European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Strasbourg 22 June 2018
Xenophobic populism and hate speech have continued to be on the rise in 2017, with high levels of...
Council of Europe Strasbourg 20 June 2018
The United Kingdom has formally ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of...
Human trafficking: Spain achieved progress, but further action needed against trafficking for labour exploitationGroup of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) Strasbourg 20 June 2018
Spain has made progress in developing the legislative, institutional and policy framework against...
Croatian Chairmanship underlines the importance of dialogue with national minority representatives and the competent institutions in advancing national minority rightsCouncil of Europe Strasbourg 19 June 2018
Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister...
Conference “National Minorities and Minority Languages in a changing Europe” in Strasbourg next weekCouncil of Europe Strasbourg 14 June 2018
A high-level conference “Minorities and Minority Languages in a Changing Europe” will be held in...
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The Directorate General of Democracy (“DGII”) supports the Council of Europe in fields which are vital for the sustainability of democracy: ensuring respect for human dignity without discrimination on the basis of human rights standards; improving the functioning of democratic institutions; and strengthening the democratic competencies of Europe’s citizens and their willingness to engage in the democratic process and promoting respect for diversity in Europe’s societies, in a spirit of solidarity and tolerance, based on the human rights and legal standards of the Council of Europe.