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First evaluation of Greece’s compliance with the Council of Europe’s Anti-trafficking Convention: progress made, but gaps remain

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 18 October 2017 Strasbourg

In its first report on Greece, the Council of Europe’s expert group against human trafficking (GRETA) praises positive steps taken by Greek authorities to combat human trafficking, but also highlights a number of shortcomings. GRETA welcomes the adoption of anti-trafficking legislation, the...

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Turkey: Anti-torture committee publishes report on 2015 visit to immigration detention centres

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 17 October 2017 Strasbourg

At the request of the Turkish authorities, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has today published the report compiled following its visit to a number of immigration detention centres in the country in June 2015. The report notes that the visit took place at a...

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Switzerland should reinforce its human rights protection framework and better respond to the needs of vulnerable migrants

Commissioner for Human Rights 17 October 2017 Strasbourg

Reinforcing the institutional and legal framework for safeguarding and promoting human rights and enhancing the protection of migrants and asylum seekers are the key recommendations addressed to the Swiss authorities by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, in a...

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Women in power: Major inequalities remain across Europe

Gender Equality Commission 17 October 2017 Strasbourg

European countries are still struggling to achieve gender balance in public decision-making, according to a new report from the Council of Europe. The report looks at progress made by 46 countries towards the goal set by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in 2003 of having at least...

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Commissioner urges Azerbaijan to investigate allegations of human rights violations of LGBT persons recently arrested and detained in Baku

Commissioner for Human Rights 16 October 2017 Strasbourg

Today Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks published a letter sent on 9 October to Ramil Usubov, Minister of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan, in which he calls for thorough investigations into serious allegations of human rights violations of LGBT persons recently arrested and detained in...

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Republic of Moldova: important advances on addressing domestic violence, but more progress needed in justice reform

Commissioner for Human Rights 13 October 2017 Chisinau

Declaration by Human rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks at the end of his five-day visit to the country

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33rd Session of the Congress

Congress 13 October 2017 Strasbourg

Unaccompanied refugee minors, local and regional democracy, situation in Catalonia and fight against corruption amongst the highlights

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Ukrainian law on education: implementing the conclusions of the Venice Commission

Parliamentary Assembly Session 12 October 2017 Strasbourg

The Assembly today expressed its concern about the articles relating to education in minority languages of the new Education Act recently adopted by Verkhovna Rada and deplored the fact that “there was no real consultation with representatives of national minorities in Ukraine”. While noting that...

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The role of internet intermediaries as gatekeepers to freedom of expression – Conference in Vienna

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 12 October 2017 Vienna

The role and responsibilities of internet intermediaries, which critically influence the way we receive and impart information in the digital age, will be the focus of a conference on internet freedom, organized by the OSCE and the Council of Europe in Vienna on Friday 13 October. The function of...

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CPT publishes highly critical report on prisons in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 12 October 2017 Strasbourg

In a report published today on its December 2016 visit, the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) strongly criticises the conditions of detention and treatment of inmates at Idrizovo Prison, which holds some 60 % of the...

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Call for Fourth Summit and harmonised rules for member states’ participation in the Organisation’s statutory bodies

PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY SESSION 12 OCTOBER 2017 Strasbourg

PACE today unanimously called for a Fourth Council of Europe Summit to preserve and further strengthen the pan-European project in a Europe which has profoundly changed since the last Summit 12 years ago. Such a Summit of Heads of State and Government should define, at the highest political...

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Petro Poroshenko: Ukraine is fighting on two fronts – one military, the other for reform

Parliamentary Assembly Session 11 October 2017 Strasbourg

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said his country is fighting a war on two fronts at the same time – one to counter military aggression and restore its territorial integrity, and the other to implement difficult and complex reforms. Addressing PACE today in Strasbourg, he hailed his...

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Azerbaijan: strengthening parliamentary control over the executive; ensuring independence of the judiciary

Parliamentary Assembly Session 11 October 2017 Strasbourg

During a debate today at its plenary session in Strasbourg on “The functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan”, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) raised a number of concerns, particularly with regard to checks and balances, the functioning of the justice system,...

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Parliamentary Assembly overhauls its Code of Conduct in response to corruption allegations

Parliamentary Assembly Session 10 October 2017 Strasbourg

Responding to allegations of corruption in its ranks, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has unanimously adopted a heavily revised Code of Conduct for its members, with the aim of “restoring public confidence” in its work. Approving a report by Ian Liddell-Grainger (United...

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Miloš Zeman: "the endeavour of the Council of Europe towards friendship and not hatred among European nations will be successful"

Parliamentary Assembly session 10 October 2017 Strasbourg

“I believe that the Council of Europe’s endeavour towards friendship and not hostility and hatred among European nations – including Russia – will be successful in the long term,” said Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, addressing the Assembly today. “I believe that the role of the...

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Secretary General Jagland says Catalonia crisis must be solved within the context of the Spanish constitution

Parliamentary Assembly Session 10 October 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, in reply to questions from PACE members, has emphasised the importance of resolving the conflict in Catalonia on the basis of the existing Spanish constitution, or an amended version of it. He rejected the idea of international mediation, and...

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Stella Kyriakides elected PACE President

Parliamentary Assembly Session 10 October 2017 Strasbourg

Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus, EPP/CD) has been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe following the resignation of Pedro Agramunt (Spain, EPP/CD) on 6 October 2017. She obtained a large majority over the other candidate, Emanuelis Zingeris (Lithuania, EPP/CD), in...

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Ángel Gurría on the global economic outlook: "better but not good enough"

Parliamentary Assembly Session 10 October 2017 Strasbourg

“There are some welcome signs that our economies may finally be escaping the low growth trap. The OECD projects global growth to increase to around 3.5 per cent in 2017 and 3.7 per cent in 2018, up from 3 per cent in 2016. But we are not out of the woods yet,” said OECD Secretary General Ángel...

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