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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from the Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 23 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers has published the case-by-case decisions taken during the Committee’s meeting from 20 to 22 September to supervise the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights. The Committee of Ministers adopted 31 decisions concerning 19 member...

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National minorities: new opinions on North Macedonia and Slovenia published

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 22 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) published new opinions on North Macedonia (see summary in Macedonian) and Slovenia (see summary in Slovenian). North Macedonia has made significant progress in the legal protection of national...

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Greece: Anti-racism commission praises Greece’s national action plans, but concerns remain

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 22 September 2022 Strasbourg

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has welcomed Greece’s anti-racism action plan, developments in LGBTI equality, changes to the migration code to help third party nationals and moves by national broadcasters to stop hate speech. But concerns remain, say ECRI in their...

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Anti Racism Commission calls for French progress on police identity controls and minority rights

Anti Racism Commission 21 September 2022 Strasbourg

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has called for France to improve the recording of police identity controls and to recognise Travellers’ caravans as a type of housing. Its latest report also recommends human rights training for people working in schools; measures to...

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Council of Europe Secretary General rejects so-called ‘referenda’ in occupied Ukrainian territories

Secretary General 21 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 46-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has today made the following statement: “The announced so-called ‘referenda’ in Ukrainian territories that are occupied by Russian forces is a further escalation of the conflict and the ongoing violation of...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 21 September 2022 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 20 to 22 September. Cases proposed for detailed examination concern Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium,...

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Anti racism commission releases new conclusions on Albania, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 20 September 2022 Strasbourg

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published conclusions on how Albania, Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland implemented priority recommendations addressed to them in 2020. These covered the situation of Roma, social rights of vulnerable groups, support to...

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Russia ceases to be party to the European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe 16 September 2022 Strasbourg

Six months after its exclusion from the Council of Europe, the Russian Federation ceases to be party to the European Convention on Human Rights on 16 September 2022. The European Court of Human Rights remains competent to deal with applications against Russia concerning actions or omissions...

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ECHR judgments: New factsheet on personal data protection

DEPARTMENT FOR THE EXECUTION OF JUDGMENTS OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS 16 September 2022 Strasbourg

A new thematic factsheet summarising how member states have responded following judgments by the European Court of Human Rights on the protection of personal data has been released. It gives examples of how member states have acted after judgments by the court, covering areas such as collection...

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No impunity for Russia’s crimes against Ukraine

Committee of Ministers 15 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a decision today in which it stresses the urgent need to ensure a comprehensive system of accountability for serious violations of international law arising out of the Russian aggression against Ukraine to avoid impunity and to...

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Secretary General deplores Russian plans for a referendum to annex Ukrainian territories

Secretary General 15 September 2022 Strasbourg

Statement by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić

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Secretary General: Millions of Russians no longer protected by the European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe 15 September 2022 Strasbourg

Following Russia’s exclusion from the Council of Europe on 16 March 2022, as a result of its aggression against Ukraine, the Russian Federation will cease to be a High Contracting Party to the European Convention on Human Rights on 16 September 2022. “Russia’s aggression against Ukraine continues...

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Secretary General meets First Lady of Ukraine

Secretary General 14 September 2022 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić met in Strasbourg with the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska. They discussed the situation in Ukraine and the support the Council of Europe is providing.

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Positive progress for German detainees, but serious concerns remain, says Anti Torture Committee

CPT 14 September 2022 Strasbourg

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has welcomed positive trends in prisoner treatment in Germany, but outlined a number of serious concerns. The delegation - which visited police stations, prisons and psychiatric clinics...

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Civil Society in the spotlight at Venice Commission round table

Council of Europe 13 September 2022 Strasbourg

The participation of civil society in public decision-making and the foreign funding of associations were the key themes of the international round table event entitled “Civil Society: Empowerment and Accountability” in Strasbourg, organised by the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR in the...

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Hostilities at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan: Committee of Ministers Chair and PACE President call for de-escalation and respect for a cease-fire

Council of Europe 13 September 2022 Strasbourg

Following last night’s escalation of violence along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, which has reportedly already caused numerous casualties and significant damage, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Simon Coveney, and the...

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Hostilities around Armenian-Azerbaijan border: statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

Secretary General 13 September 2022 Strasbourg

“Reports of escalating armed hostilities around the Armenian-Azerbaijani border are very alarming. Disagreements between Council of Europe member States must be resolved peacefully through negotiations. Recent direct contacts between the highest authorities of both countries were promising and...

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Council of Europe statement on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Secretary General 8 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Europe’s longest reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the Council of Europe, I send my heartfelt condolences to the Royal...

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Council of Europe launches regular dialogue with Belarusian democratic forces

Committee of Ministers 8 September 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has agreed to hold regular exchanges with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and other representatives of Belarusian democratic opposition forces, following a fruitful exchange of views with Ms Tsikhanouskaya on 6 July. The Committee has invited the Secretary...

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European Heritage Days 2022 shine a spotlight on “Sustainable Heritage”

European Heritage Days 7 September 2022 Strasbourg

Sustainable Heritage is the theme for the 2022 European Heritage Days: a focus on the active role of communities building a more sustainable and resilient future for European heritage, in the context of environmental changes and related risks. The European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the...

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