Secretary General honours Roma Holocaust victims

2 August 2020 Strasbourg

On 2 August 1944, the remaining Roma of the so-called “Zigeunerlager” (Gypsy camp) – some 3,000 men, women and children – were exterminated in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Roma Holocaust was an attempt by the Nazi regime and its supporters to exterminate the Romani people of...

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Monitoring co-rapporteurs for Serbia deeply concerned by financial investigations against prominent NGOs and media

30 July 2020 Strasbourg

“We are deeply concerned about the information that financial investigations were launched by the Serbian Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering against over 50 prominent activists, NGOs and investigative media, including the 2019 PACE Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prizewinner “Youth...

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Multilateralism 2020: Secretary General publishes Annual Report

17 July 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has proven to be an essential, indispensable guardian of human rights during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is one of the main conclusions of a new report by the Secretary General covering the Council of Europe’s actions since the Helsinki Ministerial Meeting in May 2019 and...

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Serbia monitors condemn violence and call for transparency

15 July 2020 Strasbourg

The PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Serbia, Ian Liddell-Grainger (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Piero Fassino (Italy, SOC), have expressed great concern following the latest demonstrations and last week brutal clashes with police after new lockdown measures were announced in the country. “Any...

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The impact of the health crisis on freedom of expression and media freedom - Report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić

10 July 2020 Strasbourg

Over a year ago, the declaration adopted by the Committee of Ministers in Helsinki on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe stressed that "free and pluralist public debate is an essential condition for democracy and we must take firm action to reverse the recent...

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Council of Europe to enhance professional training Europewide

8 July 2020 Strasbourg

The 2020 HELP Annual Network Conference (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) is today discussing the challenges in modern professional training, new opportunities and courses to be developed by the HELP Programme, and a timely initiative for mainstreaming Council of Europe conventions...

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Protector of Citizens and Association ’’Duga’’ together in the action "Promotion of diversity and equality in Serbia"


The Protector of Citizens met with the representatives of the Association ‘’Duga’’ from Sabac in order to agree on starting the joint implementation of activities dedicated to providing support to local self-government units in order to incorporate measures to improve the status of LGBTI people...

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Regional online round table “Elections, pandemic and disinformation”

6 July 2020 Strasbourg

In these difficult and uncertain times, the European Union and the Council of Europe are determined to contribute to the international and local discussions and standard setting on freedom of expression to ensure that citizens are provided with reliable and accurate information to ensure their...

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Schools should include Roma and Traveller history in teaching curricula

2 July 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation that for the first time ever calls on its 47 member states to include the history of Roma and/or Travellers (*) in school curricula and teaching materials. An effective tool to combat hatred, discrimination and prejudice,...

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Marking 70 years of the European Convention on Human Rights in critical times

1 June 2020 Strasbourg

The HELP Annual Network Conference is the main gathering of the HELP Network members and partners. It provides a forum to present the latest HELP courses developed and key HELP projects. It is also a forum for discussion on how to enhance the impact of human rights training and how to improve...

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