Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents in times of crisis

26/03/2020 strasbourg

Public authorities in charge of managing the crisis resulting from COVID-19 pandemic have a crucial role to play in responding to requests for access to information and providing, of their own motion, regular and evidence-based information covering various aspects of the crisis. The Council of...

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Ukraine - Publication of the Compliance Report of GRECO's Fourth Evaluation Round

26/03/2020 strasbourg

GRECO has made public today its Fourth Round Compliance Report on Ukraine (dealing with Corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors), as adopted by GRECO at its 84th Plenary Meeting (Strasbourg, 2-6 December 2019), after authorisation by the authorities of...

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Supporting Quality Journalism through Media and Information Literacy

23/03/2020 strasbourg

The Council of Europe has recently published the Study on supporting quality journalism through media and information literacy prepared by the Committee of Experts on quality journalism in the digital age, rapporteurs Martina Chapman and Markus Oermann. The study analyses 70 media and information...

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Fundamental rights of refugees and migrants at European borders

27/03/2020 strasbourg

Joint publication from Council of Europe and Fundamental Rights Agency (EU) The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees of the Council of Europe, Drahoslav Štefánek, together with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) have published a note on the main...

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Social rights of children, families and migrants in danger across Europe: latest annual conclusions from the European Committee of Social Rights

24/03/2020 strasbourg

Social rights of children, families and migrants are in danger in Europe, according to the latest annual conclusions from the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR). The Committee today published 896 conclusions (289 cases of non-conformity, 453 cases of conformity and 154 “deferrals”: cases...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on France

24/03/2020 strasbourg

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty under immigration and asylum law. The main conclusions of the CPT are set out in the executive summary of the report. In their response, the French authorities provide...

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Croatia: Council of Europe anti-corruption group calls for more integrity in government and law enforcement

24/03/2020 strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published today its Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Croatia dealing with preventing corruption in government (top executive functions) and the police. GRECO’s report recognises that Croatia has the tools in place to promote...

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Venice Commission cancels meeting, adopts opinions by written procedure instead

23/03/2020 strasbourg

Following the spread of the COVID-19 virus to northern Italy, the Enlarged Bureau of the Venice Commission has decided not to hold the scheduled 20-21 March plenary session or other scheduled meetings in Venice. Instead, only some opinions from the agenda have been adopted by written procedure,...

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CPT anti-torture Committee: Statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty

20/03/2020 strasbourg

“The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for the authorities of all member States of the Council of Europe”, says Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT. “There are specific and intense challenges for staff working in various places of deprivation of...

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Freedom of expression and information in times of crisis

21/03/2020 strasbourg

Statement by the Council of Europe’s Committee of experts on media environment and reform (MSI-REF) The evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing a public health emergency. In this time of great public concern, it is of particular importance for member states to recognise the crucial...

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Commissioner for Human Rights: We must respect human rights and stand united against the coronavirus pandemic

16/03/2020 strasbourg

“Millions of people around the world are living through extremely tough times because of the rapid global spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. All my thoughts are with the people infected, the families and people close to them and with those who have lost loved ones. The situation in Europe is...

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Commissioner for Human Rights: Older persons need now more support than ever

20/03/2020 strasbourg

The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is especially dangerous for older persons and has a disproportionately negative impact on their right to health and other human rights. The European countries which put confinement measures into place in their fight against the virus have often asked...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Hungary

17/03/2020 strasbourg

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation of persons in police custody, prisoners placed in HSR units (special regime units for prisoners serving long sentences, including life sentences) and juvenile prisoners, as well as persons placed in social care homes, and to assess the...

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Following up on infringement proceedings Committee of Ministers urges Azerbaijan to restore applicants’ rights without further delay

12/03/2020 strasbourg

On 5 March, in the Ilgar Mammadov group of cases, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted its first interim resolution under Article 46 § 5 of the European Convention. Deeply regretting Azerbaijan’s continued failure to restore the applicants’ rights, the Committee urged the...

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Let us all rise to the challenge of making a world where gender equality is a reality

08/03/2020 strasbourg

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2020, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović issued the following statement today: “As we celebrate International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, it is saddening to note that most...

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The CPT holds its March 2020 plenary meeting

09/03/2020 strasbourg

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visit to Ireland (September/October 2019), and on its ad hoc visits to Poland (September 2019), the Russian Federation (October 2019) and to the United Kingdom (October 2019). These reports will be sent in due course to the...

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The Committee of Ministers adopts new decisions on the implementation of the European Court's judgments

06/03/2020 strasbourg

The latest decisions adopted on the implementation of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Committee of Ministers. During its "Human Rights" meeting of March, the Committee adopted 39 decisions concerning 19 member States. Final resolutions were adopted...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes a response of the Danish authorities to the report on the 2019 visit

03/03/2020 strasbourg

The response concerns the CPT’s comments and recommendations on the Ellebæk Centre for Foreigners and Nykøbing Falster Holding Centre. The Danish Government has made this response public. A full response by the Danish authorities is due in May 2020. Read the response Website: www.cpt.coe.int

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Czech Republic - Publication of the Interim Compliance Report of Fourth Evaluation Round

05/03/2020 strasbourg

GRECO has published today its Interim Compliance Report of Fourth Evaluation Round (dealing with Corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors) on the Czech Republic, as adopted by GRECO at its 84th Plenary Meeting (Strasbourg, 2-6 December 2019). Link to the...

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The Committee of Ministers will examine the implementation of the European Court's judgments - 1369th HR Meeting

02/03/2020 strasbourg

The representatives of the 47 member States of the Council of Europe will meet between 3 to 5 March 2020 to examine the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, in accordance with the supervisory role of the Committee of Ministers under Article 46 of the European...

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