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Council of Europe publishes Annual Statistics on Probation

Council of Europe 21 May 2019 Strasbourg

Over 1.8 million people under the supervision of probation agencies in Europe, according to survey

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Commissioner for human rights publishes report on Hungary

Commissioner for Human Rights 21 May 2019 Strasbourg

Hungary should address interconnected human rights issues in refugee protection, civil society space, independence of the judiciary and gender equality

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Using technology in managing offenders in prison and probation: conference in Ayia Napa

Council of Europe 20 May 2019 Strasbourg

The annual Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services of the Council of Europe, to be held on 21 and 22 May in Ayia Napa (Cyprus), will discuss the advantages and pitfalls when using new technologies in the management of suspects and offenders, and the central place of the human...

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France takes over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 17 May 2019 Helsinki

The Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe passed today from Finland to France, after a meeting attended by 30 foreign affairs ministers from the Organisation’s member countries. Addressing the Committee of Ministers, the outgoing Chairman, Timo Soini, Minister for...

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Foreign Ministers : rights, obligations and action priorities of Member States

Committee of ministers 17 May 2019 Helsinki

As the Council of Europe is celebrating its 70th anniversary, over 30 Foreign Affairs Ministers from the 47 member states reaffirmed the importance of the Organisation as a unique platform for dialogue and co-operation. Meeting in Helsinki for their annual session, the Ministers declared that:...

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Treaty ceremony on the margins of the Committee of Ministers’ meeting in Finland

Committee of Ministers 17 May 2019 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states on 16 and 17 May 2019 in Helsinki (Finland), a celebratory treaty event has allowed governments to sign and/or ratify a number of Conventions, as follows: Protocol amending the...

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Ground-breaking international treaty on match-fixing to enter into force in September

Council of Europe 16 May 2019 Strasbourg/Helsinki

The Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, will enter into force on 1 September. Switzerland today became the fifth Council of Europe member state to ratify the convention – following Norway, Portugal, the Republic of Moldova...

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Online child sexual exploitation and abuse addressed at a regional conference at the Council of Europe

Council of Europe 16 May 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe organised a regional conference on tackling online child sexual exploitation and abuse on 16 and 17 May in Strasbourg. It is the first major event of the Council of Europe’s project to end online child sexual exploitation and abuse @ Europe (EndOCSEA@Europe). While the exact...

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Ministers for Foreign Affairs to discuss role of Council of Europe as the Organisation turns 70

Committee of Ministers 7 May 2019 Strasbourg

The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Council of Europe’s 47 member States will hold their annual meeting on 16 and 17 May 2019 in Helsinki (Finland). On this occasion, the Ministers will be invited to take key decisions for the future of the Organisation which is currently facing a number of...

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Tackling information pollution – high-level conference in San Marino

Committee of Ministers 15 May 2019 San Marino

How do we begin to address the challenge information pollution? Since the results of the ‘Brexit’ vote in the UK, Donald Trump’s victory in the US and Kenya’s recent decision to nullify its national election result, there has been much discussion of how information disorder is influencing...

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All lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex persons must be protected from discrimination in law and practice

Council of Europe 15 May 2019 Strasbourg

Ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia marked on the 17th of May, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland urged for justice and full protection against discrimination for all persons, irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity and...

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Unboxing artificial intelligence: 10 steps to protect human rights

Commissioner for Human Rights 14 May 2019 Strasbourg

Ensuring that human rights are strengthened and not undermined by artificial intelligence is one of the key factors that will define the world we live in”, says Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, in a Recommendation published today. This Recommendation – entitled...

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Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers, on the use of sign languages in Europe

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 14 May 2019 Strasbourg

“I welcome the support expressed today by the Committee of Ministers to the promotion and protection of sign languages in Europe”, stated Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland on 14 May. In a reply to the Parliamentary...

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Georgia: anti-torture committee commends authorities for combatting ill-treatment, urges to address informal prisoner hierarchy and lack of out-of-cell activities, improve mental health care

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 10 May 2019 Strasbourg

In the report on Georgia published today, the Council of Europe anti-torture Committee welcomed the absence of allegations of ill-treatment in the institutions visited, commended the efforts to address overcrowding, improve access to healthcare and living conditions. However, the committee urged...

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Ethnic profiling: a persisting practice in Europe

Commissioner for Human Rights 9 May 2019 Strasbourg

“Racial or ethnic profiling in policing has been defined as “the use by the police, with no objective and reasonable justification, of grounds such as race, colour, languages, religion, nationality or national or ethnic origin in control, surveillance or investigation activities”. Though by no...

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Germany: anti-torture committee calls on authorities to ensure better treatment of foreign nationals being removed by air

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 9 May 2019 Strasbourg

The monitoring of a return flight of Afghan nationals from Munich to Kabul (Afghanistan) on 14 August 2018 is the subject of a new report published today by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) (see the executive...

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Cultural Routes: Carlos V European Award ceremony

Cultural Routes 9 May 2019 Yuste (Spain)

The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation delivered today, on the occasion of Europe Day, the "Carlos V European Award" to the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme. His Majesty the King of Spain presented the prize to the Council of Europe´s Secretary General...

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The European Union and the Council of Europe to strengthen their support for good governance in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood

Council of Europe 7 May 2019 Strasbourg

The European Union and Council of Europe are extending the Partnership for Good Governance programme to help strengthen human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The second phase of the programme (worth €17.5 million...

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Secretary General Jagland: statement on Turkish Supreme Election Council’s decision on re-run of local elections in Istanbul

Secretary General 6 May 2019 Strasbourg

“With regard to the Turkish Supreme Election Council’s decision on a re-run of the local elections in Istanbul, I refer to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the only international body who had been invited to observe the local elections on 31 March. We...

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Secretary General Jagland meets President Emmanuel Macron

Secretary General 6 May 2019 Paris

Secretary General Jagland today met with President Emmanuel Macron for an exchange on the current challenges facing the organisation ahead of the French presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which begins on 17 May. Addressing the press alongside President Macron,...

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