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Fighting Systemic Racism: Webinar on Instruments and Tools

Anti-Discrimination Department 3 July 2020 Strasbourg

The challenge of systemic racism is still widespread in Europe. Our Anti-Discrimination Department is holding a webinar on Tuesday 7 July. It will explore successful strategies and inspiring actions to address systemic and institutional racism, examine the effectiveness of Council of Europe tools...

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Launch of handbook on Family reunification for refugee and migrant children

Council of Europe 2 July 2020 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek, is launching the handbook “Family reunification for refugee and migrant children - standards and promising practices”. The handbook focuses on the reunification of families with children,...

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Revised European Prison Rules: new guidance to prison services on humane treatment of inmates

Council of Europe 02 July 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a Recommendation which updates the 2006 European Prison Rules. The rules, which contain the key legal standards and principles related to prison management, staff and treatment of detainees and are a global reference in this field,...

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Sexual violence against children is an ongoing pandemic: 10th anniversary of Lanzarote Convention

Council of Europe 1 July 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Convention for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (known as the “Lanzarote Convention”) celebrates its 10th anniversary since entering into force. “It is quite common these days to wish each other to ‘keep safe’. But millions of...

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Schools should include Roma and Traveller history in teaching curricula

Council of Europe 01 July 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation that for the first time ever calls on its 47 member states to include the history of Roma and/or Travellers (*) in school curricula and teaching materials. An effective tool to combat hatred, discrimination and prejudice,...

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How should judges respond to Covid-19 challenges and what lessons should they learn?

Consultative Council of European judges (CCJE) 30 June 2020 Strasbourg

According to the Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European judges (CCJE), the main challenge posed by the pandemic has been to ensure that the public health emergency is not used as a pretext for human rights infringements and that new legal measures are applied with strict respect for...

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Right to equal pay: European Committee of Social Rights finds violations in 14 countries

European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) 29 June 2020 Strasbourg

The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has found violations of the right to equal pay and the right to equal opportunities in the workplace in 14 out of 15 countries which apply the European Social Charter’s collective complaints procedure: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech...

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Election of the Deputy Secretary General: the Committee of Ministers submits candidatures to the Parliamentary Assembly

Committee of Ministers 26 June 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers has decided to submit two candidatures to the Parliamentary Assembly, for the forthcoming election to the post of Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The candidatures are the following, in alphabetic order (the names of the sponsoring governments are in...

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: detainees need protection from Covid-19

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 26 June 2020 Strasbourg

To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, held every year on 26 June, Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), and Malcolm Evans, Chair of the United Nations Subcommittee on...

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: facing COVID19 challenges

Pompidou Group 25 June 2020 Strasbourg

“Drug policies must save lives and protect people, not stigmatise.” says João Castel-Branco Goulão on behalf of the Pompidou Group’s Portuguese Presidency, to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June). “As new infections with COVID-19 are massively increasing...

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Moldova should ratify the Istanbul Convention, improve its response to hate speech

Commissioner for Human Rights 25 June 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, has published a report on her visit to the Republic of Moldova in March this year – which included travel to Comrat (Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia) and Tiraspol – with recommendations on violence against women and...

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Webinar on human rights of intersex people

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit 25 June 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit is to mark Pride week on June 30th with an in-depth webinar on the human rights of intersex people, its first on the theme since its mandate was extended to include them, earlier this year. Discussions will focus on a study...

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Human rights in biomedicine post-COVID-19: action plan 2020-2025

Bioethics Committee 24 June 2020 Strasbourg

The Bioethics Committee has launched its new action plan on human rights and biomedical technologies. Governance of technologies, equity in health care and physical and mental integrity are at the heart of this five-year strategy. “While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating,...

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Secretary General: “The constitutional crisis in Armenia can be solved with the Venice Commission’s guidance”

Secretary General 22 June 2020 Strasbourg

“The Opinion of the Venice Commission adopted on 19 June and made public today makes it possible to solve the problems that have been at the centre of the constitutional crisis between the Armenian National Assembly and the Constitutional Court", said Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of...

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Rapporteurs regret Latvia missed opportunity to adopt territorial reform in full conformity with the Congress Charter

Congress 19 June 2020 Strasbourg

In reaction to the recent enactment of the administrative territorial reform by the Saeima, the Congress rapporteurs on Latvia, Xavier Cadoret, France (L, SOC/G/PD), President of the Chamber of Local Authorities, and Marc Cools, Belgium (L, ILDG), expressed disappointment and concern about the...

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Pushbacks and border violence against refugees must end

Commissioner for Human Rights 19 June 2020 Strasbourg

“On 20 June, World Refugee Day will spotlight the hardship that refugees endure. I pay tribute to the resilience of refugees and reiterate the call to protect them and uphold their rights”, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, ahead of World Refugee...

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New guide to international protection for victims of trafficking

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 19 June 2020 Strasbourg

Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published a new guide on the entitlement of victims of trafficking, and people at risk of being trafficked, to international protection. The guide is intended to help national...

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Alternatives to immigration detention: Council of Europe and UNHCR launch new course

Council of Europe 19 June 2020 Strasbourg

Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Council of Europe is launching a HELP/UNHCR free online course on Alternatives to Immigration Detention with the aim of supporting legal and other professionals working on migration. While the interest in managing migration without depriving people of...

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Venice Commission adopts opinions on Armenia, Kosovo*, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Russia and Turkey

Venice Commission 17 June 2020 Strasbourg

The Venice Commission is adopting a number of opinions through a written procedure on 18-19 June, in a replacement of the meeting of 123rd plenary session in Venice, that will not take place due to the continued COVID-19 concerns. The following opinions are to be adopted by a written procedure: ...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Congress President welcomes significant developments paving the way for Mostar local elections

Congress 18 June 2020 Strasbourg

Welcoming the signatures between party leaders Bakir Izetbegović (SDA) and Dragan Čović (HDZ) who, last night, signed two agreements aimed at reinstating free and democratic suffrage in Mostar, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Anders Knape,...

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