Conference on Freedom of Association on 13 September 2022

Save the date! Venice Commission (under the auspices of the Irish Presidency) and ODIHR, is organizing a conference on Freedom of Association named “CIVIL SOCIETY: EMPOWERMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY” to be held on September 13, 2022. This event will last all day and will be divided into 2 parts. It...

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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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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from Committee of Ministers

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS 10 June 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has published the case-by-case decisions taken during the Committee’s meeting from 8 to 10 June to supervise the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights. The Committee adopted 35 decisions concerning 17...

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Condemnation of Russia, Council of Europe’s priorities, assistance for Ukraine - Foreign Affairs Ministers’ meeting concludes in Turin

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS 20 May 2022 Strasbourg

At the end of a meeting where the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine figured high on the agenda, the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Council of Europe’s 46 member States decided today that the organisation should not emerge weakened from the crisis but, on the contrary,...

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Council of Europe proposes a comprehensive legal and policy framework to combat hate speech

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS 20 May 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has issued a set of guidelines to its 46 member states aimed at preventing and combating hate speech, both online and offline. In a Recommendation adopted during its annual session held in Turin, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers calls on governments to develop...

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Protecting rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls: Council of Europe recommendation adopted

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS 20 May 2022 Turin

The Committee of Ministers, meeting in Turin, has adopted a new recommendation to protect the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls provides measures to better respond to needs and challenges that they face. Drawing on Council of Europe treaties including the Istanbul...

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Foreign ministers meet in Turin to discuss their response to Russian Federation aggression against Ukraine

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS PRESIDENCY 16 May 2022 Strasbourg

Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Council of Europe’s 46 member states will hold their annual session on Friday 20 May 2022 in Turin (Italy). The meeting takes place against the background of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which resulted in the exclusion of the Russian...

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Council of Europe experts release guidance to protect Ukrainian refugees from traffickers

ANTI-TRAFFICKING BODY GRETA 4 May 2022 Strasbourg

New guidance from the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking body GRETA will give European countries the advice they need to protect Ukrainians refugees from traffickers and to detect potential victims. The move comes following reports of suspected trafficking cases as the war causes an...

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Secretary General - Europe must remain resilient in the face of aggression and war

Secretary General 4 May 2022 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has marked Europe Day 2022 by calling on European states to renew their investment in human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the face of “terrible violence and seismic change.” Launching her annual report, Moving Forward 2022, the Secretary...

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World Forum for Democracy 2022 "Democracy: A New Hope ?"

7-9 November 2022 Strasbourg

Thirty years ago, many people believed that the spread of democracy was as inevitable as it was desirable. Those days are now far behind us. Instead, the public and policy-makers have watched as the spread of democracy has slowed and, by some measures, gone into reverse. Those who believe that...

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Council of Europe calls on states to support quality journalism: new guidelines

Council of Europe 17 March 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has adopted a Recommendation calling on its 46 member States to create a favourable environment for quality journalism to thrive and to play its essential role in democracy. The recommendation contains a set of legal, administrative and practical guidelines aimed at ensuring...

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The Russian Federation is excluded from the Council of Europe

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS 16 March 2022 Strasbourg

In an extraordinary meeting this morning, the Committee of Ministers decided, in the context of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council of Europe, that the Russian Federation ceases to be a member of the Council of Europe as from today, after 26 years of membership....

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Council of Europe leaders make joint statement on the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the Council of Europe

Council of Europe 15 March 2022 Strasbourg

The Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, Luigi Di Maio, the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović...

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PACE to debate the consequences of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine at an extraordinary plenary session on 14 and 15 March 2022

PACE 14 March 2022 Strasbourg

The consequences of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine will be the focus of an extraordinary plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), to be held in hybrid mode on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 March 2022. The Prime minister of Ukraine, Denys...

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Council of Europe leaders make joint statement on the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine

Council of Europe 8 March 2022 Strasbourg

The Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, Luigi Di Maio, the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović...

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War in Ukraine: protecting women and girls

SECRETARY GENERAL 8 March 2022 STRASBOURG

Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić ahead of International Women’s Day 8 March “As we continue to witness the horrors of war in Ukraine, I urge an agreement on viable humanitarian corridors which are essential to allow the safe passage of thousands of...

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International Women’s Day : #BreakTheBias starts with men

SECRETARY GENERAL 7 March 2022 STRASBOURG

Pay trends in some Council of Europe member states over a recent 12-year period reflect improvements in the gender pay gap. Eurostat for example reported a drop in the gender pay gap in the Czech Republic from just over 26% in 2008, to less than 16.5% in 2020. In Cyprus, the figure stood at 19.5%...

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The killing and suffering of people in Ukraine has to stop now

THE COMMISSIONER 1 March 2022 STRASBOURG

“For the sixth day now, Russia's military attack against Ukraine has continued to sow death and destruction in the heart of Europe. In just a few days, the war has led to the death or injury of hundreds of people, including many children. The latest shelling of the city of Kharkiv has laid bare...

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Statement from Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on the military attack by the Russian Federation on Ukraine

SECRETARY GENERAL 24 FEBRUARY 2022 STRASBOURG

“I strongly condemn the Russian military attack against Ukraine in flagrant violation of the Statute of Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights. This is a dark hour for Europe and everything it stands for. I call upon the authorities of Russia to immediately and...

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Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on the recognition of the so-called “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian Federation

SECRETARY GENERAL 21 FEBRUARY 2022 STRASBOURG

“The recognition of the so-called ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian Federation is in violation of international law and represents a unilateral breach of the Minsk agreements - which remain the only basis for a settlement of the conflict in Donbas. The Council of Europe...

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