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Environment and Human Rights: Georgian Presidency calls for modern legal standards and tools

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 27 February 2020 Strasbourg

In a declaration made today in Strasbourg at a conference on environmental protection and human rights, the Georgian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers called to review the relevant Council of Europe legal arsenal and complement it by adopting a recommendation and a strategy in this field....

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Migration and refugees: Council of Europe presents achievements and sets new objectives

Special Representative on Migration and Refugees 27 February 2020 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe takes stock of achievements and sets out new objectives for protecting vulnerable migrants and refugees, including children. “The Council of Europe will continue to play a key role in the protection and promotion of human rights of the most...

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Ultra-nationalism, anti-semitism, anti-Muslim hatred: Anti-racism commission raises alarm over situation in Europe

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 27 February 2020 Strasbourg

Increasing influence of ultra-nationalistic and xenophobic politics across Europe, hate speech setting the tone in social media, rampant anti-semitism and anti-Muslim hatred, as well as an increasingly hostile environment for NGOs working with vulnerable groups - these alarming trends and new...

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Environment and human rights: towards a right to a healthy environment?

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 20 February 2020 Strasbourg

In response to the threats to climate and biodiversity, the Georgian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will organise a conference on Thursday 27 February in Strasbourg on the protection of the environment from a human rights perspective. The conference, which...

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Statement by David Zalkaliani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia and President of the Committee of Ministers

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 26 February 2020 Strasbourg

“This year marks the 6th anniversary of the illegal annexation of the autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, and the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. In my capacity as President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, I...

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Secretary General tells UN Human Rights Council: “You can rely on our support”

Secretary General 25 February 2020 Geneva

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has assured the United Nations Human Rights Council that it can count on the Council of Europe’s support across a wide range of sectors. Speaking in Geneva at the UN body’s 43rd session, the Secretary General underlined the importance of close cooperation...

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Osman Kavala ruling in Turkey: Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić's letter to Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül

Secretary General 22 February 2020 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić's letter to Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül, sharing her concerns about Osman Kavala’s re-arrest and the investigation against the Istanbul judges who delivered the verdict of acquittal in favour of Kavala.

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Congress President Anders Knape on official visit to Georgia

President of the Congress 21 February 2020

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Anders Knape, will pay an official visit to Georgia from 22 to 25 February 2020, organised in the framework of the Georgian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Accompanied by Congress Secretary...

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Secretary General expresses condolences after deadly shootings in Hanau

Secretary General 20 February 2020 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić: I am shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible events in Hanau, Germany. I join my German friends and colleagues in their sorrow for the victims and their families. I wish the injured a swift recovery.

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Turkish authorities must restore judicial independence and stop targeting and silencing human rights defenders

Commissioner for Human Rights 19 February 2020 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, calls on the Turkish authorities to restore judicial independence and stop the practice of targeting human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists and silencing them by using administrative and...

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Osman Kavala ruling in Turkey: Reaction from the Council of Europe Secretary General

Secretary General 18 February 2020 Strasbourg

In response to today’s ruling from a court in Istanbul relating to the Taksim Square protests in 2013, the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, said: “We welcome today’s ruling from the court in Istanbul ordering Osman Kavala to be released, in line with...

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Slovenia: GRECO considers whether parliamentary inquiry into judiciary interferes with separation of powers

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 18 February 2020 Strasbourg

In a new ad hoc report on Slovenia the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group GRECO did not rule out that parliamentary inquiries, if directed towards the judiciary in ongoing individual cases, may potentially interfere with the separation of powers and respect for judicial independence....

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Monaco: insufficient anti-corruption progress says expert report

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 17 February 2020 Strasbourg

In a new report on the prevention of corruption of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors in Monaco the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO regrets the low level of implementation of its recommendations (two out of sixteen). As far as parliamentarians are concerned, GRECO notes that...

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Protecting human rights in biomedicine, 2020-2025

Committee of Ministers 12 February 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today supported a new five-year strategic action plan, presented by the Committee on Bioethics, on human rights and technologies in biomedicine. Designed to protect human dignity, human rights and individual freedoms with regard to the...

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Towards a recommendation to ban the trade in goods used for torture and the death penalty

Committee of Ministers 12 February 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers has given its green light to the preparation of a recommendation concerning the trade in goods used for torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the death penalty. The Committee of Ministers draws on a feasibility study, prepared by the...

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Human Trafficking: Monaco should raise awareness, train professionals, with focus on victims’ rights

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 12 February 2020 Strasbourg

A new report welcomes anti-trafficking moves taken by authorities in Monaco, but also calls on them to adopt legal and practical measures aimed at respecting the human rights of the victims. Although no victims of trafficking have been identified to date in Monaco, the Council of Europe’s Group...

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Czech Republic should improve identification and compensation of victims of trafficking

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 11 February 2020 Strasbourg

The Czech Republic has taken important steps to combat trafficking in human beings, but improvements are needed through legislative, policy and practical measures, notably in respect of the identification, protection and compensation of victims, as well as the effectiveness of investigations and...

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Safer Internet Day: we’ve joined the campaign for a safer, better Internet

Council of Europe 10 February 2020 Strasbourg

Imagine you find yourself in a world of infinite possibilities, a world with new friends to be found, new games to play and new ideas to explore. But how can you be sure you’re safe, how can you trust people you can't see, how do you know what you're learning is true? How can the Internet be...

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Secretary General: countries and international organisations must work together to tackle today’s challenges

Secretary General 6 February 2020 Brussels

On her first working visit to the European Union institutions as Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić has underlined the importance of countries and international organisations working together to tackle modern-day challenges. Speaking to the EU’s Political and...

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Council of Europe strengthens cooperation with internet sector

Council of Europe 6 February 2020 Strasbourg

Five new companies and business associations today joined the Council of Europe Partnership with the IT sector aimed at promoting respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law on the internet: the artificial intelligence software provider Element AI, the International Communications...

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