Webinar on trade in goods used for the death penalty, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

12/05/2021 Strasbourg

The German Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, in cooperation with Amnesty International, the Omega Research Foundation and the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) will hold a high-level online Webinar on 17 May 2021 (10:00 – 13:00 CET) concerning the...

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Democracy is in distress, finds the Council of Europe Secretary General’s annual report for 2021

11/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has highlighted a “clear and worrying degree of democratic backsliding” in her latest annual report on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law across the continent. “In many cases, the problems we...

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North Macedonia: The Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) publishea a report on its 2019 visit

11/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its 5th periodic visit to North Macedonia conducted from 2 to 12 December 2019 together with the response from the authorities. The CPT’s...

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Law Enforcement Officers working on Detection, Investigation of Drug Trafficking via Air, invited to participate in upcoming Pompidou Group meetings

11/05/2021 Strasbourg

Annual Meeting of the Co-operation Group of Drug Control Services at European Airports (Airports Group) – 15 June 2021 (online) The Airports Group comprises police, customs, border forces, and other law enforcement officers worldwide. Its main objective is to develop and harmonize tools and...

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Germany: GRECO publishes its Interim Compliance Report of Fourth Evaluation Round

10/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has made public today its Interim Compliance Report of Fourth Evaluation Round on Germany (topic: Corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors), as adopted by GRECO at its 87th Plenary Meeting...

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Ecuador signed today the Council of Europe MEDICRIME Convention

07/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Ambassador of Ecuador, Mauricio Efraín BAUS PALACIOS, signed today in the presence of the Deputy Secretary General Bjørn BERGE, the Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (CETS No.211), known as MEDICRIME...

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Ukraine: Venice Commission publishes two urgent opinions

07/05/2021 Strasbourg

The rationale behind the draft legislation in Ukraine aimed at the establishment of an Ethics Council to assist the process of election (appointment) of the High Council of Justice (HCJ) members is welcomed, as it intends to urgently address the previously raised issue of integrity and ethics of...

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Webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on media freedom

07/05/2021 Strasbourg

During the pandemic, reliable information became critical not only to keep people informed but also safe and healthy. The need for quality, fact-checked journalism has taken on even more relevance in this period. However, the pandemic has also added new concerns to the media sector, already...

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Anti-torture committee warns against the impact of austerity measures on the conditions of detention in prisons

06/05/2021 Strasbourg

In its annual report for 2020, the CPT recalls that in many of its visits over the years it has found a failure to meet the basic needs of prisoners in certain establishments, which could lead to situations in which prisoners are exposed to inhuman and degrading treatment. The Committee points...

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Lithuania: GRECO publishes its Addendum to the 2nd Compliance Report of 4th Round Evaluation

06/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has made public today its Addendum to the Second Compliance Report of Fourth Evaluation Round (dealing with Corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors), as adopted by GRECO at its 87th Plenary...

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The Council of Europe's participation in the International Conference on Death Penalty

05/05/2021 Strasbourg

As part of Portugal's presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) held an online International Conference on the Death Penalty on 4 May. Christos GIAKOUMOPOULOS, Director General of...

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Romania : GRECO publishes its second Interim Compliance Report of Fourth Evaluation Round

05/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has made public today its Second Interim Compliance Report of Fourth Evaluation Round on Romania, including the Follow-up report to the Ad Hoc (Rule 34) Report, as adopted by GRECO at its 87th Plenary Meeting (Strasbourg, 22-25...

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Belgium: GRECO publishes its Second Compliance Report of Fourth Evaluation Round

05/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has made public today its Second Compliance Report of Fourth Evaluation Round on Belgium (dealing with Corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors), as adopted by GRECO at its 87th Plenary...

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Migration and asylum: Council of Europe to increase the protection of vulnerable persons

05/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers have adopted an Action Plan on Protecting Vulnerable Persons in the Context of Migration and Asylum in Europe (2021-2025). “Migrants and asylum seekers face particular challenges, in the Covid-19 pandemic, notably access to healthcare and vaccinations. We are increasing...

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The CPT publishes report on Finland

05/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its periodic visit to Finland, which took place from 7 to 18 September 2020. The main objective of the visit was to review the treatment of...

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Vaccine pass and human rights challenges

04/05/2021 Strasbourg

At a time where vaccination campaigns are accompanied by a willingness to relax restrictions taken to protect public health against the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of a “vaccine pass” is being raised in Europe as well as in other parts of the world. In a statement on human rights...

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COVID-19 vaccination, attestations and data protection

04/05/2021 Strasbourg

While it acknowledges the usefulness of means such as “vaccination passes” that are considered or already developed by some States, as well as the legitimacy of people’s wish to gain back some of the freedoms that were restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the needs for the economy, the...

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How to protect journalists and other media actors?

03/05/2021 Strasbourg

A new interactive guide for States on protecting journalists and media actors was released by the Council of Europe on the eve of the International Press Freedom Day. Violence against journalists is on the rise across Council of Europe member States as reported on the Platform to promote the...

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HELP Online course on Protection and Safety of Journalists available in Western Balkans languages

03/05/2021 Strasbourg

New HELP online course on Protection and Safety of Journalists is now available in Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Montenegrin and Serbian. The course was developed by the Council of Europe Information Society Department, in cooperation with HELP Programme (Human Rights Education for Legal...

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HELP course on Freedom of Expression available in Western Balkans languages

03/05/2021 Strasbourg

The updated version of the Council of Europe HELP course on Freedom of Expression is now available in Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Montenegrin and Serbian. The course, initially developed in 2016 by joint European Union and Council of Europe project, has been brought to-date with the latest...

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