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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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Sweden should ensure equal access to rights of all minorities through clearer guidance to its municipalities

Council of Europe 19 february 2024 Strasbourg

Sweden continues to apply the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities to the Jewish minority, Roma, Sweden Finns, Tornedalians and the Sámi people. The Advisory Committee’s Opinion on the implementation of the Framework Convention by Sweden concludes that despite some...

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Death of Alexei Navalnyy: Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

Secretary General 16 February 2024 Strasbourg

"I am profoundly dismayed and outraged by the news of the sudden death of prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalnyy in a Russian prison. The Russian authorities must conduct an immediate and thorough investigation and make the findings available to the public in line with their...

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"There is little doubt that the Russian state bears full responsibility for the death of Alexei Navalny", PACE President says

Parliamentary Assembly 16 February 2024 Strasbourg

Following the death of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Theodoros Rousopoulos made the following statement: "I am deeply shocked by today's terrible news of the death in prison of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny....

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Death of Alexei Navalnyy: Statement by Committee of Ministers' President

Committee of Ministers 16 fEBRUARY 2024 Strasbourg

Liechtenstein Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sport and President of the Committee of Ministers, Dominique Hasler made the following statement: "Saddened and deeply disturbed by the reported death of Alexei Navalnyy today, I, in my capacity as President of the Committee of Ministers of...

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