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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Ireland takes over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 20 May 2022 Turin

Ireland has taken over the rotating Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers from Italy at the annual meeting of foreign ministers from the organisation’s 46 member states. At the handover, the outgoing Chair of the Committee of Ministers – Italy’s Minister for Foreign...

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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 providing measures to better respond to needs and challenges that they face. Drawing on Council of Europe treaties including the Istanbul...

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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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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 are holding their annual session today, 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...

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Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 11, 13 and 17 May 2022

Strasbourg

At their 1434th meeting, the Ministers’ Deputies continued to examine the consequences of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. They heard a communication from Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on her visit to Ukraine and held an exchange of views with the Commissioner...

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Enhanced co-operation and disclosure of electronic evidence: 22 countries sign new Protocol to Cybercrime Convention

Committee of Ministers Presidency 12 May 2022 Strasbourg

The Second Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention), aimed at enhancing co-operation and disclosure of electronic evidence has been opened for signature at a conference organised under the Italian Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The...

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

12 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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Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 4 May 2022

Strasbourg

At their 1433rd meeting, on 4 May, the Ministers’ Deputies continued to examine the consequences of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. They also took a series of decisions on the conflict in Georgia and continued their preparation of the 132nd Session of the Committee of...

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European Conference of Prosecutors in Palermo

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 4 May 2022 Palermo (Italy)

In the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, the European Conference of Prosecutors (5-6 May) is taking place at the Palazzo dei Normanni, the Sicilian Regional Assembly’s headquarters. The conference is promoted by the Prosecutor-General’s Office of the Court of...

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The expulsion of Russia from the Council of Europe was inevitable, Di Maio tells PACE

Parliamentary Assembly 28 April 2022 Strasbourg

“The expulsion of the Russian Federation from the Council of Europe was made inevitable by the atrocity of the crimes committed in Ukraine. Not only has Russia illegally and unjustifiably invaded another Member State, but it has continued its aggression in open violation of human rights and the...

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Anti-doping: Committee of Ministers adopts recommendation on fair proceedings in sport

Committee of Ministers 25 April 2022 Strasbourg

The fight against doping in sport requires fair proceedings while respecting the need to protect an athlete’s private life including reputation and health-related information. The Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation to Member States aimed at reinforcing the human rights principles...

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Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 20 April 2022

Strasbourg

At their 1432nd meeting, on 20 April, the Ministers’ Deputies continued to examine the consequences of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. They approved the draft agenda of the 132nd Session of the Committee of Ministers (Turin, 19-20 May 2022) and took note of the...

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Child self-generated sexual images and videos: new report provides guidance to governments

Council of Europe 8 April 2022 Strasbourg

Addressing challenges raised by the significant increase and exploitation of child self-generated sexual images and videos is the focus of the new monitoring report presented by the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Committee in Rome. The report covers 43 European states Parties (*) to the Lanzarote...

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Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies on 6 April 2022

Strasbourg

The Ministers’ Deputies held a minute of silence, at the start of their 1431st meeting on 6 April, to express their condolences and support to Ukraine following the hideous murders discovered in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, as well as in other areas that Russian armed forces have recently left....

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Tackling the risks for democracy of digital political campaigning: Council of Europe issues guidelines

Committee of Ministers 6 April 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has issued a set of guidelines to its 46 member states to address the challenges to the fairness and legitimacy of electoral processes created by new digital political communication techniques. These challenges include the possible abusive use of microtargeting, personal...

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Links between Artificial Intelligence and human rights at the heart of high-level event in Rome

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 4 April 2022 Strasbourg

The impact of Artificial Intelligence on human rights, democracy and the Rule of Law in building a person-friendly future is the theme of a high-level event at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome. Co-organised by the Italian Presidency of the Committee of...

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Ministers of Culture conference: “Creating our future: creativity and cultural heritage as strategic resources for a diverse and democratic Europe”

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 31 March 2022 Strasbourg

In the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe and the Italian Ministry of Culture has organised a Conference of Ministers of Culture in a hybrid format (in Strasbourg and online), on April 1st. The Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini...

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Protecting witnesses and collaborators of justice: Committee of Ministers recommendation

Committee of Ministers 31 March 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe´s Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation providing guidance to its 46 member states on the protection of witnesses and collaborators of justice and aiming to strengthen international cooperation in this field. The text, which updates a recommendation on the same...

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Progress and challenges seen in implementing human rights judgments, says annual report

Committee of Ministers 30 March 2022 Strasbourg

Human rights have improved in a number of countries thanks to moves by governments to implement judgments from the European Court of Human Rights, but serious challenges remain, according to the latest annual report from the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers. The report underlines...

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