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2021 Václav Havel Prize awarded to Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava

Parliamentary Assembly session 27 September 2021 Strasbourg

The ninth Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights – has been awarded to Belarusian opposition leader and activist Maria Kalesnikava. The 60,000-euro prize was presented at a special ceremony on the opening day of the autumn...

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Poland: Judicial independence remains at risk according to new report from GRECO

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 27 September 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published a report on the prevention of corruption in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. This report contains an update of GRECO’s critical assessment of the 2016-2018 reforms concerning the Polish...

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Human rights and environment: the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe 27 September 2021 Strasbourg

Ahead of a series of Parliamentary Assembly debates on the right to a healthy environment, the Council of Europe has published a new “environment” section of its dedicated website highlighting the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights. The new section includes ten case studies showing...

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The Council of Europe stands united in the fight against antisemitism

Special Representative of the Secretary General on antisemitic, anti‑Muslim and other forms of religious intolerance and hate crimes 24 September 2021 Strasbourg

On 23 September the Ministers’ Deputies held an informal meeting under the Hungarian Presidency on “Combating and preventing antisemitism in Europe: challenges and perspectives” with guest speakers: Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European...

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PACE Autumn Session focuses on the right to a healthy environment

Parliamentary Assembly 24 September 2021 Strasbourg

A high-level panel and interactive debate on “The environment and human rights: the right to a safe, healthy and sustainable environment”, as well as a full day of debates on this topic, forms the centrepiece of the Autumn Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE),...

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European Day of Languages 2021: “All voices matter” says Secretary General

Council of Europe 24 September 2021 Strasbourg

26 September 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the European Day of Languages. Since 2001, the Day has been celebrating the rich tapestry of languages coexisting in Europe and beyond. According to Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić “The European Day of Languages reminds...

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San Marino: GREVIO reports substantial progress in national policies to stop violence against women

GREVIO 23 September 2021 Strasbourg

In its first report on San Marino’s implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (known as the “Istanbul Convention”), the Group of Experts (GREVIO) highlights several positive developments. These include the enactment...

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Statelessness and the right to a nationality in Europe

Council of Europe 23 September 2021 Strasbourg

Strengthening efforts to end statelessness in Europe and guarantee the provision of fundamental rights to everyone was the key theme of the events organised on 23-24 September in Strasbourg by the Council of Europe’s European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee...

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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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