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Secretary General attends UN General Assembly in New York

Secretary General 21 September 2021 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić is taking part in the high-level General Debate of the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Her participation includes a series of bilateral meetings with foreign ministers from a number of countries. Prior to this the...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 17 September 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 20 member states during the meeting, including three...

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Impact of Covid-19 on mental health in prisons and probation

Council of Europe 17 September 2021 Strasbourg

The impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of offenders and staff and the enhanced use of new technologies lead the agenda of the annual conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services of Council of Europe member states, taking place in Funchal on the island of Madeira (Portugal) on 20...

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Poland: Promising initiatives against domestic violence but urgent steps needed to combat other forms of violence against women

GREVIO 16 September 2021 Strasbourg

In its first report on Poland, the Council of Europe’s GREVIO – the independent group that monitors implementation of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) – praises recently introduced emergency barring orders, allowing...

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Congress President: “Cities and regions build a democracy of proximity”

Congress 15 September 2021 Strasbourg

On the International Day of Democracy on 15 September 2021, Congress President Leendert Verbeek desired to draw attention to the situation of local and regional democracy. In his words, this “democracy of proximity” – the first level of democracy – enables citizens to most quickly “witness their...

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Artificial intelligence – a new portal to promote global cooperation launched with eight international organisations

Council of Europe 14 September 2021 Strasbourg

On 14 September 2021, eight international organisations joined forces to launch a new portal promoting global cooperation on artificial intelligence (AI). The portal is a one-stop shop for data, research findings and good practices in AI policy. The objective of the portal is to help policymakers...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Anti-torture committee calls for vigorous action to prevent police ill-treatment

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 14 September 2021 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) calls on the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to take vigorous action to address the problem of police ill treatment (summary of the report)....

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Governments must step up the fight against antisemitism in all its forms, says anti-racism commission

Expert body on racism and intolerance (ECRI) 14 September 2021 Strasbourg

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) issues a new General Policy Recommendation to the 47 Council of Europe member states

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 13 September 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is holding its quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 14 to 16 September.Cases proposed for detailed examination concern Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium,...

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Secretary General participates in International Remembrance Ceremony at Natzweiler - Struthof

Secretary General 13 September 2021 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić took part on Sunday in the international ceremony of Remembrance in the former concentration camp of Natzweiler – Struthof. The Secretary General lit the commemorative flame after having received the torch from deported victims Pierre Rolinet and Henri...

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CPT calls on Sweden to improve conditions for remand prisoners

Committee for the Prevention of Torture 9 September 2021 Strasbourg

In a new report the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) calls on the Swedish authorities to limit restrictions on remand prisoners to only exceptional circumstances and to refrain from detaining foreign nationals in prisons instead of placing them in centres specifically designed for...

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Crystal Scales of Justice Prize: shortlisted projects announced

Crystal Scales of Justice Prize 8 September 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s “Crystal Scales of Justice Prize” identifies, publicises and shares innovative practices aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of judicial systems. Of 23 applications received from 15 countries, the jury, composed of justice professionals, selected three projects...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: new factsheet on rights of LGBTI people

Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights 7 September 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights has published a new thematic factsheet on cases related to the rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people. The factsheet summarises measures reported by 18 member...

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National minority rights: conference in Budapest assesses NGO role and presents study on national minority youth

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 7 September 2021 Strasbourg

The Hungarian Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is hosting a conference in Budapest on “The role of NGOs and research institutes in promoting Council of Europe norms and standards on national minority rights”. Promoting national minority rights is a priority for the...

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European Heritage Days 2021 celebrate “Heritage: All Inclusive!”

Council of Europe 2 September 2021 Strasbourg

The 2021 #EuropeanHeritageDays will celebrate Inclusive and Diverse Heritage to encourage broad participation in culture, to foster and celebrate diversity, and to emphasise that interaction with individuals and communities with different cultural backgrounds can enrich our lives. Particular...

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Eighth Regional Rule of Law Forum for South East Europe

Council of Europe 1 September 2021 Strasbourg

The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Robert Spano, a number of current and former ECHR judges and Thomas Markert, the former Secretary of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission of constitutional experts, will take part in the Eighth Regional Rule of Law Forum for South East...

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Ukraine joins Council of Europe’s drug policy cooperation platform the Pompidou Group

Pompidou Group 31 August 2021 Strasbourg

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has delivered a letter to Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić informing her of his country's decision to join the Pompidou Group as of January 2022. The participation of Ukrainian experts in the work of the Group will help with the...

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Council of Europe member states should not undermine human rights protections in response to Afghans seeking safety

Commissioner for Human Rights 30 August 2021 Strasbourg

“Member states should unequivocally commit to handling the arrival of persons fleeing the horrendous situation in Afghanistan in accordance with their human rights obligations”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. “Various governments and local authorities...

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Tunisia: statement by Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio

Venice Commission 26 August 2021 Strasbourg

“Since the declaration of the state of emergency on 25 July 2021, the President of Tunisia has concentrated in his hands the legislative, executive and, partially, judicial powers. Tunisia does not have a constitutional court. Tunisia is facing a very deep crisis, caused on the one hand by the...

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Crimea: Secretary General underlines Council of Europe’s support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity

Secretary General 23 August 2021 KYIV

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has repeated the organisation’s condemnation of the illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. Speaking at the Crimea Platform summit in Kiev, she said “We remain steadfast in our support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and...

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