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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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Congress President dismayed at the death of Alexey Navalny in Russia

Congress 16 February 2024 Strasbourg

Congress President Marc Cools has made the following statement today: “I am shocked and dismayed by the news of the death of Alexey Navalny in a Russian prison. On behalf of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, I express my deep condolences to his family....

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Protecting the human rights of sex workers

Commissioner for Human Rights 15 february 2024 Strasbourg

“The lived realities of sex workers across Europe raise serious human rights concerns. I call for an approach to sex work that is firmly based on human rights and focuses on the effective protection of sex workers’ rights, prioritising their safety, agency and bodily autonomy over stereotypes and...

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Cinema attendance in Europe up by 18% in 2023, but is still below pre-pandemic levels

European audiovisual observatory 15 february 2024 Strasbourg

According to initial findings compiled by the Council of Europe’s European Audiovisual Observatory, cinema attendance in wider Europe rose to approximately 859 million admissions in 2023. This reflects a positive year-on-year rise of 18.1%, signifying an increase of 131.8 million tickets compared...

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Rights of volunteer firefighters: Council of Europe concludes that France is in violation of the European Social Charter

European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) 14 February 2024 Strasbourg

In a new decision the Council of Europe’s European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) concludes that France is in violation of the revised European Social Charter on the ground of the discriminatory difference in treatment with regard to remuneration between certain volunteer firefighters (VFF)...

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Addressing delays in family law proceedings involving children: a key goal of a new EU-Council of Europe project in Slovenia

13 february 2024 bled

A new joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Ensuring the best interests of the child in civil court proceedings in Slovenia” has been launched in Bled. The project, co-funded by the EU and the Council of Europe and enacted by the Council of Europe's Children’s Rights...

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Azerbaijan should step up investigations and prosecutions of money laundering and improve supervisory arrangements, says MONEYVAL

MONEYVAL 12 February 2024 Strasbourg

In the new report published today, Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body MONEYVAL calls on Azerbaijan authorities to further strengthen measures to combat money laundering (ML), the financing of terrorism (TF) and financing of proliferation, in particular in the areas of preventive...

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Do You Know Your Digital Rights and Responsibilities? Take the quiz and find out!

9 february 2024 Strasbourg

Council of Europe user-friendly tool to empower users in the digital landscape

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Anti-torture committee highlights immigration issues in the UK

Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) 8 February 2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has raised a number of concerns related to immigration issues in the United Kingdom, following an ad hoc visit to the country early last year. The main objective of the CPT’s visit, which took place from 27 March to 6 April...

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Commissioner highlights key steps to better respect victims’ rights and deal with the past in former Yugoslavia region

Commissioner for Human Rights 8 February 2024 Strasbourg

In her letters to the Prime Ministers of the Council of Europe member states in the region of the former Yugoslavia, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, recommends specific steps to be taken to deal with the violent past and move more resolutely toward social...

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