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Seventy years of the Council of Europe – a website to explore our European story

Council of Europe 18 January 2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe is launching its 70th anniversary website – a place to explore our history, understand our mission and learn how our work is as important now as it ever was. Initally in English, a French version will follow soon. Join us every month for a new video to see how the...

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Norway should improve the situation for prisoners in solitary confinement

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 17 January 2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report on a visit to Norway carried out in spring 2018. During its visit, the CPT examined the situation of persons deprived of their liberty in police...

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Winter Session: Finnish President to address the Assembly

Parliamentary assembly 17 January 2019 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) in Strasbourg (21-25 January 2019), the President of Finland will deliver a speech. In addition, the Finnish Foreign Minister will present the Communication from the Committee of Ministers and the Organisation’s Secretary...

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Concrete achievements in 2018 to ensure the protection of refugee and migrant children

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 17 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Special Representative is taking stock on concrete results achieved in 2018 in the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan on protecting migrant and refugee children in Europe (2017-2019). Today, he publishes a visual presentation of all actions achieved so far in protecting...

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Secretary General visits Vatican for audience with Pope Francis

Secretary General 16 January 2019 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will be in Vatican City on Thursday on an official visit to the Holy See for an audience with Pope Francis. Meetings are scheduled with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and other members of the Curia. The...

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Artificial intelligence in judicial systems

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice 16 January 2019 Brussels

Brussels presentation of the first European guidelines

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Russia boasts rich diversity of national minorities, but education policies, restrictive legislation undermine the exercise of their rights

Council of Europe 15 January 2019 Strasbourg

Society in Russia is characterised by a climate of appreciation for ethnic diversity; the immense variety of ethnic groups, languages and religions is perceived as an asset; progress has been observed in residency registration and in the field of minority media. However, the official rhetoric...

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Thorbjørn Jagland statement following the death of Paweł Adamowicz

Secretary General 14 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has made the following statement in reaction to the death of Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz: “I am deeply saddened to learn that the Mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, has died following the horrendous knife attack at a...

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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2019: call for nominations

Parliamentary Assembly 14 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, has today issued a call for nominations for the 2019 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. The Prize, created in 2013, aims to reward outstanding civil society action...

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Statement by the President of the Congress: “All European Democrats are in mourning after the death of the Mayor of Gdańsk.”

Congress 14 January 2019 Strasbourg

"I have been shaken and deeply shocked by the assassination of Paweł Adamowicz, the mayor of the city of Gdańsk, who was stabbed on Sunday night in front of thousands at a charity concert and who has just succumbed to his injuries. On behalf of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and...

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Demonstrations in France – Council of Europe condemns attacks on journalists

Secretary General 14 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today condemned in the strongest possible terms the threats and attacks against journalists at recent demonstrations by the “yellow vest” protesters in France, noting that working conditions for the press have been steadily...

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Election of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe: Candidatures received

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 11 January 2019 Strasbourg

At the expiry of the deadline for member States to propose candidates for the election of the next Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the following candidatures have been received by the Chair of the Committee of Ministers: Mr Didier REYNDERS, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign...

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Tackling ill-treatment by police in Greece

Council of Europe 9 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the Greek authorities are organising a round table event on professional policing and how to prevent torture and other forms of ill-treatment in Athens on 10 and 11 January. The event, which is the first of its kind, aims to help bring Greek laws and practices into line...

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Lithuania should improve legislation, prevent discrimination at school and promote the social inclusion of Roma

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 8 January 2019 Strasbourg

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities today urged the Lithuanian authorities to adopt a comprehensive legal framework, prevent discrimination against students from minority language schools and address negative stereotypes against Roma. In...

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Winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly

Parliamentary Assembly 7 January 2019 Strasbourg

At its winter session in Strasbourg (21-25 January 2019), PACE will hold a joint debate on public service media in the context of disinformation and propaganda and media freedom as a condition for democratic elections. It will also discuss Internet governance and human rights. On 22 January, the...

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Council of Europe Bank loan to Nuremberg for education and refugee integration

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 19 December 2018 Nuremberg

The governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) Dr Rolf Wenzel and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees, Ambassador Tomáš Boček, are taking part in a signing ceremony in Nuremberg today, between the CEB and the city of Nuremberg, of a...

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Children in migration must be informed about their rights

Council of Europe 18 December 2018 Strasbourg

Children in migration have the right to be informed about their rights. Such information is crucial for having their voice heard and enabling them to participate in procedures affecting them. These children, despite being one of the most vulnerable groups in Europe today, face barriers in access...

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Paris Principles at 25: Strong National Human Rights Institutions Needed More Than Ever

Commissioner for Human Rights 18 December 2018 Strasbourg

“25 years after the international community first formally embraced the idea of creating national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights through the endorsement of the Paris Principles, it is obvious that independent and effective national human rights institutions are...

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International Migrants Day

Intercultural Cities programme (ICC) 18 December 2018 Strasbourg

Mayors of intercultural cities programme join voices for inclusion and diversity

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Albania should step up its efforts to combat money laundering

MONEYVAL 17 December 2018 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe anti money laundering body MONEYVAL calls on the Albanian authorities to step up their efforts in pursuing launderers and confiscating their assets connected to significant proceeds-generating offences, and in tackling terrorist financing related...

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