#MeToo: alarming levels of sexual abuse and violence found in parliaments

Parliamentary Assembly 16 October 2018 Strasbourg

A new study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) shows that acts of sexism, abuse and violence against women are widespread in parliaments across Europe. The findings reveal that 85 per cent of women MPs have suffered from...

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Secretary General Jagland on official visit to Slovakia

Secretary General 16 October 2018 Slovak Republic

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is making an official visit to the Slovak Republic on 16 and 17 October. The Secretary General is holding meetings in Bratislava with President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav...

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Turkey and Montenegro: Council of Europe experts on ending violence against women publish monitoring reports

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 15 October 2018 Strasbourg

Reports that monitor the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) by Turkey and Montenegro have been published by the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic...

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Latvia should step up efforts to integrate national minorities and combat Roma discrimination

National Minorities (FCNM) 15 October 2018 Strasbourg

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities today urged the Latvian authorities to promote integration and participation of national minorities in society and combat discrimination of the Roma. In a new Opinion assessing the progress made since...

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Protecting Human Rights and Fighting Corruption at Council of Europe Sport Ministers’ Conference in Tbilisi

Council of Europe 15 October 2018 Strasbourg

Which steps could be taken by public authorities to address human rights’ violations in the context of sport? How to support sport movement to protect and promote human rights? What are the obstacles to leading a more effective fight against corruption in the field of sport? Taking stock of...

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Combating corruption –Šibenik international conference

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 15 October 2018 Šibenik (Croatia)

The Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Justice of Croatia are organising an international conference on 15 and 16 October in Šibenik (Croatia) to discuss ways to...

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European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation 2018

Council of Europe 12 October 2018 Strasbourg

“Be ready to save lives, become a superhero! Say yes to organ, tissue and cell donation!”

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E-relevance of Culture in the Age of AI

Council of Europe 12 October 2018 Rijeka (Croatia)

Culture, Creativity and Artificial Intelligence will be discussed at an expert seminar in Rijeka, Croatia on 12-13 October 2018. The seminar “E-relevance of Culture in the Age of AI”, organised in the framework of the Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,...

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Secretary General: Russia leaving the Council of Europe would be a “huge setback” for human rights

Parliamentary Assembly Session 11 October 2018 Strasbourg

Answering a question from a PACE member relating to Russia’s continued non-payment of its budget contributions, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland warned that if Russia were to leave the organisation, its citizens would no longer have access to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHtR). Mr...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: “It is through synergy that we will succeed to strengthen democracy”

Parliamentary Assembly session 11 October 2018 Strasbourg

“We, in the Congress, and our mayors and council members, need our MPs as much as you need local and regional elected representatives to carry out successful decentralisation policies that meet the needs of our citizens”, today said Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, President of the Congress of Local and...

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Open minds are needed to improve the protection of LGBTI asylum seekers in Europe

Commissioner for Human Rights 11 October 2018 Strasbourg

“In many states around the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons face serious violations of their human rights on account of their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics”, says Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,...

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‘Pursuing a constructive dialogue between the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly’

Parliamentary Assembly Session 10 October 2018 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers is determined to pursue a constructive dialogue and close co-operation with the Assembly. It is by joining forces that we can meet current challenges and protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe,” said Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister...

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Council of Europe treaty bolstering data protection opened for signature

Council of Europe 10 October 2018 Strasbourg

Twenty-one states signed today a Council of Europe treaty aimed at strengthening the principles and rules for the protection of personal data at international level. The treaty, an Amending Protocol, updates the Council of Europe’s Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to...

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Slovenia adopts a declaration on the creation of a Children’s House for child victims of sexual abuse

Council of Europe 10 October 2018 Strasbourg/Ljubljana

Representatives of Slovenian authorities have signed and adopted the Declaration on the creation of a Barnahus (Children’s House) for child victims of sexual abuse in Slovenia. The declaration was signed by the Slovenian Minister of Justice Andreja Katič; Minister of Family, Labour, Social...

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Tunisian Foreign Minister thanks Council of Europe for its support

Parliamentary Assembly Session 9 October 2018 Strasbourg

“May I pay tribute to the Council of Europe for the precious support it has given to Tunisia in this period of democratic transition, and for its commitment to accompanying us in implementing constitutional arrangements and the process of reforming Tunisia’s institutional and legal frameworks,”...

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Jagland calls for immediate action in defence of journalists

Secretary General 9 October 2018 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement today: "Although the motives remain unclear, this week we have again witnessed a brutal murder of a journalist in a Council of Europe member State – the fourth in a year. We cannot remain passive following such an outburst of...

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European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) 2018

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 9 October 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia

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10 October: European Day against the Death Penalty

Council of Europe 9 October 2018 Strasbourg

The 47-nation Council of Europe and the 28-member European Union have published a joint declaration to mark the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October. The declaration underlines the two organisations’ strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances. “The...

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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2018 awarded to Oyub Titiev

Parliamentary Assembly session 08 October 2018 Strasbourg

The sixth Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights – has been awarded to the head of the Grozny office of the Memorial Human Rights Center in Chechyna, Oyub Titiev (Russian Federation). The prize was presented at a special...

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Council of Europe and FIFA sign Memorandum of Understanding

Council of Europe 5 October 2018 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thørbjorn Jagland and FIFA President Gianni Infantino have signed today at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the co-operation between the two institutions and further develop synergies and partnerships in areas of...

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