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GRECO President: “Covid-19 related corruption risks remain high; governments should respond quickly but lawfully to the pandemic”

council of europe 09 DECEMBER 2021 Strasbourg

To mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, commemorated every year on 9 December, the President of the Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO), Marin Mrčela, issued the following statement: “As governments face successive waves of the Covid-19 pandemic and still...

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“Free to Create, Create to be Free” – digital exhibition on artistic freedom

Council of Europe 8 December 2021 Strasbourg

In today’s world, freedom of expression is facing growing pressure – and so is the freedom of artistic expression. The COVID-19 crisis has severely affected artists and the cultural and creative sector, having rendered, at the same time, ever more visible the importance of arts and culture that...

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Secretary General asks Poland how it intends to ensure effective implementation of ECHR

Secretary General 7 December 2021 Strasbourg

In a letter to the Polish Foreign Minister, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has today taken a step of formally asking Poland to explain how, in the context of the recent judgment from the country’s Constitutional Court, it ensures the effective implementation of its...

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How two key Council of Europe conventions can tackle online violence against women

Council of Europe 7 December 2021 Strasbourg

As digital technologies have a reproducing and amplifying effect on existing gender inequalities, recent Covid-related restrictions and lockdowns have seen an increase in cybercriminal activities, as people stay online longer. As a result, women and girls are facing multiple risks of online and...

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Committee of Ministers: Informal exchange of views with representatives of civil society on “Addressing hate crime within a human rights framework”

Committee of Ministers 7 December 2021 Strasbourg

At an informal meeting on 6 December 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 combatting hate crime. They discussed the challenges of data gathering, reporting,...

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2020 North-South Prize Award Ceremony: focus on right to life and climate change

North-South Centre 7 December 2021 Strasbourg

The 2020 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe (Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, Lisbon, 9 December, 12 pm) will be awarded to the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP), represented by its President, Judge Navanethem Pillay, in recognition of its contribution to the...

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Athens Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence and Rule of Law

Council of Europe 6 December 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is taking part in the third edition (online) of the “Athens Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence and the Rule of Law” on 6 and 7 December. Organised by the Future Society and ELONTech under the Patronage of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou,...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: latest Committee of Ministers decisions

Committee of Ministers 3 December 2021 Strasbourg

The latest case-by-case decisions on the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The Committee adopted 44 decisions concerning 19 member states during the meeting, including five...

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Council of Europe at Internet Governance Forum 2021

Council of Europe 3 December 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will participate in the debates of the 16th UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to be hosted by the government of Poland in a hybrid format in Katowice from 6 to 10 December, focusing its contribution in particular on the new challenges to the protection of human rights...

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Croatia: anti-torture Committee publishes report on 2020 ad hoc visit

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 3 December 2021 Strasbourg

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published a report on its ad hoc visit to Croatia from 10-14 August 2020. The report is made public pursuant to Rule 39§3 (*) of the Rules of Procedure of the CPT, following written...

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Conference on Integrity in Sport in Rome

Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) 3 December 2021 Strasbourg

Integrity is intrinsically related to the question of ethics in sport. The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and the Italian Department for Sport, within the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, are co-hosting a Conference on...

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Increased trafficking in counterfeit medicines : countries urged to ratify MEDICRIME Convention

Council of Europe 30 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (MEDICRIME Convention) will mark its 10th anniversary on 2 December, with an online event taking a look at its background, added value, success stories and the...

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History teaching to foster reconciliation in Europe: First annual conference

Council of Europe 30 November 2021 Strasbourg

History can be taught in ways which foster reconciliation within and between nations, avoiding prejudice, stereotypes, and biased thinking. The newly-established Council of Europe’s Observatory on History Teaching in Europe will tackle challenges on the way history is taught in the Continent,...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 29 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers will hold its quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 30 November to 2 December. Cases proposed for detailed examination concern Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and...

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Freedom from violence against women: The impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe 26 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has published a new “Freedom from violence against women” section of its dedicated website highlighting the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights, as part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The new section includes twelve case studies...

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Secretary General meets Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine

Secretary General 25 November 2021 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met in Strasbourg with Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. They have discussed co-operation in the culture, heritage and landscape field, as well as media, anti-discrimination and the...

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International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women: Secretary General exchanges views with Italian Equal Opportunities and Family Minister Bonetti

Council of Europe 25 November 2021 Strasbourg

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has exchanged views with the Italian Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family Elena Bonetti. The meeting focused on the fight against violence on women and domestic violence in the...

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Italy and the Council of Europe call for end to violence against women, including online

Council of Europe 25 November 2021 Strasbourg

We have the tools to overcome the mounting threat of violence against women and girls, including online violence. Joint statement by Elena Bonetti, Italian Minister for equal opportunities and family and Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić. We mark in 2021 the anniversary...

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Council of Europe Secretary General reacts to judgment from Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal

Secretary General 24 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement in response to today’s judgment from the Polish Constitutional Tribunal: “All 47 Council of Europe member states, including Poland, have undertaken to secure the rights and freedoms set out...

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New Council of Europe recommendation tackles the “digital dimension” of violence against women and girls

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 24 November 2021 Strasbourg

This year’s UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) shines a spotlight on the digital dimension of violence against women and girls. From body shaming (mocking someone’s bodily shape, size, or appearance) and cyber-flashing (sending unsolicited sexual...

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