Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the United Kingdom, focusing on police and prisons in Scotland

11/10/2019 strasbourg

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation in police and prison establishments in Scotland and to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visit in 2012; specific attention was paid to inmates in segregation, in remand, women prisoners generally and to overall healthcare...

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120th plenary session of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

10-11/10/2019 venice

Venice – One highlight of the Venice Commission plenary session is an exchange of views with Rustam Badasyan, Armenian Justice Minister, as the Council of Europe legal experts are expected to adopt an opinion on constitutional implications of ratifying the Istanbul Convention against domestic...

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Death Penalty Day: EU/Council of Europe joint statement

09/10/2019 strasbourg

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have published a joint statement to mark the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October. The statement underlines both...

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Justice ministers to discuss digital challenges for justice in Europe

09/10/2019 strasbourg

Conference of Ministers of Justice Council of Europe ministers of justice will gather in Strasbourg on 14 and 15 October for a conference being held under the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, with representatives from 47 countries. The ministers will discuss access to the law...

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Deputy Secretary General opens Joint Workshop on family

9-11/10/2019 rome

The Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will open together with the Italian Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family, Elena Bonetti the Joint Workshop on family as a hub for social policies. The event is organised by the Department for Family Policies of the Italian Presidency...

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Celebrating the first anniversary of the opening for signature of the Protocol amending Convention 108: already 34 signatures!

10/10/2019 strasbourg

Today, 10th of October 2019, marks the first anniversary of the opening for signature of the Protocol amending Convention 108, which provides Convention 108+. Among the first parties to have signed, the 21 present on 10 October last year, with already on that day a non-European signature...

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Focus on responsible AI: a new Council of Europe study draws attention to the responsibility challenges linked to the use of artificial intelligence

09/10/2019 strasbourg

Advanced digital technologies and services today are increasingly enhanced by self-learning and other AI tools. This has created substantial benefits for society and added more efficiency, accuracy and convenience to many of our lives. Yet, public anxiety around AI is also growing. A new Council...

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Mission to Malta reviews progress in execution of ECHR judgments

09/10/2019 valletta

The Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights carried out a mission to Malta on 8 and 9 October. During this mission, the Department’s delegation held a series of meetings and discussions with the Maltese authorities concerning the progress of the execution...

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(Last) call for quality journalism

10/10/2019 strasbourg

The internet and digital technology have brought the world to our fingertips, information and knowledge but a click away. The abundance of sources, however, does not guarantee a richer, more diverse information diet. In the flood of sensationalist and manipulative messages we need quality...

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Georgia: Parliamentary Oversight over the execution of ECHR judgments

07/10/2019 tbilisi

On 2 October a representative of the Execution Department took part in the launch in Tbilisi, Georgia, of the Council of Europe project “Supporting Parliamentary Oversight over Execution of the ECHR judgments”. The project aims to assist national stakeholders in strengthening domestic mechanisms...

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Launching Conference for the new EU/CoE Joint Project on “Strengthening the Criminal Justice System and the Capacity of Justice Professionals on Prevention of the European Convention on Human Rights Violations in Turkey”

03/10/2019 ankara

The European Union-Council of Europe Joint Project on “Strengthening the Criminal Justice System and the Capacity of Justice Professionals on Prevention of the European Convention on Human Rights Violations in Turkey” was launched on 3 October 2019, in Ankara with the participation of...

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Managing judicial timeframes: the SATURN Centre is developing new tools for courts

02/04/10/2019 barcelona

In order to facilitate and standardise the management of judicial timeframes in Europe, the CEPEJ Working Group on judicial time management (SATURN Centre) is developing a number of practical tools for legal professionals and courts. At its 26th meeting, on 2nd and 4th October 2019, in Barcelona...

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C-PROC organised roundtable on cybercrime to mark the 70th anniversary

02/10/2019 bucharest

To mark the 70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe, the Cybercrime Programme Office (C-PROC) in Bucharest organised the roundtable “Cybercrime: Global and National Trends". The C-PROC office based in Bucharest takes up on behalf of the Council of Europe the responsibility to implement...

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Towards a Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime: Invitation to participate in consultations

21-22/11/2019 strasbourg

Consultations on the ongoing preparation of a 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention will be held within the framework of the Octopus Conference on Cybercrime from 20 to 22 November 2019, and specifically on Thursday, 21 November and Friday, 22 November. They are to permit an exchange...

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Moldovans invited to learn and celebrate diversity through movies

02/10/2019 strasbourg

Documentary films are an extremely powerful medium of raising awareness about human rights and diversity issues and inspiring change. This is why the Council of Europe Office in Chisinau is organising in partnership with Telefilm-Chisinau Department of the public service broadcasting and the...

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Armenia, 34th country to sign Convention 108+

02/10/2019 strasbourg

The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the Council of Europe, Ambassador Mr. Paruyr Hovhannisyan, signed the Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Processing of Personal Data (STCE n° 223) in presence of the Deputy Secretary General,...

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Supporting media legislation reform in Montenegro

01/10/2019 Cetinje

On October 1, 2019, Patrick Penninckx, head of the Information Society Department, met Aleksandar Bogdanovic, Minister of Culture of Montenegro, in Cetinje, in order to discuss about the current legislative reform of the media policy area, and the Future co-operation between the Council of Europe...

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Execution of judgments of the regional human rights courts

01/10/2019 berlin

On 26 and 27 September 2019, a representative of the Execution Department participated in the annual conference of the Law and Development Research Network at Humboldt University in Berlin. She was part of a Panel examining the execution of judgments of the regional human rights courts which...

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Implementing social rights: lessons learnt - First dialogue between the European Committee of Social Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

03-04/09/2019 madrid

The Department of the European Social Charter is organising, together with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain and the Diplomatic School of Madrid, a conference on 3-4 October in Madrid to broader the discussion between the...

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2019 Václav Havel Prize shared by Ilham Tohti and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights

30/09/2019 strasbourg

The seventh Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights – has been awarded jointly to imprisoned Uyghur intellectual Ilham Tohti from China and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR), which brings together young people from...

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