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Romania: little progress in corruption prevention in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 18 January 2018 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) concludes that Romania has made very limited progress to implement its recommendations to prevent and combat corruption in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. (report in French and Romanian)...

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The right of older persons to dignity and autonomy in care

Commissioner for Human Rights 18 January 2018 Strasbourg

“Older persons have exactly the same rights as everyone else, but when it comes to the implementation of these rights, they face a number of specific challenges”, says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today. “For...

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European Roma Rights Centre receives Raoul Wallenberg Prize for combating racism, rights abuse

Council of Europe 17 January 2018 Strasbourg

The Budapest-based organisation European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has received today the Raoul Wallenberg Prize of the Council of Europe for successfully challenging discrimination, anti-Romani racism and rights abuses of Roma through innovative litigation, evidence based research and policy...

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Study finds that intercultural cities have higher well-being and citizen satisfaction

Intercultural cities programme 15 January 2018 Strasbourg

Since 2008, the Council of Europe, through its flagship programme Intercultural Cities, has supported more than 120 local authorities in Europe and around the world, in designing and implementing inclusive policies and strategies for migrant and refugee integration according to the Intercultural...

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Raoul Wallenberg Prize award ceremony

Council of Europe 12 January 2018 Strasbourg

On Wednesday, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will award the Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize for extraordinary humanitarian achievements. The award ceremony will take place at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg at 1.pm on 17 January (Ante-Room of the Committee of Ministers). 17...

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FIFA and the Council of Europe to promote human rights

Secretary General 10 January 2018 Strasbourg

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met in Strasbourg today to discuss how to better promote human rights in sport. The meeting followed an exchange of views between the FIFA President at the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers....

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Spain: limited progress in measures to tackle corruption in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors

greco 3 January 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO today published a report assessing Spain’s compliance with its recommendations to prevent and combat corruption in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. Four years after the adoption of the Fourth round evaluation report in...

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Secretary General Jagland urges Bucharest to rethink reform of the judiciary

Secretary General 22 December 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has today sent a letter to the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, urging the authorities to seek the expertise of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission (European Commission for Democracy through Law) regarding the legislative reforms on the judiciary...

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Armenia: Council of Europe anti-corruption body issues a new compliance report

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 22 December 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) has published today a new report assessing the implementation by Armenia of its earlier recommendations on preventing corruption in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. GRECO concludes...

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Gender equality in employment is still a distant promise in Europe

Commissioner for Human Rights 20 December 2017 Strasbourg

End-of-the-year statement by Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks

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Statement on International Migrants Day

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees 18 December 2017 Strasbourg

Integration of migrants is Europe’s present and future opportunity

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Fake news and fractured trust

Council of Europe 18 December 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe joins UN panel at Internet Governance Forum, among other activities

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Ending the trade in instruments of torture

Parliamentary Assembly 14 December 2017 Strasbourg

“A frightening arsenal of instruments of torture are still being manufactured, sold and marketed in a number of Council of Europe member States,” Vusal Huseynov (Azerbaijan, EPP/CD) told the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, on 12 December 2017 in Paris. “Thumbcuffs, spiked batons...

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Violence against Women: Joint communiqué from OECD, Council of Europe, European Commission and UN

Deputy Secretary General 11 December 2017 Brussels

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and UN Women agreed on the global action to combat violence against women. These institutions reaffirmed today their full commitment to eliminate gender based violence and discussed...

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Venice Commission: Gianni Buquicchio re-elected president

Venice Commission 12 December 2017 Venice

In its final plenary session, on 8-9 December, the Council of Europe's European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) elected its president and vice presidents to two-year terms. Re-elected President for the fourth time in a row, Gianni Buquicchio (Italy) has presided over the...

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The Gender Equality Tour de France comes to the Council of Europe

Council of Europe 11 December 2017 Strasbourg

Live Webcast As part of the Gender Equality Tour de France, the French Minister for European Affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, and the State Secretary with responsibility for gender equality, Marlène Schiappa, will be discussing equality between men and women with 300 students and young people...

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International Human Rights Day

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 10 December 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Chair of the Committee of Ministers

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Venice Commission tackles Polish judicial reforms and Ukrainian education law, among other issues

Venice Commission 8 December 2017 Venice

In an opinion on Poland adopted today, the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (“Venice Commission”) found that the cumulative effect of proposed reforms to two laws and recently adopted amendments to a third law “puts at serious risk” the independence of “all parts” of the...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions now online

Committee of Ministers 8 December 2017 Strasbourg

The latest case-by-case decisions on the implementation of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The committee adopted 39 decisions concerning 18 member states at the end of its regular three-day meeting in...

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Strasbourg (Lobby of the Committee of Ministers, 1pm) 17 January

Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize Award ceremony

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