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Norway: evaluation report on violence against women

Expert Group on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 25 November 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Expert Group on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) has published its baseline evaluation report on Norway. It contains a comprehensive analysis of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Norway. While acknowledging the steps taken...

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“There’s no place for violence against women in democratic cities and regions” says Congress Spokesperson on Gender Equality

Congress 25 November 2022 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women the Congress spokesperson for Gender Equality, Eirini Dourou (SOC, Greece), made the following statement: “Inclusive societies start with inclusivity at decision-making levels. However, women still remain...

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Statement by Committee of Ministers Chair, Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 24 November 2022 Strasbourg

“On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I reaffirm Iceland’s steadfast commitment to gender equality and the protection of the hard-earned progress concerning the human rights of women and girls. Together, we must combat all forms of violence against women and...

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Secretary General condemns Russia's attacks on hospitals and infrastructure in Ukraine, with repercussions in Moldova

Secretary General 24 November 2022 Strasbourg

“I condemn yet again Russia’s brutal attacks against hospitals (including a maternity ward), civilian and energy infrastructures in Ukraine, and their repercussions in the Republic of Moldova. This senseless and inhuman violence must stop.”

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Ukraine: We must help victims of sexual violence by Russian soldiers

Secretary General 24 November 2022 Strasbourg

Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Council of Europe Secretary General

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Poland’s implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights: Secretary General’s Report

Secretary General 23 November 2022 Strasbourg

A report by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has been published on 23 November on serious issues raised by two judgments of the Polish Constitutional Court of 24 November 2021 and 10 March 2022. In these judgments, the Constitutional Court found that the European Convention on Human...

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Violence against women in Cyprus: Despite positive developments, rape victims need more support says new report

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 23 November 2022 Strasbourg

The first evaluation of Cyprus by the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) highlights positive steps by Cypriot authorities taken since ratification in 2017 of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating...

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First report on Georgia’s implementation of Istanbul Convention welcomes steps on legislation, calls for more services for victims and dissuasive sanctions for perpetrators

GREVIO 22 November 2022 Strasbourg

In its first report on Georgia the Council of Europe’s monitoring body GREVIO has welcomed the many steps taken by the Georgian authorities to align its laws, policies and institutional framework with the standards of the Istanbul Convention. However, further legal amendments are needed, more...

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Vilnius conference discusses Public Service Media’s role in supporting democracy, including in times of crisis

Council of Europe 21 November 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are organising a conference in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 22 November to discuss the way to protect the critical role of public service media in upholding democracy at times when their sustainability and independence are being challenged...

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Local elections in Slovenia: Congress delegation welcomes an orderly ballot, but calls for more coherent regulations

Congress 21 November 2022 Strasbourg

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities carried out an observation mission of the local elections held on 20 November in Slovenia. The 18 observers were deployed to different regions of the country, in order to follow the electoral procedures in 120 polling stations,...

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Downing of flight MH17: 'Finally justice has been done, no room for impunity', says PACE President

PACE 17 November 2022 Strasbourg

PACE President Tiny Kox has made the following statement: "The Hague District Court in the Netherlands has just ruled on the State responsibility of the Russian Federation under the European Convention on Human Rights and other international conventions concerning the downing over eastern...

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Estonia needs to better address all forms of violence against women

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 17 November 2022 Strasbourg

In its first evaluation report on Estonia, the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) recognises a clear commitment to eliminate gender-based violence, but also calls on the authorities to address all forms of violence against women, provide more...

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Barnahus model helps children who suffered sexual abuse from feeling like victims for a second time, say Council of Europe leaders

Council of Europe 17 November 2022 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse marked on 18 November, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić and Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,...

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Conflict in Georgia: Secretary General’s Consolidated Report says human rights challenges persist in conflict-affected areas

Secretary General 16 November 2022 Strasbourg

Concerns persist regarding the human rights situation in the areas affected by the armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Georgia in August 2008, according to a report by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić presented to the Committee of Ministers. The bi-annual report (covering...

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Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

Secretary General 16 November 2022 Strasbourg

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the indiscriminate missiles strikes which hit Ukraine and Poland. On behalf of the Council of Europe, I express my condolences and full support to both countries. The bloodshed must immediately end. Europeans need peace and security to return to our...

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Secretary General in Berlin for the Opening Ceremony of the 8th World Congress against the Death Penalty

Secretary General 15 November 2022 Strasbourg

“Death is not justice. Capital punishment replaces justice with revenge. This has to be wrong – and it must be stopped”, said Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić in a panel discussion at the opening of the 8th World Congress against the Death Penalty which is held from 15-18 November in...

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Violence against women: Switzerland must take new measures

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 15 November 2022 Strasbourg

In its first report on Switzerland, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) calls on Switzerland to consolidate the measures it has already taken by strengthening its system of protection for women victims of violence and...

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GREVIO publishes its report on Iceland

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 14 November 2022 Strasbourg

In its first (baseline) evaluation report on Iceland, the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) welcomed the comprehensive action taken over the past decades to advance women’s rights and gender equality through action plans, legislative measures...

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Special call for activities to support young people from Ukraine

Council of Europe 10 November 2022 Strasbourg

The European Youth Foundation (EYF) has launched a special call to support young people from Ukraine. This initiative responds to current needs identified by the Ukrainian authorities and stakeholders in the youth field. Youth organisations in Ukraine or youth organisations working with young...

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Iceland takes over Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 9 November 2022 Strasbourg

Iceland has taken over the rotating Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers from Ireland during a meeting with representatives of the Organisation’s 46 member states. The incoming Chair – Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir –...

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