Tunisia, 30th country to sign Convention 108+

24/05/2019 strasbourg

Today, 24 May 2019, M. Mohamed Ridha BEN MOSBAH, Ambassador of the Tunisian Republic in Brussels, signed the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Processing of Personal Data in presence of the Deputy Secretary General Ms Gabriela Battaini-Dragoni....

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The Council of Europe partnership with business to protect human rights showcased at RIPE

22/05/2019 Reykjavik

Patrick Penninckx, the head of the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe, addressed the RIPE forum, a network of European internet operators, on May 22 in Reykjavik. One year after the first meeting of a special cooperation format between the Council of Europe and business...

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Council of Europe publishes Annual Statistics on Probation

21/05/2019 strasbourg

The number of persons in Europe subject to community sanctions and measures (CSM) — usually known as alternatives to imprisonment - under the supervision of probation agencies is increasing, according to the Council of Europe annual SPACE II survey, published today, whilst at the same time the...

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Conference on “Gender equality and media” organised in Baku

17/05/2019 baku

The Council of Europe organised a conference on “Gender equality and media” under its project “Gender equality and media freedom in Azerbaijan” in partnership with the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, the Ombudsman Office and the Azerbaijan Press Council on 13 May 2019 in...

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Governments of the Member States sign and/or ratify a number of the Council of Europe's Conventions

16-17/05/2019 Helsinki

On the occasion of the meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Council of Europe on 16 and 17 May 2019 in Helsinki (Finland), a celebratory treaty event has allowed governments to sign and/or ratify a number of Conventions, as follows: Protocol amending the Convention for the...

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24th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services (CDPPS)

21-22/05/2019 Ayia Napa, Cyprus

The cyberpunk novelist William Gibson once said: “Technologies are morally neutral until we apply them.” The 24th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services will discuss how new technologies influence the management of offenders in the 21st century, the positive...

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Foreign Affairs Ministers recall rights and duties of member states, define priority areas for future action

17/05/2019 Helsinki

As the Council of Europe is celebrating its 70th anniversary, over 30 Foreign Affairs Ministers from the 47 member states reaffirmed the importance of the Organisation as a unique platform for dialogue and co-operation. Meeting in Helsinki for their annual session, the Ministers declared that:...

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Bioethics: High-Level Seminar on Public Debate

04/06/2019 strasbourg

We have the pleasure to invite you to the High-level seminar on public debate as a tool for the governance of new technologies, organised by the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) of the Council of Europe under the auspices of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. The high-level...

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Unboxing artificial intelligence: 10 steps to protect human rights

14/05/2019 strasbourg

“Ensuring that human rights are strengthened and not undermined by artificial intelligence is one of the key factors that will define the world we live in”, says Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, in a Recommendation published today. This Recommendation – entitled...

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Study visit of Moldovan asset recovery officials to the Criminal Assets Bureau in Ireland

13-14/05/2019 dublin

On 13 and 14 May, representatives of the Moldovan Asset Recovery Office visited the Irish Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) in Dublin. The programme of the study visit designed by the CLEP project foresaw exchange of experiences concerning intelligence assessment, national and international...

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“HELP in the EU” cross border launch of the course Labour Rights as Human Rights

06-07/05/2019 warsaw

Under the EU-Council of Europe “HELP in the EU” Project, over 90 lawyers from Bulgaria, Greece and Poland met in Warsaw on 6 and 7 May 2019 for a seminar on labour law and the launch of the HELP course. The seminar was held at the premises of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in...

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Dangers of disinformation discussed in San Marino

10/05/2019 san marino

A high-level conference on the dangers of disinformation took place in San Marino on the 10th May 2019. Prompted by video messages from Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations and the address by Nicola Renzi,...

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Newsroom Turkey Improving the Effectiveness of Investigation and Combating Ill-Treatment

02-03/05/2019 ankara

The closing of the Council of Europe Project on “Improving the Effectiveness of Investigation of Allegations of Ill-treatment and Combating Impunity” was marked with two subsequent events: The International conference on perspectives and challenges in dealing with ill-treatment allegations of...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Georgia

10/05/2019 strasbourg

During the visit, the delegation assessed progress made in the implementation of the recommendations made by the CPT following the previous visit in 2014. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the treatment of persons in police custody and the situation of prisoners in...

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European Conference of Data Protection Authorities

09-10/05/2019 tbilisi

The Office of the Data Protection Inspector of Georgia, Ms Tamar Kaldani, is hosting the 29th Edition of the European Conference of Data Protection Authorities (“Spring Conference”). This annual meeting is an important occasion for the 30+ European data protection authorities (90 participants) to...

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The ECCD publishes the 2018 Highlights report

05/2019 strasbourg

The Economic Crime and Cooperation Division (ECCD) publishes its annual Highlights report for 2018. The Highlights cover the implementation of ECCD actions and projects across 27 jurisdictions, reflecting the wide support provided by the ECCD to beneficiaries and partners working to combat...

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Privacy Policy in The Gambia

06-10/05/2019 banjul

In order to draft the national privacy and data protection policy in line with international standards, Gambia has requested the Council of Europe’s support in the organisation of a workshop and the delivery of the draft national privacy and data protection policy. Carried out under the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee says Germany needs to ensure better treatment of foreign nationals being removed by air

09/05/2019 strasbourg

The report concerns the monitoring of a return flight of Afghan nationals from Munich to Kabul (Afghanistan) on 14 August 2018, carried out under the authority of the German Federal Police and in co-operation with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). The CPT’s delegation observed...

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First cross-border launch of the EU-Council of Europe HELP course on Radicalisation Prevention for prison and probation staff

02-03/05/2019 athens

The EU-Council of Europe HELP Course on Radicalisation Prevention was launched in Athens on 2 and 3 May 2019, for over 70 prison and probation staff from Greece, Germany and members of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP), of different nationalities. This is the first time a HELP course...

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Secretary General Jagland meets President Emmanuel Macron

06/05/2019 paris

Secretary General Jagland today met with President Emmanuel Macron for an exchange on the current challenges facing the organisation ahead of the French presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which begins on 17 May. Addressing the press alongside President Macron,...

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