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World Day against Trafficking in Persons: joint statement from GRETA and ICAT

COUNCIL OF EUROPE 30 JULY 2021 STRASBOURG

On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) joins the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) in calling on stakeholders to include victims’ and...

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North Macedonia: Cramped prison conditions, detainee ill treatment and opaque prison management among longstanding concerns for anti-torture committee

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 29 JULY 2021 Strasbourg

Despite minor improvements including the renovation of one wing of the remand section of Skopje Prison and the closure of three problematic wings of Idrizovo Prison, most longstanding concerns with respect to living conditions in prisons persist, concludes the latest report on North Macedonia...

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Developments in Varosha district of Famagusta, Cyprus

SECRETARY GENERAL 28 JULY 2021 STRASBOURG

We are deeply concerned by the announcements of the President of Turkey and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community on 20 July regarding the further re-opening of the fenced-off area of Varosha. Such unilateral action is regrettable as it would be in contradiction with the relevant United...

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Tunisia launches a website on gender equality and violence against women

Council of Europe 23 July 2021 Tunis

The website on gender equality and violence against women was launched during an online event on 16 July 2021 with participation of the Minister of Women, Family and Seniors and the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Tunisia. The website "Toutes et tous Uni.e.s" (“All united against...

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A 10th Palme d’Or for Eurimages

Eurimages 19 July 2021 Strasbourg

With an exceptional selection of 18 films supported by Eurimages, including 8 in the official competition, the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday evening with Julia Ducournau’s TITANE, a co-production between France and Belgium and supported by the Fund, receiving the...

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Launch of the 2nd edition of the "Junior Crystal Scales of Justice" Prize

CEPEJ 15 July 2021 Strasbourg

This Prize, organised jointly by the CEPEJ and the Faculty of Law of Strasbourg, complements the existing Crystal Scales of Justice Prize. It is open to Master's students from law schools in one of the member States of the Council of Europe or an observer country to the CEPEJ and is organised...

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Searches and detentions of civil society representatives in Belarus

Secretary General 15 July 2021 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

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Public symposium to assess behavioural addictions linked to technology including smartphone addiction

Council of Europe 13 July 2021 Strasbourg

From internet and smart phone use addiction to artificial intelligence simulating the effects of psychoactive substances, an online international symposium – Addictions of the 21st Century: Challenges and Effective Responses – will evaluate the “crossover” between psychoactive substances and...

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Moldova celebrates 26 years of Council of Europe membership

Council of Europe 13 July 2021 Strasbourg

13 July 2021 marks 26 years since the Republic of Moldova became a full-fledged member of the Council of Europe on 13 July 1995. It was the first former CIS state to join the organisation. “During the past 26 years, the Council of Europe and the Republic of Moldova have been working together...

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Statement of Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on the commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide

Secretary General 11 July 2021 Strasbourg

« The genocide of Srebrenica was the most horrible atrocity in Europe since the Second World War, one we all thought impossible. Nationalism, hatred and ethnic cleansing led to death, destruction and human rights violations on a massive scale on our continent. The immeasurable suffering of the...

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Effective remedies at European borders for migrants, asylum applicants and refugees: Council of Europe and EU Fundamental Rights Agency publish a new joint note

Council of Europe 9 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) have published a joint Note entitled “European standards on legal remedies, complaints mechanisms and effective investigations at borders”. In an effort to join forces in the protection of human rights at European...

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Council of Europe Congress to co-organise the First Citizens' Assembly in Mostar to promote deliberative democracy

Congress 8 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, jointly with the City of Mostar, is organising a Citizens’ Assembly, which will be inaugurated on 10 July 2021, as part of the first deliberative process of this kind in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the South East of...

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Striking the right balance between the public interest and individual rights: role of prosecutors discussed in Saint-Petersburg

Council of Europe 8 July 2021 Strasbourg

Role of prosecutors in the protection of individual rights and public interest in light of requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights has been the topic of the high-level conference that concluded in Saint-Petersburg today. The Conference was co-organised by the General Prosecutor’s...

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Minority languages in Slovenia: progress on German and Italian welcomed; renewed recommendation to recognise Croatian, German and Serbian

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 8 July 2021 Strasbourg

A new report published by the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages evaluates the measures taken by Slovenia to implement the recommendations for immediate action given to it in November 2019. The Charter entered into force in Slovenia in 2001; it applies...

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Committee of Ministers: Informal exchange of views with civil society representatives on free exercise of lawyer profession

Committee of Ministers 8 July 2021 Strasbourg

At an informal meeting on 8 July 2021, delegations from the Council of Europe’s 47 member States held an exchange of views with representatives of international civil society organisations active in the area of the protection of the freedom of exercise of the profession of lawyer and the defence...

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Netherlands makes voluntary contribution to Council of Europe

Deputy Secretary General 8 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Netherlands has made a voluntary contribution of €301,200 to the Council of Europe. Ambassador Roeland Böcker made the financial commitment in the presence of Deputy Secretary General Bjorn Berge. €100,000 will be spent on the Action Plan for Ukraine and €50,000 on the Action Plan for...

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The CEPEJ publishes a Handbook on court dashboards

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) 8 July 2021 Strasbourg

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) has produced a handbook to provides practical step-by-step guidelines on how to develop comprehensive court-level and judge-level dashboards. It covers the process of designing the dashboard including content, data visualisation and...

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Special Representative of Secretary General on Migration and Refugees reports on his mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Special Representative of Secretary General on Migration and Refugees 8 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek has published a report on his fact-finding mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aim of the mission was to provide a picture of the current situation of migrants, refugees and asylum...

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Secretary General at Ukraine Reform Conference: progress made, but further efforts needed

Secretary General 7 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić in the opening speech at the 4th Ukraine Reform Conference “Strong Ukraine in a Stronger European and Euro-Atlantic Family” spoke about the important contribution that Ukraine has made to the work of the Council of Europe,...

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Human Rights Trust Fund supports three new projects

Human Rights Trust Fund (HRTF) 5 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Assembly of Contributors of the Human Rights Trust Fund (HRTF) has decided to allocate funding to three new projects: Strengthening the provision of health care and mental health care in prisons in Romania; Ensuring the effective implementation of the right to a fair trial (Article 6 of the...

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8 July 2021 New York (6.15 p.m.-7.15 p.m.)

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

10–31 July 2021 Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Mostar Citizens’ Assembly

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