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Antalya Diplomacy Forum: Secretary General highlights Council of Europe’s commitment to fighting racism and discrimination

1 March 2024 Antalya

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has highlighted the Organisation’s commitment to combating all forms of racism and discrimination, including anti-Muslim racism and hatred, while addressing the 3rd edition of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Türkiye. Taking the floor during the Panel on...

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Czechia extends protection of German language under the minority languages charter

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) 01 March 2024

Czechia has decided to extend its undertakings under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) regarding German in the districts of Cheb, Karlovy Vary, Sokolov, Liberec, Ústí nad Labem, Český Krumlov, Opava and Svitavy (see the notification in full here). The authorities...

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Lithuania should do more to ensure access to justice for trafficking victims, say Council of Europe experts

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 28 February 2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has called on Lithuania to take further action against human trafficking, notably by improving the access of victims of trafficking to legal assistance and compensation, and by disassociating the...

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Secretary General meets Yulia Navalnaya

Secretary General 28 February 2024 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Alexei Navalnyy. While expressing condolences and deep sadness for the loss of the prominent Russian opposition leader, the Secretary General underlined how Mr Navalnyy’s death cannot be separated from the grave human...

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Civic Space, Democracy and Artificial Intelligence: how do they intersect?

27 February 2024 Strasbourg

On the occasion of World NGO Day, the Council of Europe’s Conference of International NGOs, bringing together representatives of civil society organisations enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe, held a public interactive and hybrid event “Civic Space, Democracy and Artificial...

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Congress President condemns plans for Russian presidential elections in occupied Ukrainian regions

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 27 February 2024 Strasbourg

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Marc Cools, has made the following statement: “I strongly condemn the plans by the Russian Federation to organise presidential elections in the temporarily occupied regions of Ukraine.” “The illegal conduct...

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Congress President denounces so-called local elections in Belarus

Congress 26 February 2024 Strasbourg

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Marc Cools, has made the following statement: “The so-called local elections organised in Belarus on 25 February 2024 are nothing but a sham. Without freedoms of speech, assembly and association, without...

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PACE President: “The ‘elections’ in Belarus are a travesty of democracy”

Parliamentary Assembly 26 February 2024 Strasbourg

“There cannot be free and fair elections in a situation where freedoms of speech, assembly and association are curtailed; where opposition political parties are liquidated and their leaders persecuted; where the freedom of the media is not respected; and where there is no redress against these...

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Hungary: report calls for improving access to justice and legal remedies for human trafficking victims

GRETA 26 February 2024 Strasbourg

In a new report the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) calls on the Hungarian authorities to take further action against human trafficking, notably by improving the assistance provided to victims of trafficking and their access to legal aid...

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Council of Europe marks two years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine

Council of Europe 23 February 2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has marked the second anniversary of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine by holding a special ceremony in front of its main headquarters building in Strasbourg, France. Taking part in the ceremony were Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, President of the...

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Extraordinary meeting of Ministers’ Deputies (23 February 2024) - Second anniversary of full-scale aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine

Committee of Ministers 23 February 2024 Strasbourg

On 23 February, the Ministers' Deputies held an extraordinary meeting on the occasion of the second-year anniversary of the full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. They recalled the measures already taken by the Council of Europe and adopted a series of decisions,...

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GRETA calls on Italy to better prevent human trafficking for labour exploitation and ensure effective sanctions for traffickers

GRETA 23 février 2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has urged the Italian authorities to take further action against human trafficking, notably by strengthening measures to combat trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, ensuring effective...

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Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine: Two years on

Council of Europe 23 February 2024 Strasbourg

Council of Europe leaders reiterate support and solidarity

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Two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine: Declaration of the Congress Bureau

Congress 22 February 2024 Strasbourg

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Marc Cools, has made the following statement: “24 February 2024 will mark two years since the Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. On this occasion, the Congress Bureau adopted a Declaration in which it reiterated...

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Experts concerned about reduction of minority languages’ use and learning in Latvia

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 22 February 2024 Strasbourg

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has expressed concern in an opinion about Latvia’s policy to reduce the use and learning of minority languages and has addressed a number of urgent recommendations to the Latvian authorities. While...

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Poland: Small cells and lacking legal access for remand prisoners among concerns raised by anti-torture group

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 22 February 2024 Strasbourg

A new report by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) found problems regarding lacking legal assistance and prison cell sizes below the norm, among other issues. The report notes that most detained persons confirmed...

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Challenging misunderstandings and myths about languages in Europe

European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) 21 February 2024

With regard to attitudes towards languages in today’s society, two developments are of special concern for the Council of Europe. The first is a tendency on the part of public authorities and civil society to think that proficiency in one additional language is enough - as long as that language...

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Minute of silence for Alexei Navalnyy

Committee of Ministers 21 February 2024 Strasbourg

At the beginning of their meeting, on 21 February 2024, the Ministers' Deputies held a minute of silence in tribute to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalnyy, who died on 16 February at the Russian Artic penal colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence. On 16 February, the President of the...

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Council of Europe commemorates two years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine

Committee of Ministers 21 February 2024 Strasbourg

On 23 February, the Council of Europe will hold a ceremony to mark two years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, followed by an extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Ministers (to be broadcast live). At 9 am, on the Council of Europe forecourt, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović...

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Photo exhibition “The DAWN" on Ukrainian children who suffered under Russian bombardment and occupation opens in Strasbourg

Deputy Secretary General 19 february 2024 Strasbourg

A photo exhibition has opened today, 19 February, at the Council of Europe, illustrating what the dawn of a new life would look like for Ukrainian children whose homes, villages and towns have suffered under Russian bombardment and occupation. Featuring pictures by French-Ukrainian photographer...

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