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Webinar: Promoting health literacy in the context of a pandemic - relevance and challenges

30/06/2020 Strasbourg

On 30 June 2020, in the framework of the launching of the Strategic Action Plan on Human Rights and Technologies in Biomedicine (2020-2025) organised under the auspices of the Greek chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) held a webinar on...

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Webinar: COVID-19 testing - key human rights and ethical concerns

26/06/2020 Strasbourg

On 26 June 2020, in the framework of the launching of the Strategic Action Plan on Human Rights and Technologies in Biomedicine (2020-2025) organised under the auspices of the Greek chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) held a webinar on...

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First request for an advisory opinion concerning the Oviedo Convention submitted to the European Court of Human Rights

25 June 2020 Strasbourg

In December 2019, the European Court of Human Rights has received, for the first time, a request for an advisory opinion from the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) under Article 29 of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (“the Oviedo Convention”). The questions posed...

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Human rights in biomedicine in the post-COVID-19 period: action plan 2020-2025

24 June 2020 Strasbourg

The Bioethics Committee launches today its new action plan on human rights and biomedical technologies. Governance of technologies, equity in health care and physical and mental integrity are at the heart of this five-year strategy. “While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating,...

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HELP – Online learning tool on Human Rights in Biomedicine

07/05/2020 Strasbourg

As emphasised by the Committee on Bioethics, it is essential that decisions and practices addressing the current health crisis meet the fundamental requirement of respect for human dignity. Human rights must be upheld to ensure that this situation does not increase existing vulnerabilities and...

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COVID-19: Human rights principles must guide health decisions

14 April 2020 Strasbourg

In a Statement published on 14 April 2020, the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics recalls the fundamental principles, based on the respect for human dignity and human rights, which must guide medical decisions and practices in the context of the current crisis. Health care systems are under...

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Protecting human rights in biomedicine: A new Human Rights and Technologies Action Plan (2020-2025) was supported by the Committee of Ministers

12 February 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today supported a new five-year strategic action plan, presented by the Committee on Bioethics, on human rights and technologies in biomedicine. Designed to protect human dignity, human rights and individual freedoms with regard to the...

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HELP course on Bioethics launched for Italian lawyers

27 January 2020 Rome, Italy

On 27 January 2020, the Council of Europe HELP course on Key Human Rights Principles in Biomedicine (Bioethics) was launched for a group of 30 lawyers in cooperation with the Italian National Bar Council (Consiglio Nazionale Forense). Participants were welcomed by Francesca Sorbi, National...

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The Council of Europe HELP course on 'Key human rights principles in bioethics' is launched in Latvia

16 December 2019 Riga, Latvia

The course is tutored by Ronalds Roskalns, the national tutor and co-author of the HELP course. Agenda Video of the event HELP course Key human rights principles in bioethics

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Round Table on good practices in mental health care

26 November 2019 Brussels

On 26 November 2019, the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) organised a round table in Brussels on the scope and the methodology to be adopted in a study on “Good practices in mental health care – how to promote voluntary measures”. The participants, representing persons with...

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