Barnahus model helps children who suffered sexual abuse from feeling like victims for a second time, say Council of Europe leaders

Council of Europe 17 November 2022 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse marked on 18 November, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić and Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,...

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Strengthening capacities for ensuring equality in Azerbaijan by getting acquainted with relevant Council of Europe standards and mechanisms

27-28/09/2022 Strasbourg, France

The study visit of Azerbaijani Ombudsperson Office to Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg took place on 27 and 28 September 2022. Meetings organised within this occasion covered various Council of Europe standards and activities under the antidiscrimination umbrella, including the work...

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5th Round Evaluation visit to Azerbaijan (Baku, 26-30 September 2022)

30 September 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

A delegation comprising four GRECO evaluators (Germany, Poland, Serbia and Sweden) and two members of the Secretariat visited Baku from 26 to 30 September 2022 to carry out the evaluation of Azerbaijan in the framework of GRECO's 5th evaluation round. The topics covered were the prevention of...

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Networking for quality in non-formal education

3 October 2022 Baku, Azerbaijan

A seminar for trainers and youth workers involved in non-formal education in Azerbaijan was organised in Baku from 28 to 30 September 2022 under the title “Common grounds for networking for non-formal education”. The activity fostered exchange between youth workers and trainers and encourage the...

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Committee of Ministers profoundly concerned by lack of progress in implementing ECHR judgments on criminal persecution of government critics in Azerbaijan

Committee of Ministers 23 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has strongly urged the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately restore the rights of human rights activists and government critics, as required by the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The Committee adopted an Interim Resolution...

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Hostilities around Armenian-Azerbaijan border: statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

SECRETARY GENERAL 13 September 2022 Strasbourg

“Reports of escalating armed hostilities around the Armenian-Azerbaijani border are very alarming. Disagreements between Council of Europe member States must be resolved peacefully through negotiations. Recent direct contacts between the highest authorities of both countries were promising and...

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Azerbaijan’s authorities should immediately release human right lawyer Elchin Sadykov and journalist Avaz Zeynalli - Commissioner Mijatović

13 September 2022 Strasbourg, France

Azerbaijan’s authorities should immediately release human right lawyer Elchin Sadykov and journalist Avaz Zeynalli and stop intimidating and harassing civil society activists and independent media actors "The arrest last Saturday in Baku of human rights lawyer Elchin Sadykov and his client, Avaz...

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Statement on the occasion of the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

29 August 2022 Strasbourg, France

“The large number of people who have been reportedly forcibly disappeared in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s invasion in February is alarming. This abhorrent practice must stop”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović ahead of this year’s International Day of...

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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


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


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


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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