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Turkish train crash : Council of Europe extends condolences and solidarity

Secretary General 13 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has expressed its sadness and solidarity with Turkey concerning those killed and injured in the train crash in Ankara. Secretary General Jagland has written a letter of condolence to President Erdogan. Letter to the President of the Turkish Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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European states must respond to school violence based on sexual orientation - new CoE/UNESCO report

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 13 December 2018 Strasbourg

Violence at schools based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or sex characteristics occurs everywhere in Europe and is acutely underreported. The efforts of the European education authorities to address the problem must be stepped up in order to create safe environment for...

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GRECO: Italy should speed up reforms to prevent corruption among MPs, judges and prosecutors

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 13 December 2018 Strasbourg

In a report publish today, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) concludes that Italy has made progress to prevent corruption in respect of the judiciary, but significantly more is still needed to comply with all its recommendations, in particular those concerning...

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CPT calls on the Republic of Moldova to put an end to informal power structures among prisoners

Anti-torture committee (CPT) 13 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Republic of Moldova should take determined action to eradicate informal prisoner hierarchies in prisons, which expose inmates to intimidation and inter-prisoner violence, says the Council of Europe anti-torture committee (CPT) in a report published today. The CPT visited the country from 5 to...

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Adoption of a new recommendation for better governance in sport

Committee of Ministers 12 December 2018 Strasbourg

How to promote good governance in sport? In a Recommendation adopted today, the Committee of Ministers invites European governments to take measures, aimed in particular at better fighting corruption in sport. In order to foster a culture of good governance at all levels, the 47 member States of...

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Terrorist attack in Strasbourg

Secretary General 12 December 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Shooting at the Strasbourg Christmas Market

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 12 December 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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Special Representative on migration and refugees supports UN Global Compact at conference in Morocco

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) 10 December 2018 Strasbourg

On 10-11 December 2018, in Marrakech, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomáš Boček, is representing the Council of Europe at the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The...

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Preview exhibition “Human rights – still some way to go”

Commissioner for Human Rights 10 December 2018 Paris

Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Cartooning for Peace present a preview of the exhibition “Human rights – still some way to go”

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The Council of Europe calls on Switzerland to further strengthen the rights of national minorities and to combat hate speech

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 10 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has called on the Swiss authorities to do more to protect the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, at a time when there is a growing intolerance, including in political discourse and on...

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Human Rights Day 10 December 2018

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 10 December 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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International Anti-Corruption Day

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 7 December 2018 Strasbourg

“We must never lower our guard in fighting corruption”, said Marin Mrčela, President of the Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO), ahead of the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December. “Perception of low levels of corruption must not lead to complacency. No...

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Secretary General backs UN migration pact

Secretary General 7 December 2018 Strasbourg

“The human rights of refugee and migrant children deserve special protection,” says Thorbjørn Jagland

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 7 December 2018 Strasbourg

The latest case-by-case decisions on the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The committee adopted 37 decisions concerning 20 member states at the end of its quarterly human rights...

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North-South Prize 2018 honours fight to end female genital mutilation and to promote sustainable cities

North-South Centre 6 December 2018 Lisbon

Jaha Mapenzi Dukureh, founder and CEO of the Non-Governmental organisation “Safe Hands for Girls”, and Damien Carême, Mayor of Grande-Synthe, are the laureates of the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe 2018. Through “Safe Hands for Girls”, Jaha Dukureh provides support to African women...

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States’ duty to protect human rights defenders

Commissioner for Human Rights 6 December 2018 Strasbourg

Ahead of Human Rights Day, Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, calls on member states to halt the attacks against human rights defenders and improve their safety and working environment. “In spite of an international declaration and clear standards protecting the...

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Anti-torture committee welcomes improvements in Northern Ireland

Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) 6 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has welcomed recent improvements in various places of detention in Northern Ireland, whilst underlining that further progress is needed in certain areas. In a report published today, the committee highlighted the “enormous...

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Governments and sports bodies to analyse corruption in sport

Deputy Secretary General 5 December 2018 London

From fraud to bribery, from illegal betting to doping, from match-fixing to money laundering: Corruption in Sport is a global phenomenon threatening the integrity of the overall industry and posing a major challenge for today’s societies. The International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 4 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is holding its quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 4 to 6 December. Decisions taken by the committee will be published on the Council of Europe website as...

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Misuse of anti-terror legislation threatens freedom of expression

Commissioner for Human Rights 4 December 2018 Strasbourg

“When terrorism spreads, states are often tempted to restrict fundamental freedoms for the sake of fighting it and preventing further attacks”, says Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in her Human Rights Comment published today. “Terrorism constitutes a serious...

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