Winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly

Strasbourg 21-25 January
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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will hold a joint debate on public service media in the context of disinformation and propaganda and media freedom as a condition for democratic elections. A second joint debate will focus on discrimination in access to employment and the need for a disability-inclusive workforce.

PACE will examine the compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights. It is also invited to assess if withdrawing nationality as a measure to combat terrorism is a human rights-compatible approach.

Other debates will focus on fighting impunity by targeted sanctions in the case of Sergei Magnitsky and others, the promotion of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities and Internet governance and human rights.

Two urgent debates have been requested, one on “Open Russian aggression against Ukraine: disruption of the peace process and a threat to European security” and a second one on “the worsening situation of opposition politicians in Turkey: what to do to protect their fundamental rights in a Council of Europe member State?”.

Moreover, the President and the Foreign Minister of Finland, as well as the Secretary General of the Council of Europe will address the Assembly.

At a short ceremony in the plenary on 21 January just before 1 pm, PACE members will pledge to take action in their national parliaments to eradicate sexism, harassment and violence against women, following the initiative by the Assembly’s President #NotInMyParliament.

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20th anniversary of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights

Strasbourg 22 January
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A panel discussion, organised by the Commissioner for Human Rights and the Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers on “The state of human rights in Europe: forward and back?” will gather the four Commissioners having held this office to date (Álvaro Gil-Robles, Thomas Hammarberg, Nils Muižnieks and the current Commissioner Dunja Mijatović) for a panel discussion and reflection on the evolution of human rights over the past two decades, current challenges


Using artificial intelligence to help deliver justice: challenges and safeguards

Brussels 23 January
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The first European Ethical Charter on the use of artificial intelligence in judicial systems will be presented at the Council of Europe office in Brussels from 11am.

The charter, recently adopted by the Council of Europe’s European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) sets out 5 key principles to help ensure compliance with international standards on human rights, privacy and data protection. These guidelines are accompanied by an in-depth study on the existing use of artificial intelligence in judicial systems and related fields, as well as recommendations on its future use.

Further information - Contact: Andrew Cutting, tel. + 32 485 21 72 02


Annual press conference of the European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg 24 January
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The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Guido Raimondi, will present a summary of the Court’s activities and its statistics for 2018.

More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


Other events

21 January, Strasbourg

The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) will publish its evaluation reports on Portugal and Sweden.

Contacts: Jaime Rodriguez (for Portugal); Päivi Suhonen (for Sweden).

 

22 January, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Chamber hearing in the case of A.M. v. France (9 a.m.).

The case concerns the applicant’s deportation to Algeria. A.M. is an Algerian national convicted in France of a terrorism offence.

More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

22 January, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 13 judgments concerning Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey.

More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

23 January, Strasbourg (Hôtel de Ville, Rue Brûlée)

A conference on “Alternatives to the detention of migrant children in France” will be held as part of the “Wednesdays at the Council of Europe” lecture series and the Campaign of the Parliamentary Assembly to end immigration detention of children, in partnership with the City of Strasbourg.

Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg, Marie-Christine Verdier-Jouclas, Member of the French National Assembly, Pierre-Alain Fridez, Member of the Swiss National Council and General Rapporteur for the Campaign, and Nathalie Lequeux, Legal Expert, Rights Defender, France will take part in the conference.

 

24 January, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 48 judgments and/or decisions concerning Armenia, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

 

24 January, Strasbourg

The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) will publish its findings 2018 on the follow-up given by 8 States (Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal) to decisions in the collective complaints procedure.

Contact : Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

 

24 January, Strasbourg (Palais de l’Europe, 1 p.m.)

Side event debate on “A certain idea of justice”, with Dick Marty, former PACE member and Vice-President and Vice-President of the World Organisation against Torture, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights and Liliane Maury Pasquier, PACE President.

 

24 January, Strasbourg

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will meet Amina Bouayach, new Chairperson of the National Human Rights Council, Morocco.

Contact : Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04


Contacts Contacts

Council of Europe Media Relations Division:
 

pressunit@coe.int
 

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