Secretary General statement on awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to human rights activists in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

07/10/2022 Strasbourg

"The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this year to longstanding partners of the Council of Europe - Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, the Russian human rights organisation Memorial and the Ukrainian human rights organization the Center for Civil Liberties. We are delighted by the decision of the Nobel...

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Germany: Council of Europe experts find serious gaps in protecting women and girls from gender-based violence

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 7 October 2022 Strasbourg

In its first baseline evaluation report on Germany, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) welcomes criminal law measures taken before and after Germany’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention in 2018, but also points out...

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“Addressing disinformation and propaganda with a human rights framework”: informal exchange of views with civil society representatives

Committee of Ministers 7 October 2022 Strasbourg

At an informal meeting on 6 October delegations from the Council of Europe’s 46 member states held an exchange of views with representatives of international civil society organisations active in the media field. They discussed the challenges of disinformation and propaganda which undermine...

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Irish Presidency welcomes publication of report on the future of the Council of Europe

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 5 October 2022 Strasbourg

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, and Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, have joined Council of Europe leaders today in welcoming the publication of a report on the future of the Council of Europe by a High-Level Reflection Group chaired by Ireland’s former...

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Efficiency and quality of justice in Europe: Council of Europe publishes its 2022 report

CEPEJ 5 October 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) has set out the main trends of the judicial systems of 44 European countries and 3 observer States (*) in a report, country profiles and an interactive database (all publicly available). This evaluation report, the...

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Angela Merkel to receive UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for protecting refugees at height of Syria crisis

Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees 4 October 2022 Strasbourg

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today that Dr. Angela Merkel, the former Federal Chancellor of Germany, will receive the 2022 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award. Each year, the award – named after the Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen – is given to an...

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Human trafficking: Council of Europe experts call on Luxembourg to step up efforts to identify and assist victims

Expert group on human trafficking (GRETA) 4 October 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking (GRETA) has urged Luxembourg to make additional efforts to identify and assist victims of trafficking, and to ensure that human trafficking cases are investigated proactively and results in effective, proportionate, and dissuasive...

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Bulgaria: progress on addressing inequalities, but more needed to protect LGBTI and Roma from discrimination and hate speech and help refugees

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 4 October 2022 Strasbourg

Bulgaria has achieved tangible progress since 2014 in fighting intolerance, introducing inclusive education, combating antisemitism, promoting integration of Roma and supporting refugees. However, hate and prejudice against LGBTI persons and Roma persist and should be addressed, and integration...

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35 years of Cultural Routes: Safeguarding European Values, Heritage, and Dialogue

Cultural Routes 4 October 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Cultural Routes’ programme is celebrating its 35th anniversary at the 11th Advisory Forum which is taking place in Chania, Crete (Greece) from 5-7 October, including a special event to highlight the relevance of Cultural Routes for the promotion of cultural diversity,...

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Dublin conference discusses rights and the best interests of the child in parental separation and care proceedings

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 3 October 2022 Strasbourg

Considering the voice of children and young people in determining their best interests in family courts during parental separation and care proceedings is the focus of an international conference taking place in Dublin on 3 October under the Irish Presidency of the Council of Europe. The Minister...

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European ministers adopt “Dublin Declaration” on preventing violence through equality

Council of Europe 30 september 2022 Dublin

Thirty-eight member states have backed a “Dublin Declaration” pledging a series of steps to promote gender equality in order to help prevent domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. The declaration is inspired by the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on violence against women, and...

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Council of Europe leaders condemn the illegal annexation of occupied territories of Ukraine

Council of Europe 30 September 2022 Strasbourg

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Simon Coveney, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have made the following...

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Minority Languages promotion in Switzerland backed by expert report

ECRML 28 september 2022 Strasbourg

French and German should be given more support in Swiss cantons where they are non-official languages, whilst Italian and Romansh need more promotion in economic and social life, the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) recommends in its latest...

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Ireland must step up its fight against human trafficking

GRETA 28 september 2022 Strasbourg

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has urged authorities in Ireland to take further action against human trafficking, notably by improving prosecution of human traffickers and providing specialised shelters and compensation for victims. GRETA’s latest...

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Migration and Refugees : Poland fact-finding mission

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE ON MIGRATION AND REFUGEES 28 september 2022 Strasbourg

Following her recent visit to Poland, the primary destination for millions of people fleeing Ukraine since the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Leyla Kayacik presented her report to the Committee...

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Migration and Refugees : Republic of Moldova fact-finding mission

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE ON MIGRATION AND REFUGEES 28 september 2022 Strasbourg

In the face of an unprecedented influx of refugees, the Moldovan authorities managed to mobilise resources and join efforts in an outstanding response to provide immediate assistance to those fleeing Ukraine. In her recent report, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration...

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Putting children at the centre – Council of Europe and EU synergies in protecting children’s rights

Secretary General 27 september 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2022-2027 (the Rome Strategy) and the EU Strategy for the Rights of the Child share a common vision and objectives, focusing on the participation of children, integrated systems for child protection and child-friendly justice, said the...

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War in Ukraine, Covid-19 and climate change key challenges for national minorities

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF NATIONAL MINORITIES (FCNM) 27 september 2022 Strasbourg

National minorities in Europe faced multiple threats during the past two years, says a new report from the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine caused a humanitarian catastrophe, including for national...

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Committee of Ministers calls on member states to recognise the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right

Committee of Ministers 27 september 2022 Strasbourg

In a Recommendation on human rights and the protection of the environment adopted today, the Council of Europe calls on its 46 member states to actively consider recognising, at national level, the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, as a human right. Considering that measures...

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Committee of Ministers calls on member states to better address human trafficking for labour exploitation

Committee of Ministers 27 september 2022 Strasbourg

As trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation has been on the rise across Europe, affecting an increasing number of women, men and children, the Committee of Ministers calls on its 46 member states to adopt national laws, policies and strategies to address the problem and...

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