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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 4 December 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 28 decisions concerning 17 member states during the meeting, including 4 Interim...

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Moldova should improve access to justice for victims of human trafficking

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 3 December 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has urged the Republic of Moldova to guarantee access to justice for victims of trafficking in human beings by ensuring that they receive specialised assistance and free legal aid at an early stage,...

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Croatia should strengthen human trafficking investigations and sanctions and access to compensation for victims

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 3 December 2020 Strasbourg

A new report on Croatia from the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) focuses on victim access to justice and effective remedies. GRETA acknowledges steps taken, since its previous report on Croatia was published in 2016, to develop the...

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Albania must implement legal framework to prevent corruption of ministers, their advisers and the police

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 3 December 2020 Strasbourg

In a new report the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) finds that in Albania, the legal framework for preventing corruption of members of the Council of Ministers and their political advisers, and of the police, is comprehensive, but still overly complex. It calls on...

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Poland should stop the stigmatisation of LGBTI people

Commissioner for Human Rights 3 December 2020 Strasbourg

“Public officials and opinion makers should stop promoting an atmosphere of hate and intolerance vis-à-vis LGBTI people and instead, improve respect for their human rights. Stigmatisation and hate speech carry a real risk of legitimising violence. LGBTI are people, not an ideology”, said the...

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States should deliver on their commitments to persons with disabilities

Commissioner for Human Rights 2 December 2020 Strasbourg

This year, we mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at a time when the COVID19 pandemic is still raging in Europe. The pandemic has disproportionately affected persons with disabilities and exposed all the pre-existing failings in Council of Europe member states. Among many...

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“Covid-19: Local and regional authorities on the frontline”

Congress 2 December 2020 Strasbourg

Local and regional authorities are on the front line in containing the spread of Covid-19 and mitigating the impact of the epidemic. In order to hear the stories of those who have been organising, coordinating and delivering responses to the crisis in towns and cities, provinces and Départements,...

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Nabila Hamza and Leoluca Orlando awarded North-South Prize

North-South Centre 2 December 2020 Strasbourg

Portuguese Parliament President Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues today awarded the Council of Europe’s North-South Prize to Nabila Hamza (Tunisia) and Leoluca Orlando (Italy). The 2019 prize – given in the Senate room of the Portuguese Parliament – annually distinguishes two people for their exceptional...

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Bulgarian psychiatric and social care institutions: ill-treatment, acute understaffing, mechanical restraint misuse

Anti-torture Committee (CPT) 2 December 2020 Strasbourg

In a new report the Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee (CPT) has expressed grave concern that many of its long-standing recommendations concerning the treatment, conditions and legal safeguards offered to psychiatric patients and residents of social care institutions remain unimplemented....

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Convention on access to official documents enters into force

Council of Europe 1 December 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents, the first binding international legal instrument to recognise a general right of access to official documents held by public authorities, entered into force today. The treaty, also known as the Tromsø Convention, after the city in...

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Access to official documents is crucial – let’s make it a reality

Commissaire aux droits de l'homme 1 December 2020 Strasbourg

People have the right to know what those in power are doing. This was the basis on which the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents was adopted more than ten years ago in Tromsø, Norway. This Convention is the first binding international legal instrument to recognise a...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 30 November 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers will carry out its latest quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 1 to 3 December. Information on the cases to be examined in detail this week is available here....

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Andorra: action needed in measuring violence against women and supporting rape victims

GROUP OF EXPERTS ON ACTION AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (GREVIO) 30 November 2020 Strasbourg

In its first report evaluating the implementation by Andorra of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the “Istanbul Convention”, the Group of Experts (GREVIO) acknowledges significant progress in the legislative sphere...

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Congress Bureau greenlights report on remote election observation procedure concerning Ukraine

Congress 27 NOVEMBER 2020 Strasbourg

The Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted, on 26 November, an information report on the remote observation procedure regarding the local elections held in Ukraine on 25 October 2020. "This report acknowledges the extraordinary circumstances in...

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Council of Europe adopts new Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova

Committee of Ministers 26 November 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers, representing the 47 Council of Europe member states, has adopted the Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova for the years 2021-2024, which aims to bring the country’s legislation, institutions and practice further in line with European standards in the areas of human...

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Backsliding on minority rights weakens democracy

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minoritie 25 November 2020 Strasbourg

“Where divisions are constructed between different ethnic, cultural, linguistic or religious groups, democracy is weakened. The backsliding on minority rights is a cause for real concern as it may threaten the inclusive nature of European societies,” says the Advisory Committee on the Framework...

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Polish Supreme Court delegation holds online discussion with Council of Europe

Council of Europe 25 November 2020 Strabourg (online)

On 24 November 2020 a delegation of the Supreme Court of Poland, upon its initiative, held a virtual exchange of views with a delegation of the Council of Europe. The meeting took place against the background of previous findings by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, Group of States...

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Spain - Action against violence against women and domestic violence

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 25 November 2020 Strasbourg

In its first report evaluating the implementation by Spain of the Council of Europe’s “Istanbul Convention”, the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) acknowledges the commitment of the Spanish authorities to combat violence against women and the...

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“We cannot allow the home to become a place of fear, again”

Secretary General 24 November 2020 Strasbourg

Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

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Venice Commission on the draft new Constitution of Bulgaria: welcome amendments introduced, but further changes and clarifications needed

Venice Commission 23 November 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s body of constitutional legal experts, the Venice Commission, has adopted on Friday its urgent interim opinion on the draft new Constitution of Bulgaria prepared upon the request of the President of the National Assembly of Bulgaria. The opinion focuses on the reform of the...

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