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The EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe / European Commission 29 September 2020 Strasbourg

Joint statement on behalf of the Council of Europe and the European Commission

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 29 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is holding its latest quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 29 September to 1st October. Cases to be examined in detail during the meeting concern Bosnia and...

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San Marino: Council of Europe anti-corruption body calls for a structural reform of the judiciary

Group of States against Corruption 29 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) recommends that the composition of the Judicial Council be changed to limit political influence. In a new report it also calls for a reappraisal of the workload, internal procedures and resources of the court to improve and streamline its...

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Congress Rapporteur calls for solidarity with local authorities to urgently remedy refugee situation after Moria fires

Congress 28 September 2020 Strasbourg

Against the background of the devastating fires in the “Moria Reception and Identification Centre” on the Greek island of Lesbos, Yoomi Renström (Sweden, SOC/G/PD), Rapporteur of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe deplored the lack of joint action in Europe,...

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New Council of Europe guide to public debate on human rights and biomedicine

Council of Europe 28 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has launched a new guide to assist member states in initiating and promoting dialogue with the public on the challenges posed by biomedical developments, both for individuals and society. Aimed primarily primarily at government officials, public authorities, national ethics...

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Nagorno-Karabakh: Secretary General calls for immediate end to hostilities

27 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović-Burić, has made the following statement concerning the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh: “I am gravely concerned about reports of military escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I call on our Member States Armenia...

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World Forum for Democracy adapts to Covid-19 pandemic conditions

World Forum for Democracy 25 September 2020 Strasbourg

Exceptionally, the 9th edition of the World Forum for Democracy "Can Democracy Save the Environment? will take place over a whole year and will be launched on 18 November 2020. The Forum will kick off with a campaign of activities "12 months to answer 1 question". In a real spirit of...

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26 September: The European Day of Languages

Council of Europe 25 September 2020 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

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EU Pact on Migration and Asylum: a renewed opportunity to uphold human rights in migration governance

Council of Europe 23 september 2020 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees of the Council of Europe and the Regional Representative for Europe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) have welcomed the presentation by the European Commission of its new Pact on Migration and Asylum. The launch of...

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Netherlands and Slovenia: Committee of Ministers adopts recommendations on promoting regional and minority languages

Committee of Ministers 23 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has adopted recommendations to the Netherlands and to Slovenia, based on the evaluation reports by the Committee of Experts under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML). In the Netherlands, the Charter applies to Frisian,...

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Congress to organise remote meeting of the Statutory Forum

Congress 22 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Statutory Forum of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will hold a remote meeting on 28 September 2020 to examine, for adoption, several reports on the state of local democracy in Europe and on grassroots elections in major crisis situations, as well as its...

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Commissioner: Human rights violations in Belarus must stop immediately

Commissioner for Human Rights 21 September 2020 Strasbourg

More than a month after the beginning of mass protests following the presidential elections in Belarus, the human rights situation in the country remains extremely worrying. Thousands of peaceful protesters have been arrested, and several individuals have been reported missing. Yet, non-violent...

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GREVIO report on Belgium: violence against women should be more visible in national anti-violence policies

GREVIO 21 September 2020 Strasbourg

In its first report on implementation by Belgium of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (known as the “Istanbul Convention”), the Group of Experts (GREVIO) highlights how gender-based violence against women is relatively...

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Secretary General: member states must work together to learn COVID-19 health crisis lessons

Secretary General 17 September 2020 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has called for increased multilateral cooperation among the organisation’s member states to draw lessons from the pandemic crisis and enhance preparedness for addressing health concerns on the basis of common principles and best...

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Secretary General: Anti-money laundering controls should not be relaxed

MONEYVAL 16 September 2020 Strasbourg

Addressing MONEYVAL on the occasion of its 60th plenary meeting, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has stressed the importance of not relaxing anti-money laundering controls, which is taking place in some countries, and of strengthening effective compliance with...

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International Day of Democracy: statement by the President of the Congress

Congress 15 September 2020 Strasbourg

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Anders Knape, made the following statement on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy: "If democracy is the foundation on which our common values are based, it is at the level closest to citizens,...

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Anti-torture committee urges Moldova to end persistent inter-prisoner violence and intimidation

Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) 15 September 2020 Strasbourg

Moldova should take resolute action to put an end to inter-prisoner violence and intimidation linked mainly to informal hierarchies in the country’s prisons, says the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in a new report. (see executive summary) In the report, based on...

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Meeting with Clément Beaune, French State Secretary for European Affairs

Secretary General 15 September 2020 Strasbourg

On Monday 14 September, the Secretary General met Clément Beaune, French State Secretary for European Affairs. During this first meeting, they discussed the Council of Europe’s role in helping its member states to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic effectively and to learn a number of lessons from the...

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Commissioner calls on Greek authorities to provide adequate support to all those affected by fire at Moria

COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS 10 September 2020 Strasbourg

“The fire that destroyed most of the Registration and Identification Centre of Moria and the informal settlements surrounding it, on the Greek island of Lesvos on Tuesday night has dramatically worsened the living conditions of more than 12 000 asylum seekers and migrants, including more than...

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Council of Europe Bank and Italy sign € 300 million loan agreement to support COVID-19 response

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 9 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance have signed a € 300 million loan agreement to finance the emergency and health expenditure associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Italy was the first EU country to declare the state of emergency on 31 January...

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Events Events
29 September-1 October, Strasbourg

Implementing ECHR judgments

29 September, online meeting (4 p.m. CEST)

Webinar on “Gender Sensitive Drug Policy Responses”

28 September, online meeting (2:30 to 5 p.m. CEST)

The Congress Statutory Forum holds a remote meeting

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