Venice Commission: Biennial elections of the governing structures


During its December plenary session (18-19 December 2015), the Venice Commission held biennial elections of its governing structures: Presidency, Bureau and Chairs of Sub-Commissions and Councils. The incumbent President of the Commission Mr Gianni Buquicchio of Italy was re-elected to lead the...

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Venice Commission session plenary

18/12/2015 strasbourg

The Law of Ukraine on the condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) regimes and prohibition of propaganda of their symbols pursues a legitimate aim, but is too broad in scope which can lead to obstructing free expression, preventing political parties from running in elections,...

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PACS Closing Conference


The Joint European Union – Council of Europe Project “Strengthening the Capacities of Law Enforcement and Judiciary in the Fight against Corruption in Serbia” (PACS) will hold its closing conference on 17 December 2015. Numerous beneficiaries, as well as the wider public concerned with...

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Committee of Ministers' decisions on the execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments

11/12/2015 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers today published the decisions and resolutions adopted at its 1243rd special “human rights” meeting (8-9 December 2015) during which it has examined the state of implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The list of the cases which were subjected...

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The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society held its 9th plenary meeting

11/12/2015 Strasbourg

Three major drafts have been approved during this important plenary meeting from 8-11 December and thus completed the 2014-2015 mandate of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI): a draft Committee of Ministers recommendation on safety of journalists and other media...

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Social and economic rights are also fundamental rights

10/12/2015 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on 10 December, Giuseppe Palmisano, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, has once again underlined that social and economic rights are linked to civil and political rights: “The social and economic rights guaranteed by the...

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Presentation of a survey results and strategic documents on mental health in Georgia

08/12/2015 Tbilisi

The Council of Europe will present on 9 December 2015 the results of the Sociological Survey on Attitudes towards Mental Health Problems in Georgia and the Strategy and Communication Plan for Raising Awareness on Mental Health Issues. The survey, the strategy and the communication plan were...

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84th meeting of the Steering Committee for Human Rights

07/12/2015 Strasbourg

On the occasion of its meeting, the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) is invited notably, from 7-11 December 2015, to examine its draft report on the longer-term future of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the draft Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers...

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Launching of the new project Cybercrime@EAP III

02/12/2015 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Union have launched a new action on cybercrime in the Eastern Partnership region. The new project called Cybercrime@EAP III is aimed at improving the cooperation between criminal justice authorities and service providers in specific criminal investigations...

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Strengthening the judiciary in the Southern Mediterranean

30/11/2015 Venice

Government officials from the Southern Mediterranean and Council of Europe experts have gathered from 30 November to 3 December to assess constitutional and transitional justice. The event represented the first Module of the Programme of Advanced Training in the field of human rights, the rule of...

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