Preventing ill-treatment during police custody and pre-trial detention

22-23/03/2018 Copenhagen

The Danish Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is organising a seminar in Copenhagen on 22 and 23 March to discuss ways to strengthen the prevention of torture and ill-treatment during police custody and pre-trial detention, the time when persons are most at risk from...

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Algorithms and Human Rights: a new study has been published

22/03/2018 Strasbourg

A new Council of Europe publication entitled "Algorithms and Human Rights - Study on the human rights dimension of automated data processing techniques and possible regulatory implications” has been prepared by the committee of experts on internet intermediaries (MSI-NET) of the Council of...

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Armenian stakeholders discuss the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

20-21/03/2018 Yerevan, Armenia

On 20 and 21 March 2018, a Colloquy on the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) against Armenia concerning effective investigation of ill-treatment was organised by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia...

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Exchange of views of the President of the European Committee of Social Rights with the Committee of Ministers

22/03/2018 Strasbourg

“The European Social Charter represents today the most important and widely accepted legal framework of reference for identifying what social rights are, and what their protection and progressive realisation mean and require from European States”, said Professor Giuseppe Palmisano, President of...

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Project achievements discussed at the Closing Conference of the Council of Europe Project “Support to Criminal Justice Reforms in the Republic of Moldova”

21/03/2018 Chisinau

On 21 March a high level conference marked the finalisation of the Project “Support to Criminal Justice Reforms in the Republic of Moldova” funded by the Government of Denmark. Implemented during 2015-2018, the Project was designed to contribute to support Republic of Moldova to fulfil its...

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CyberSouth Launching Conference has just started!

21-23/03/2018 Tunis, Tunisia

The Launching Conference of CyberSouth started today with a series of sessions on cybercrime policies and strategies in the Southern Neighbourhood Region, and with an overview of the assessment visits conducted last year in the priority countries of the project. The opening of the conference was...

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Secretary General concerned at US suggestion to extend use of the death penalty

21/03/2018 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has expressed his concern at suggestions in the United States that the death penalty should be extended to drug trafficking offences. “The Council of Europe is firmly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances....

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Data Protection and Hate Crime & Hate Speech in Montenegro: kick-off and certificate award ceremony

19/03/2018 Podgorica

In the framework of the long-lasting cooperation of the Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution, the kick-off of the HELP course on Data protection and privacy rights and the certificate award ceremony of the HELP course on Hate crime and hate speech were organised on 19 March...

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First meeting of the MSI-JOQ on quality journalism in the digital age

08/03/2018 Strasbourg

The Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) meets on 8 and 9 March 2018 in Strasbourg. The Committee is a subordinate body to the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI). It is tasked to provide established and new stakeholders in the media...

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European prisons are almost full, according to latest Council of Europe survey

20/03/2018 Strasbourg

European prisons are on average close to full capacity, with inmates occupying over 9 out of ten available places, according to the Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE) for 2016, published today. The survey shows that the incarceration rate grew from 115.7 to 117.1 inmates per...

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Abolishing limits on presidential re-election is a step back in democratic development, says Venice Commission

19/03/2018 Strasbourg

In its new report on presidential term limits, the Venice Commission says re-election is not a human right as such, but a modality of the right to be elected. The Venice Commission is in favour of presidential term limits in presidential and semi-presidential regimes. They help prevent the abuse...

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GRECO’s 79th Plenary Meeting

19-23/03/2018 Strasbourg

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) will hold its 79th meeting in Strasbourg from 19 to 23 March. It will discuss, with a view to their adoption, evaluation reports on the prevention of corruption in respect of central governments, including top executive functions, and of law...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers

16/03/2018 Strasbourg

The latest case-by-case decisions on the implementation of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The committee adopted 24 decisions concerning 15 member states at the end of its regular three-day meeting in...

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Ukraine: new financial disclosure requirements for NGOs and activists likely to have chilling effect on civil society, should be fully reconsidered

16/03/2018 Strasbourg

Stringent financial reporting and disclosure requirements for public activists, coupled with severe sanctions, are likely to have a chilling effect on civil society in Ukraine and should be removed in their entirety or significantly narrowed down, said the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR in...

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