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Summer Session: Croatian and Slovak Prime Ministers to address PACE

Parliamentary Assembly 22 June 2018 Strasbourg

PACE is scheduled to elect its new President at its summer session in Strasbourg (25-29 June 2018). VIPs to address members include the Croatian and Slovak Prime Ministers as well as the Luxembourg Foreign Minister. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of...

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Hungary: “Stop Soros” provision on illegal migration should be repealed as it seriously impairs legitimate NGO work, say Venice Commission legal experts

Venice Commission 22 June 2018 Strasbourg

An opinion adopted today by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission criticises a key provision on illegal migration of the so-called “Stop Soros” legislation that the Hungarian Parliament adopted this week. The new provision – Article 353A of the Criminal Code – introduces the offence of...

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Poland: Council of Europe anti-corruption group criticises weakening independence of courts and judges

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 22 June 2018 Strasbourg

Following–up on preliminary findings of March 2018, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has now re-assessed legislation passed in respect of Poland’s judiciary in 2017-18, including the new amendments to the laws on the National Council of the Judiciary, the Supreme...

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Committee for the Prevention of Torture factsheet on transport of detainees

Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) 22 June 2018 Strasbourg

CPT delegations have periodically inspected vehicles intended for the transport of detainees, mainly by road and rail. They often found that conditions were substandard or that basic safety requirements were not being met. The Committee also detected practices which merited criticism (e.g....

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Unrelenting rise in xenophobic populism, resentment, hate speech in Europe in 2017

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 22 June 2018 Strasbourg

Xenophobic populism and hate speech have continued to be on the rise in 2017, with high levels of migration and challenges of integration, religious extremism, terrorist attacks and the austerity-driven socio-economic climate observed all over Europe, says the annual report of the European...

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Data protection: conference on the modernisation of “Convention 108”

Council of Europe 21 June 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is organising a conference in Strasbourg on 21 June to discuss the implications for data protection globally of the recently adopted modernisation of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, known as “Convention...

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Anti-torture Committee publishes critical report on police ill-treatment in Serbia and the outdated treatment of remand prisoners

Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) 21 June 2018 Strasbourg

The Serbian authorities must recognise that ill-treatment by the police is an accepted practice, and not the work of a few rogue officers; they must effectively investigate the allegations of ill-treatment and punish the crime, said the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) in the...

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The UK ratifies the Lanzarote Convention to protect children against sexual violence

Council of Europe 20 June 2018 Strasbourg

The United Kingdom has formally ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, known as the Lanzarote Convention. The convention is a legally-binding treaty which obliges countries to take a wide range of steps to help prevent...

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Human trafficking: Spain achieved progress, but further action needed against trafficking for labour exploitation

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 20 June 2018 Strasbourg

Spain has made progress in developing the legislative, institutional and policy framework against trafficking in human beings. However, improvements are needed in a number of areas, in particular more efforts are required to tackle trafficking for labour exploitation, says the Council of Europe’s...

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Refugee today – citizen tomorrow?

Council of Europe 20 June 2018 Strasbourg

There is a voice which is rarely heard in the deeply divisive debate about refugee policies – the voice of cities. Listening to cities can not only make the debate more constructive, it can also help shape policies which reconcile solidarity and societal cohesion. Most asylum-seekers and refugees...

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Cabo Verde joins the data protection and cybercrime conventions

Council of Europe 19 June 2018 Strasbourg

Cabo Verde today acceded to the Council of Europe´s Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, known as “Convention 108”, to its Additional Protocol on transborder data flows and supervisory authorities, and to the Convention on Cybercrime....

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Secretary General Jagland to meet Russian President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov in Moscow

Secretary General 19 June 2018 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland will meet President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss current relations between Russia and the Council of Europe. Mr Jagland will also meet Russian Ombudsperson Moskalkova. Contact: daniel.holtgen@coe.int

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“Stop Soros” legislation in Hungary: Venice Commission president asks Hungarian parliament not to proceed with vote before its opinion on the matter is adopted

Venice Commission 19 June 2018 Strasbourg

Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio met with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Monday 18 June in Strasbourg at the Council of Europe to discuss the upcoming opinion on new “Stop Soros” legislative provisions. President Buquicchio called on the Hungarian Parliament not to...

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Croatian Chairmanship underlines the importance of dialogue with national minority representatives and the competent institutions in advancing national minority rights

Council of Europe 19 June 2018 Strasbourg

Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe opened a conference entitled “Minorities and Minority Languages in a Changing Europe” in...

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EURIMAGES Gender Equality Outreach event in Canada

EURIMAGES 18 June 2018 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 151st Board of Management meeting in Montréal, EURIMAGES will renew its commitment to gender equality through an international outreach event (Cinémathèque québecoise, 7pm), organised in co-operation with Telefilm Canada: a panel discussion with Canadian female film-makers,...

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Improving the management of prison and probation services – Jõhvi conference

Council of Europe 18 June 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s annual Conference of Directors of Prisons and Probation Services, to be held in Jõhvi (Estonia) on 19 and 20 June, will explore ways to improve the management of prisons and probation services, and the co-operation between them. Held under the theme “Working together...

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Greece ratifies the Istanbul Convention

Treaty Office 18 June 2018 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, in the presence of Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ambassador Stelios Perrakis, Permanent Representative of Greece to the Council of Europe, deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and...

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Estonia: human rights should steer policies for women, older persons, minorities

Commissioner for Human Rights 15 June 2018 Tallinn

“Estonia has been developing at a fast pace, but some people in the country risk being left behind. To achieve a more inclusive society, Estonia should combat discrimination and abuses against older persons, tackle the gender pay gap and violence against women, and devote more efforts to building...

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Conference “National Minorities and Minority Languages in a changing Europe” in Strasbourg next week

Council of Europe 14 June 2018 Strasbourg

A high-level conference “Minorities and Minority Languages in a Changing Europe” will be held in Strasbourg on 18-19 June on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or...

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Impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe 14 June 2018 Strasbourg

Council of Europe launches new information resource

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