Council of Europe marks the International Day of Commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust

Council of Europe 27 January 2022 Strasbourg

On the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, the Council of Europe is marking the International Day of Commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust. Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić paid tribute to those who lost their lives. “Today, we remember the...

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States should effectively apply corporate liability to money laundering offences: Warsaw Convention report

20 January 2022 Strasbourg

The Conference of the Parties of the Council of Europe’s Warsaw Convention has called on its states parties to apply corporate liability to money laundering offences effectively. In a report released today, the Conference of the Parties of Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and...

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Serbia: PACE monitors welcome the adoption of constitutional amendments, "first step towards depoliticisation of the judiciary"

18 January 2022 Strasbourg

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Serbia, Ian Liddell-Grainger (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Piero Fassino (Italy, SOC), reacted to the outcome of the constitutional referendum held on 16 January 2022: “We welcome the approval, by 59% of the voters, of the constitutional amendments aimed at...

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Publishing of the brochure on international standards for respect of the work of the judiciary by public officials

December 2021 Belgrade

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia intensified their efforts to emphasise the need for full respect of judicial decisions and refraining from public comments on the work of courts by public officials and politicians. To that end, at the request of the Ministry, the joint European...

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Authorities of Serbia kick-start the process of preparation of the new Action Plan on National Minorities

23 December 2021 Belgrade

The Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue convened the first meeting of the Special Working Group to draft an Action Plan for the Exercise of the Rights of National Minorities on 20 December 2021. In its opening speech, Nadia Cuk, Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in...

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Publication of Guidelines on ethical usage of social media by judges and public prosecutors

21 December 2021 Belgrade

Following several months of research, which included intensive surveying of holders of judicial office, the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Strengthening independence and accountability of the judiciary” produced the Guidelines on ethical usage of social media by judges and...

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iPROCEEDS-2: Regional workshop on enhancement of capabilities

Cybercrime 2-3 December 2021 Tirana, Albania

The continuous growth in the use of technology which has endless positive aspects to it also brings along a darker side, namely the spread of cybercrime worldwide. The borderless nature of cybercrime requires cooperative efforts between all actors fighting against this crime in different...

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New MONEYVAL report on Serbia: improvements in fighting money laundering and terrorist financing have led to upgraded rating, minor deficiencies remain

MONEYVAL 13 December 2021 Strasbourg

Serbia has improved measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, demonstrating significant progress in the level of compliance with the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) standards, according to a new follow-up report published today by the Council of Europe anti-money laundering...

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The Steering Committee of the action “Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking in Serbia” holds its 5th meeting

9 December 2021 Serbia

The fifth meeting of the Steering Committee of the EU/CoE HFII action “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Serbia” took place on 8 December 2021 in a hybrid form in Belgrade. It gathered representatives of National Anti-trafficking Coordination Office, Ministry of the...

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Human Rights Day 2021: Now more than ever, we must stand up for human rights

Secretary General 10 December 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement ahead of Human Rights Day on 10 December: “When faced with difficult challenges, it can be tempting for states to consider relaxing human rights protections. In fact, the opposite...

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