Moldova needs more resources and expertise to welcome refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine

20/06/2022 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) concludes her fact-finding visit to the Republic of Moldova (13-15 June 2022), which focused on the protection of the refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. The number of arrivals in the country has decreased...

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Statement by the Council of Europe Secretary General, Marija Pejčinović Burić, on the death penalty sentences issued in Ukraine

09/06/2022 Strasbourg

“I firmly condemn the death penalty sentences issued today in the occupied Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Death penalty is incompatible with human dignity and constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment. It has no place on the European continent. On behalf of the Council of Europe, I call for...

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Co-ordination between International Criminal Court's Prosecutor and Council of Europe Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law to assist the Prosecutor General of Ukraine

11/05/2022 The Hague

On 10 May, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim A.A. Khan QC, met in The Hague with the Council of Europe's Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Christos Giakoumopoulos, to discuss co-ordination of assistance to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine,...

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Council of Europe expert advisory group to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine started its work

21/04/2022 Strasbourg

As part of its immediate assistance to Ukraine following Russia’s aggression, and as a follow-up to initial consultations between the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić and the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Iryna Venediktova, the Directorate General Human Rights...

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Online platform “Basecamp: Judges and prosecutors for Ukraine”

11/04/2022 Strasbourg

UPDATE June 2022: the platform "Judges and prosecutors for Ukraine", which was set up under emergency circumstances in the form of a temporary online exchange tool, has been closed. The Council of Europe’s work both to support the Ukrainian judiciary and to reinforce the link between justice...

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Mariupol: Testimony by journalist Anna Murlykina (live webinar)

31/03/2022 Strasbourg

On 31 March 2022, 36th day of war in Ukraine, Anna Murlykina, a journalist from Mariupol gave a testimony in a webinar organised by the Group of Friends on the Safety of Journalists and Media Freedom in Strasbourg and the Council of Europe. Anna Murlykina was born and raised in Mariupol. In 2008...

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New Council of Europe HELP e-Desks on asylum/migration for lawyers assisting people fleeing the war in Ukraine

30/03/2022 Strasbourg

The war provoked by the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine in February 2022 and its tragic consequences in Europe, resulting in a huge increase in the number of people fleeing Ukraine in neighbouring countries and beyond, call for immediate action. To assist lawyers from most...

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Immediate assistance to Ukraine: Prosecutor General of Ukraine meets Council of Europe Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law

22/03/2022 Strasbourg

On 22 March 2022, Iryna Venediktova, Prosecutor General of Ukraine, and Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, met at the Polish-Ukrainian border to discuss immediate assistance to Ukraine in the context of the human rights and rule of law consequences of...

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Committee of Ministers suspends all relations with the Belarusian authorities

18/03/2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers has decided to suspend all relations with Belarus as a result of the country's active participation in the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. In its decision, the Committee of Ministers suspends the rights of Belarus to participate in all meetings and...

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The Russian Federation is excluded from the Council of Europe

16/03/2022 Strasbourg

In an extraordinary meeting this morning, the Committee of Ministers decided, in the context of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council of Europe, that the Russian Federation ceases to be a member of the Council of Europe as from today, after 26 years of membership....

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Statement of the President of the Consultative Council of European Judges on the situation in Ukraine

10/03/2022 Strasbourg

"The Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) is committed to the rule of law, both domestic and international. Following consultations with the Bureau, I would like to echo the recent statements issued by Council of Europe leaders and bodies, condemning in the strongest possible terms the...

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Statement of the President of the European Committee of Social Rights on the situation in Ukraine

10/03/2022 Strasbourg

"As President of the European Committee of Social Rights, I am deeply concerned by the Russian military aggression against Ukraine. This is having fatal consequences in terms of the lives and human rights of the people in Ukraine, including their enjoyment of social rights as set out in the...

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Council of Europe HELP online course on asylum and human rights

09/03/2022 Strasbourg

The right to asylum may not be enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). However, the ECHR applies to any asylum seeker and refugee under the jurisdiction of a High Contracting State to the Convention. States have a shared responsibility to welcome asylum seekers in a dignified...

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Psychological first aid for Ukrainian people

09/03/2022 Strasbourg

The Pompidou Group, together with leading European psycho-trauma experts, has developed recommendations on how people can better interact and communicate with persons who have experienced a crisis or difficult life event. The recommendations were developed at the request of the Ukrainian Ministry...

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Journalism in situations of conflict and aggression: Principles from the relevant Council of Europe and other international standards

07/03/2022 Strasbourg

Member states should recognise the democratic value of journalism and the media in times of conflict and aggression. The work of a free, independent and impartial media constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society, and thereby can contribute to the protection of civilians...

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Protection and Safety of Journalist: Council of Europe HELP course available for free online

18/02/2022 Strasbourg

The new Council of Europe HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) course on Protection and Safety of Journalists is now available on the HELP online platform. The course was developed jointly with the Council of Europe Information Society Department, under the action “Freedom of...

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