in the newly shaped geopolitical architecture of Europe and how to put democratic security on a firmer footing for the years to come, said Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović...

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Sanctions and measures without deprivation of liberty in Europe: annual statistics for 2021

SPACE 21 June 2022 Strasbourg

The number of persons subject to sanctions and measures which keep offenders in the community remained relatively stable from January 2020 to January 2021, after several years of regular growth, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the 2021 SPACE II annual survey, carried out for...

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Türkiye: Reducing threshold for parliamentary elections is welcome but other amendments could hamper inclusive democracy and impartiality of elections

Venice Commission 21 June 2022 Strasbourg

Despite some positive aspects, a recent law amending parliamentary election procedures in Türkiye (Law No. 7393) could impede the participation of newer (and smaller) parties, according to an opinion by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission of legal and constitutional experts. Jointly drafted...

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PACE President urges members not to get used to the war in Ukraine

Parliamentary Assembly Session 20 June 2022 Strasbourg

In his opening speech of the PACE summer session, President Tiny Kox invited members to hold a minute of silence for all the victims of the war in Ukraine, urging them to help end the suffering of the Ukrainian people and to continue showing solidarity. “This horrible war should never become a...

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Azerbaijan media law: overregulation in an already restrictive environment

Venice Commission 20 June 2022 Strasbourg

In the context of an already extremely confined space for independent journalism and media in Azerbaijan, the new media Law in Azerbaijan will have a “chilling effect”, said the Council of Europe’s body of constitutional legal experts, the Venice Commission, in its joint opinion together with the...

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Secretary General welcomes Ukrainian Parliament’s approval of Istanbul Convention

Secretary General 20 June 2022 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement today: “As women and girls are particularly vulnerable during the conflict, I warmly welcome the approval by the Ukrainian Parliament of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating...

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Council of Europe and UNHCR: anyone fleeing war or persecution has the right to seek safety and protection

Council of Europe 20 June 2022 Strasbourg

On the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June 2022, the Council of Europe and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) emphasise that anyone fleeing war, conflict or persecution or risking violence, abuse or exploitation, has the right to seek safety and protection. Almost four months into the war in...

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Continued use of the situation of Russian as a minority language as a pretext for aggression against Ukraine unacceptable

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 17 June 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in the statement adopted at the latest plenary session condemned in the strongest possible terms the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and expressed its solidarity with all people of Ukraine....

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Moldova needs more resources and expertise to welcome refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) 17 June 2022 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) has concluded her fact-finding visit to the Republic of Moldova (13-15 June 2022), which focused on the protection of the refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. The number of arrivals in the country has decreased...

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Venice Commission plenary session

Venice Commission 17 June 2022 Strasbourg

The June plenary session of the Venice Commission took place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June. The constitutional law experts adopted opinions on the Media Law of Azerbaijan, the Independence of Judicial Courts of Lebanon, amendments to electoral legislation in Türkiye, the vetting of judges and...

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Romania has improved protection of women from domestic violence, but progress needed on definition of rape

GREVIO 16 June 2022 Strasbourg

In its first report on Romania, the Council of Europe’s GREVIO – the independent expert group that monitors implementation of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) – acknowledges the steps taken by the country to comply with...

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Secretary General’s report on the human rights situation in Crimea: Committee of Ministers gravely concerned

Secretary General 16 June 2022 Strasbourg

In a decision adopted in the light of a report by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Committee of Ministers has condemned human rights violations committed by the Russian occupying authorities, against ethnic Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars and other residents of...

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Anti-torture Committee reiterates its recommendations to address inter-prisoner violence, informal hierarchy in Georgia’s “zonas”

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 16 June 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published a report on its May 2021 ad hoc visit to Georgia, together with the response of the Georgian authorities. The objective of the visit was to review the...

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PACE session highlights: President of the Hellenic Republic and the King of the Netherlands

Parliamentary Assembly 16 June 2022 Strasbourg

Addresses by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, and by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands are among highlights of the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which takes place in Strasbourg from 20-24 June 2022. There will...

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