The Council of Europe HELP Programme (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) held its 2022 Annual Network Conference in Strasbourg, France, and online.
Primarily aimed at Judiciary Schools and Bar Associations throughout the Council of Europe member States and beyond, as well as representatives of partner international organisations working on training of legal professionals, the Conference was fully broadcasted online and open to everyone interested in the work of the HELP Programme of the Council of Europe and in the HELP online courses.
The Conference was organised under the auspices of the Irish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
For 20 years, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) has worked to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law for the proper functioning of justice.
Established by Resolution Res(2002)12 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the CEPEJ helps to ensure that the public service of justice is efficient, accessible, and of better quality, by placing the needs of the user at the centre of the judicial process.
The CEPEJ celebrated its 20th anniversary during a ceremony, as an introduction to its 38th plenary meeting.
TheSecond Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention) was opened for signature in Strasbourg at the international conference, organised in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers.
The Protocol was signed by ministers and senior officials from 22 member and non-member States of the Council of Europe, Parties to the Convention: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain and Sweden, United States of America.
The event focused on theme such as the public prosecutor’s independence and accountability - protecting individual rights and common challenges with respect to the protection of human rights -, on judicial co-operation in the investigation of transnational crimes, including in particular the offences against the environment and those committed by means of the information technology.
On 31 March 2022, 36th day of war in Ukraine, Anna Murlykina, a journalist from Mariupol gave a testimony in a webinar organised by the Group of Friends on the Safety of Journalists and Media Freedom in Strasbourg and the Council of Europe.
Anna Murlykina was born and raised in Mariupol. In 2008 she had become the Editor-in-Chief of the only independent media outlet of Mariupol at that time - the www.0629.com.ua portal. She has continuously worked at the portal since then, including during the events of 2014, trying to counter Russian propaganda.
In the framework of the Italian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe organised an event on Social Resilience and Health Equity.
In the current international context, member States are urged to further engage in dialogue and co-operation, and to rediscover the very essence of their commitment to protecting human rights. The Council of Europe has been quick to react namely by providing Member States with tools and expertise to ensure that the crisis dos not undermine common values and principles.
On the occasion of Data Protection Day, which marks the anniversary of the opening for signature of the Council of Europe Data Protection Convention on 28 January 1981, the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe hosted a conference to discuss the potential as a global privacy standard of the modernised “Convention 108+”.
The modernised Convention, builds on the achievements of the 1981 “Convention 108”, which today is the only international, multilateral and legally binding instrument to protect privacy and personal data.