Octopus conference on cybercrime: evidence in cyberspace, WHOIS data, cyberviolence, global state of legislation

Strasbourg 11-13 July
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Ministers and other high-ranking government representatives, criminal justice experts, and representatives from the internet industry, civil society and data protection organisations from all over the world will participate in the conference which will open on Wednesday, 11 July at 2 p.m. (Assembly Chamber).

The conference will focus on solutions to strengthen the rule of law in cyberspace through a Protocol to the Budapest Convention. Consultations will be held with civil society, data protection experts and industry to review proposals for more effective ways to secure electronic evidence needed in criminal investigations, for example, through mutual legal assistance and direct cooperation with service providers. The Protocol is to be finalised by the end of 2019. A related topic is access to the WHOIS directory containing information on domain names.

Cyberviolence, the global state of cybercrime legislation and progress made through capacity building programmes will also be discussed.

Sixty countries are Parties to the Convention, another four have signed it and seven others have been invited to accede. Some 140 countries have made use of the Convention to design their domestic laws and over 160 countries have been cooperating with the Council of Europe to strengthen their ability to tackle the challenge of cybercrime.

More informationConference website

Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35, mobile +33 6 08 46 01 57


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2-6 July, Cagliari and Sassari (Sardinia, Italy)

During the second evaluation session organised in the context of the new phase of the project European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR), refugees will have their qualifications assessed and will be interviewed by credential evaluators, members of the ENIC/NARIC centers of Armenia, France, Germany, Italy and Norway.

The EQPR is the only international instrument developed with the aim to facilitate the recognition of refugees’ qualifications even when these cannot be adequately documented and to give this assessment validity if refugees move to new host countries in Europe.

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

 

3 July, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing six judgments concerning the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Russia.

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

 

5 July, Strasbourg (European Youth Centre, Room 3.1, 9 a.m.)

A conference on homosexuality and contemporary Christianity will be organised by the Council of Europe’s unit for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). The conference will look at interdisciplinary and multiconfessional approaches to such questions as gender identity and homosexuality, as well as on the issue of Christian churches and same-sex marriages and the churches’ role in promoting tolerance and non-discrimination towards LGBTI. Case studies of Greece, Romania and France will be analysed. The speakers at the conference will include Father Athanasios Gikas, the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Thessaloniki; Anne Bamberg, Faculty of Catholic Theology and Isabel Grellier, Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Strasbourg, as well as other prominent academics and researchers.

More information - Programme - Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

 

5 July, Rabat

At the invitation of the Parliament of Morocco, the PACE Parliamentary Project Support Division will organise a Regional Conference on “Women in politics: how to progress towards equality?” in the framework of the South Programme III.

 

5 July, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 44 judgments and/or decisions concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and the United Kingdom.

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

 

8-14 July, Budapest (European Youth Centre)

As part of the Youth for Democracy programme, a national training course is organised in cooperation with Phiren Amenca, a network of Roma and non-Roma volunteers and voluntary service organizations. The event will gather Hungarian youth workers, trainers and human rights activists working with Roma and Non-Roma youth. The activity supports the implementation of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education by developing the competences and capacities of participants to act as human rights education multipliers. The new Hungarian translation of the ‘Mirrors’ manual on combating antigypsyism through human rights education will also be introduced at the event.

Roma Youth Action Plan - Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

 

10 July, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify judgments in writing.

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

 

11 July, Srebrenica-Potočari (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, will participate in the commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

 

12 July, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify judgments and decisions in writing.

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

 

16 July, Sarajevo

The Council of Europe will launch the Action Plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018-2021. The event is jointly organised with the BiH Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will be opened by the Minister for Foreign affairs Igor Crnadak and the Director of the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes of the Council of Europe, Verena Taylor.

Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 3 90 21 50 27

 

17 July, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify judgments in writing.

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

 

17 July, Podgorica (Hotel Centre Ville, Cetinjska 7, the Capital Plaza; 10 a.m.)

The joint EU/CoE ROMACTED Programme, aimed at promoting Roma empowerment at local level, will be officially launched in Montenegro. Officials from the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, eight municipalities covered by the programme (Herceg Novi, Tivat, Bar, Ulcinj, Podgorica, Niksic, Bijelo Polje and Berane), and international organisations will take part in the event. ROMACTED programme working in the Western Balkans and Turkey since 2017, targets over 50 municipalities.

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

 

19 July, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify judgments and decisions in writing.

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

 

23-24 July, New York

The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, will participate in the inter-mechanism meeting on the protection of human rights defenders.

 

23-26 July, Kyiv and Chernigov

At the request of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, the Council of Europe will conduct a mission to Ukraine to assess its youth policy situation, notably with regard to the development of a national network of youth centres and of a possibility to develop national quality label for these youth centres. Based on the assessment, the Youth Department will provide recommendations to the Ukrainian authorities, in line with the concept of the Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres.

More information on youth policy support for member States

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

 

24 July, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify judgments in writing.

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

 

26 July, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify judgments and decisions in writing.

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

 

29 July - 4 August, Krakow and Auschwitz

Dikh He Na Bister is a youth and commemoration event organised to mark Roma Genocide Memorial Day. The event aims to raise awareness among young European, civil society and decision-makers about the Roma Genocide, as well as about the reality of antigypsyism today in a context of increasing racism, hate speech and extremism in Europe.

Some 250 young Roma and non-Roma from 15 European countries will attend the event, as well as the official commemoration ceremony on the 2nd of August, visit the Auschwitz Museum, meet Holocaust survivors and create their own youth commemoration actions. The event is organised by ternYpe International Roma Youth Network and partners together with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.

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More information on work with Roma Youth

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

 

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Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tél. +33 3 90 21 50 27

 

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The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, will participate in the 74th anniversary of the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day.

 

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Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

 

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Contacts Contacts

Council of Europe Media Relations Division:
 

pressunit@coe.int
 

+33 3 88 41 25 60