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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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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CPT President speaks about prison conditions at Committee of Ministers’ thematic debate and meets Belgian Justice Minister

14/03/2018 Strasbourg

This debate was organised in the context of the current Committee of Ministers’ quarterly meeting dedicated to the supervision of the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. “The implementation of the CPT’s recommendations may have a major positive impact on the...

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1310th special “human rights” meeting (13-15 March 2018)

The Committee of Ministers reviews the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights' judgments

13/03/2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is holding its quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 13 to 15 March. Information on the cases to be examined at the meeting is available in this table. Decisions taken by...

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Double launch of HELP courses on Business and Human Rights and Data Protection in France

09/03/2018 Paris

The French Conseil National de Barreaux (CNB) and the Council of Europe’s HELP Programme, in collaboration with the École National de la Magistrature (ENM), organised a double kick-off of the courses on Data Protection and Privacy Rights and Business and Human Rights. The event took place in...

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CPT holds its March 2018 plenary meeting

12/03/2018 Strasbourg

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Bulgaria (September/October 2017), Estonia (September/October 2017) and Montenegro (October 2017), and on its ad hoc visits to the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) (August/September 2017), Hungary (October 2017),...

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Joint ‘Open Doors Day’ on intergovernmental co-operation

12/03/2018 Strasbourg

On 12 March, the Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law and the Directorate General of Democracy organised a joint Open Door Day for Ambassadors and representatives of the Council of Europe’s 47 Member States, Observer States, the European Union, Belarus, Israel and Kazakhstan, to find...

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Launching the Project on Improving the Effectiveness of Investigation of Allegations of Ill-Treatment and Combatting Impunity in Turkey

27/02/2018 Ankara, Turkey

The launching ceremony of the Project on Improving the Effectiveness of Investigation of Allegations of Ill-Treatment and Combatting Impunity took place on 27 February 2018 in Ankara. The ceremony gathered approximately 270 representatives from various stakeholders involved in the fight against...

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Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine

Project wrap-up meeting

23/02/2018 Kyiv, Ukraine

On 23 February 2018 in Kyiv the wrap-up meeting of the Council of Europe project “Support to the implementation of the judicial reform in Ukraine” took place to mark the end of the implementation of the Project. The project partner institutions were invited to participate and share their feedback...

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New guidelines on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership

07/03/2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has issued guidelines to its 47 member states aimed at assisting them in the promotion of media pluralism and transparency of media ownership. In a Recommendation adopted today, the Committee of Ministers underlines that advances in modern technology have a profound impact...

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