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Venice Commission: Ukraine, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, non-recognised territories

Venice Commission 6 December 2019 Strasbourg

Constitutional experts of the Venice Commission have concluded that while there exists a clear obligation under international law for all States and international organisations not to recognise an annexation, explicitly or implicitly, this does not necessarily oblige the Parliamentary Assembly of...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina must immediately close the Vučjak camp and take concrete measures to improve the treatment of migrants in the country

Commissioner for Human Rights 6 December 2019 Sarajevo

“The living conditions of hundreds of human beings in the improvised Vučjak camp are shameful. That camp should have never been opened in the first place. It is now urgent to relocate these people and provide them with decent accommodations. I was assured by the State Minister of Security that...

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Speaking European - our languages, ourselves

European Centre for Modern Languages 5 December 2019 Strasbourg

From a baby's first words to the greatest literature, our ability to connect and express ourselves through language is an essential part of our humanity. Without words, how can we express our feelings, care for our families and loved ones, build prosperous and fair societies, or fight for our...

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Statement of Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić following the desecration of the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen

Secretary General 4 December 2019 Strasbourg

"I strongly condemn the desecration of the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, eastern France. We must take all measures to fight increasing anti-Semitism on our continent. This is imperative for the Council of Europe and its member states. Jewish life and heritage are part of our European identity...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 3 December 2019 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 3 to 5 December. Information on the cases to be examined in detail during the meeting is available here....

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A call for Bulgaria to speak out for human rights

Commissioner for Human Rights 2 December 2019 Strasbourg

“The government should step up its efforts to fight the hate speech prevailing today in Bulgaria in particular against Roma, LGBTI people and other minority groups” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, today after a 5-day visit to the country. Hate speech and...

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“Two clicks forward, and one click back”: children with disabilities reveal their experiences in the digital environment

Council of Europe 2 December 2019 Strasbourg

Ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, the Council of Europe presents a new report focusing on children with disabilities in the digital environment. The report describes the experiences of children with intellectual, physical, hearing and visual impairments....

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Quality journalism needs to be strengthened and protected

Council of Europe 29 November 2019 Strasbourg

Journalism has to be firmly supported by states, professional associations, internet intermediaries and platforms, regulatory authorities and journalists alike to ensure trust between public and media, concluded an international conference organised by the Council of Europe in Ljubljana in...

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Violence against women: Council of Europe reaction to developments in the Slovak Republic

Secretary General 28 November 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has today made the following statement: “Today’s decision by the Slovak Parliament rejecting the ratification of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention and calling on the government to block the EU’s accession...

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Committee of Ministers: Georgia takes over Presidency from France

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 27 November 2019 Strasbourg

The Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today passed from France to Georgia, at a meeting at the organisation’s Strasbourg headquarters. France’s Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin gave an overview of her country’s achievements. The...

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Earthquake in Albania: Secretary General expresses condolences and solidarity

Secretary General 26 November 2019 Strasbourg

Statement from Secretary General Marija Pječinović Burić

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If we want open, tolerant and inclusive communities, education is vital

Secrétaire Générale 26 novembre 2019 Paris

Speaking at the meeting of Education Ministers on 26 November in Paris, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić underlined the importance of promoting digital citizenship education and history teaching in Europe. Extracts of her speech: “When the Council of Europe was established 70 years ago,...

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Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through North-South cooperation

North-South Centre 25 November 2019 Lisbon

This year’s Lisbon Forum – organised by the Council of Europe’s Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity, or North-South Centre – focuses on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for a better and more sustainable future. By promoting dialogue between countries in the northern...

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New public policies for the Internet – 2019 IGF in Berlin

Council of Europe 22 November 2019 Strasbourg

What are the risks of discrimination created by the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? What access to data across borders do law enforcement need in order to fight cybercrime? How can privacy be protected in digital platforms? How do we rise to the challenge of tackling illegal content online...

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Council of Europe 22 November 2019 Strasbourg

Council of Europe leaders note success of Istanbul Convention, but warn of challenges ahead

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Marija Pejčinović Burić: The Budapest Convention will remain the most relevant international standard on cybercrime

Secretary General 20 November 2019 Strasbourg

Speaking at the opening of the conference on cybercrime, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić stressed the importance of the Budapest Convention, the only legally-binding international treaty, which is used on a daily basis by criminal justice authorities in national and international...

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Preventing torture in Europe: The CPT at thirty

21 november 2019 Strasbourg

In November 2019 the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment - or CPT for short - celebrates 30 years of work. Stopping torture and inhuman and degrading treatment is an essential ingredient in human rights protection. When people are...

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Conference on cybercrime: evidence in cyberspace, fake news and election interference

Council of Europe 13 November 2019 Strasbourg

From 20 to 22 November, ministers, other senior government officials, legal experts in criminal matters, and representatives of the internet industry, civil society and data protection organisations from all over the world will be meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg with a view to...

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Shaping future visions of Europe: European citizenship education is key

Council of Europe 19 November 2019 Strasbourg

The concept of European Citizenship is a dynamic and complex idea deeply connected with the ideals of democracy, participation and human rights in Europe. Formal and non-formal education play a key role in promoting it to young people, engaging them in discussions about European topics,...

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Violence against women in France: need to better protect victims and their children

GREVIO 19 November 2019 Strasbourg

In its first report on implementation by France of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention”) the Group of Experts (GREVIO) welcomes the authorities’ commitment and efforts in this field. It also underlines...

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