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Safety of Journalists platform 2024 report: serious concern about the use of spyware against journalists, abusive lawsuits and journalists in exile

PLATFORM TO PROMOTE THE PROTECTION OF JOURNALISM AND SAFETY OF JOURNALISTS 5 March 2024 Strasbourg

The unlawful deployment of spyware against journalists, the use of abusive lawsuits against journalists to hamper their investigative work and the precarious situation of many journalists in exile, notably from Russia and Belarus, are among the main concerns expressed by partner organisations to...

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Deputy Secretary General visits Poland: Support for Ukraine and the rule of law high on the agenda

Deputy Secretary General 5 March 2024 Warsaw

Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge paid a working visit to Poland March 4-5. In Warsaw he met the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Radosław Sikorski. Their conversation focused on the need for multilateral support for Ukraine and the Council of Europe’s specific role in addressing the...

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Secretary General in Brussels

Secretary General 4 March 2024 Brussels

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić is visiting Brussels today, where she is speaking at the opening plenary session of the Ideas Lab 2024, organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies, alongside European Commission Executive Vice-Presidents Valdis Dombrovskis and Maroš Šefčovič and...

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Rule of Law Youth Network launched in Tunis

4 March 2024 Tunis

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC) and the joint initiative between the European Union and the Council of Europe ‘South Programme V’ today are launching the Rule of Law Youth Network (RoLYN) in Tunis. Over the next two years (2024-2026), network members will explore...

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GRECO: Czechia must improve the effectiveness of its system to promote integrity and prevent corruption in government and the police

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 4 March 2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), calls in a new report for determined measures to prevent corruption in Czechia in respect of persons with top executive functions, including the Prime Minister, ministers, deputy ministers, ministers’ advisers, as well as members...

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Antalya Diplomacy Forum: Secretary General highlights Council of Europe’s commitment to fighting racism and discrimination

1 March 2024 Antalya

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has highlighted the Organisation’s commitment to combating all forms of racism and discrimination, including anti-Muslim racism and hatred, while addressing the 3rd edition of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Türkiye. Taking the floor during the Panel on...

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Czechia extends protection of German language under the minority languages charter

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) 01 March 2024

Czechia has decided to extend its undertakings under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) regarding German in the districts of Cheb, Karlovy Vary, Sokolov, Liberec, Ústí nad Labem, Český Krumlov, Opava and Svitavy (see the notification in full here). The authorities...

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Lithuania should do more to ensure access to justice for trafficking victims, say Council of Europe experts

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 28 February 2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has called on Lithuania to take further action against human trafficking, notably by improving the access of victims of trafficking to legal assistance and compensation, and by disassociating the...

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Secretary General meets Yulia Navalnaya

Secretary General 28 February 2024 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Alexei Navalnyy. While expressing condolences and deep sadness for the loss of the prominent Russian opposition leader, the Secretary General underlined how Mr Navalnyy’s death cannot be separated from the grave human...

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Civic Space, Democracy and Artificial Intelligence: how do they intersect?

27 February 2024 Strasbourg

On the occasion of World NGO Day, the Council of Europe’s Conference of International NGOs, bringing together representatives of civil society organisations enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe, held a public interactive and hybrid event “Civic Space, Democracy and Artificial...

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Congress President condemns plans for Russian presidential elections in occupied Ukrainian regions

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 27 February 2024 Strasbourg

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Marc Cools, has made the following statement: “I strongly condemn the plans by the Russian Federation to organise presidential elections in the temporarily occupied regions of Ukraine.” “The illegal conduct...

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Congress President denounces so-called local elections in Belarus

Congress 26 February 2024 Strasbourg

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Marc Cools, has made the following statement: “The so-called local elections organised in Belarus on 25 February 2024 are nothing but a sham. Without freedoms of speech, assembly and association, without...

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PACE President: “The ‘elections’ in Belarus are a travesty of democracy”

Parliamentary Assembly 26 February 2024 Strasbourg

“There cannot be free and fair elections in a situation where freedoms of speech, assembly and association are curtailed; where opposition political parties are liquidated and their leaders persecuted; where the freedom of the media is not respected; and where there is no redress against these...

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Hungary: report calls for improving access to justice and legal remedies for human trafficking victims

GRETA 26 February 2024 Strasbourg

In a new report the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) calls on the Hungarian authorities to take further action against human trafficking, notably by improving the assistance provided to victims of trafficking and their access to legal aid...

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Council of Europe marks two years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine

Council of Europe 23 February 2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has marked the second anniversary of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine by holding a special ceremony in front of its main headquarters building in Strasbourg, France. Taking part in the ceremony were Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, President of the...

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Extraordinary meeting of Ministers’ Deputies (23 February 2024) - Second anniversary of full-scale aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine

Committee of Ministers 23 February 2024 Strasbourg

On 23 February, the Ministers' Deputies held an extraordinary meeting on the occasion of the second-year anniversary of the full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. They recalled the measures already taken by the Council of Europe and adopted a series of decisions,...

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GRETA calls on Italy to better prevent human trafficking for labour exploitation and ensure effective sanctions for traffickers

GRETA 23 février 2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has urged the Italian authorities to take further action against human trafficking, notably by strengthening measures to combat trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, ensuring effective...

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Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine: Two years on

Council of Europe 23 February 2024 Strasbourg

Council of Europe leaders reiterate support and solidarity

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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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