Designing effective tools for the promotion and protection of social and economic rights

28/03/2017 Strasbourg

The fourth meeting of the Council of Europe-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUINET Collaborative Platform on social and economic rights focused on the relationship between the European Pillar of Social Rights and the European Social Charter in the light of the various contributions sent to the European Commission;...

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Launching of Morocco’s participation in the CEPEJ evaluation cycles

27/03/2017 Rabat

The Minister of Justice and Liberties of Morocco, El Mostafa Ramid, chaired the launching event of Morocco’s participation in the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) evaluation cycles on 27 March 2017. On this occasion, the President of the working group on evaluation of...

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New standards on community sanctions and preventing radicalisation in prisons and probation

24/03/2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has just issued a Recommendation to governments containing European rules on community sanctions and measures. The new rules aim to strike a balance between protection of society and improving the social reintegration of offenders. They update previously existing standards...

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Committee of Ministers´ recommendation calls for strong regulations on lobbying

23/03/2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has called on its 47 member states to ensure that they have in force a strong legal framework promoting transparency of lobbying activities. In a Recommendation, the Committee of Ministers – the executive body of the organisation – recognises that lobbying can make a...

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The European Committee of Social Rights published its 2016 Activity Report

23/03/2017 Strasbourg

The European Committee of Social Rights published its 2016 Activity Report, which presents the major achievements of the Committee over the last year. On the basis of its reporting system, the European Committee of Social Rights examined in 2016 reports submitted by 34 States Parties on the...

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Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Kazakhstan visited the Council of Europe

23-24/03/2017 Strasbourg

On 23 and 24 March 2017 Mr Askar Shakirov, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Kazakhstan, visited the Council of Europe. The visit was organised in the framework of the EU-Council of Europe Joint Programme “Support to the Kazakh Authorities in Improving the Quality and...

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Incident in London : statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

22/03/2017 Strasbourg

Reacting to the events in London this afternoon, the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, said: “I am very alarmed by the events in Westminster this afternoon, which appear to have resulted in a number of casualties. Our thoughts are with all those hurt or...

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Conference on improving the efficiency and quality of judicial services in the Republic of Moldova through implementation of the CEPEJ tools

21/03/2017 Chișinău

Between June 2015 and March 2017 the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) and judicial authorities of the Republic of Moldova co-operated actively in view of improving the efficiency of courts and the quality of judicial services. To reach this objective, 6 pilot courts and...

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CPT standards on means of restraint in psychiatric establishments for adults

21/03/2017 Strasbourg

Given their intrusive nature and the potential for abuse and ill-treatment, the Council of Europe Anti-torture Committee (CPT) has always paid particular attention to the use of various types of restraint vis-à-vis psychiatric patients. In the light of previous publications on this subject matter...

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Paving the way ahead for HELP action in the EU: European Seminar on Legal Training and Evaluation

20/03/2017 Strasbourg

More than 100 judges, prosecutors, lawyers and experts gathered in Strasbourg on 20-21 March to exchange views on ‘Legal/Human Rights Training and Evaluation Methodology’. Most of the participants were members of the European Union HELP network (National Training Institutions and Bar...

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New GRECO evaluation round launched: Preventing corruption in central governments and law enforcement agencies

17/03/2017 Strasbourg

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) launched on the 20th of March its Fifth Evaluation Round, just before the 75th plenary. The round will focus on “Preventing corruption and promoting integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies”. The event...

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Conference: Promoting dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and the media freedom community

17/03/2017 Strasbourg

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, supported by the Council of Europe, will hold the conference “Conference: Promoting dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and the media freedom community” on 24 of March 2017 in the Palais de L’Europe, Room 1 in Strasbourg. The...

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Brainstorming Seminar on the place of the Convention in the European and international legal order

29-30/03/2017 Strasbourg

The Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law and the PluriCourts academic network co-organise a brainstorming Seminar on 29-30 March in Strasbourg to examine the place of the Convention in the European and international legal order. Initiated by Norway, the event will be the starting...

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CPT factsheet on immigration detention

15/03/2017 Strasbourg

Immigration detention is a primary focus of the work of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT). The CPT has carried out hundreds of visits to places of immigration detention, and has developed a detailed set of standards. They...

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