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Five nominations for the child sexual abuse film “Les Chatouilles” in the Césars French film award

Children's Rights Division 22 February 2019 Strasbourg

The film “Les Chatouilles” (co-directed by Andréa Bescon and Eric Métayer) has been nominated for 5 categories of the French Césars Award contest: best first film, best actress and best actor in a supporting role, best adaptation and best editing. The winners will be announced at the award...

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The Netherlands needs to enhance measures to preserve integrity in the government and in the police

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 22 February 2019 Strasbourg

In an evaluation report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) called for measures to prevent corruption in the Netherlands in respect of persons entrusted with top executive functions, including ministers, state secretaries, political advisors; and in...

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Council of Europe Secretary General, Finnish Foreign Minister and French Justice Minister to open Helsinki AI Conference

Council of Europe 21 February 2019 Strasbourg

Council of Europe's Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Timo Soini and the Minister of Justice of France Nicole Belloubet will open the High-Level Conference: “Governing the Game Changer – Impacts of artificial intelligence development on human...

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Secretary General calls on Albanian opposition to remain in parliament, warns against violence

Secretary General 21 February 2019 Strasbourg

Expressing concern about the decision of the opposition to withdraw from Parliament, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland said: “In a democracy the legislature is the first instance where political issues affecting the whole country should be debated and solutions...

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Statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the anti-Semitic acts committed last night in Alsace

Secretary General 19 February 2019 Strasbourg

I unreservedly condemn the anti-Semitic, barbaric and disgusting acts of desecration of the Jewish cemetery in the Alsatian town of Quatzenheim, not far from Strasbourg, where the Council of Europe has its headquarters. I express my complete solidarity with the Jewish community, which has once...

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Greece: Anti-torture committee criticises poor treatment of detained foreign nationals

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 19 February 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) acknowledges significant on-going challenges that the Greek authorities face to deal with the high number of foreign nationals arriving in the country, but based on a...

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French student wins the European Prize for Eloquence

Council of Europe 15 February 2019 Strasbourg

The 2019 edition of the European Prize for Eloquence, the annual French-language public speaking competition, has been won by Simon Derieux-Billaud, a French student, who spoke on the theme “Can we still have dreams of Europe?”. The second prize went to Alina Marchenko (Ukraine), with Ellen...

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Ensuring the financial sustainability of quality journalism

Committee of Ministers 13 February 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has called on its 47 member states to ensure the financial sustainability of quality journalism taking into account that it is a public good and plays an essential role for individuals to be able to form and express their opinions and make informed choices about government...

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Algorithmic processes risk being used to manipulate social and political behaviours

Committee of Ministers 13 February 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has called on its 47 member states to tackle the risk that individuals may not be able to form their opinions and take decisions independently of automated systems, and that they may even be subjected to manipulation due to the use of advanced digital technologies, in...

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Safety of Journalists' Platform report: media freedom conditions worsen

Council of Europe 12 February 2019 Strasbourg

The environment for media freedom has worsened significantly in the Council of Europe area, according to a report published today by the partner organisations to the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists. The report “Democracy at Risk: threats and...

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Hungary should address many interconnected human rights protection challenges

Commissioner for Human Rights 11 February 2019 Strasbourg

Challenges include civil society space, gender equality, refugee protection and independence of the judiciary

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Statement by the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland about Tomi Ungerer

Secretary General 11 February 2019 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today expressed his deep sorrow at the news of the death of the Alsatian illustrator Tomi Ungerer. "Today we have lost a great artist, and a committed European. The values of justice and humanism for which Europe is a vehicle were...

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MONEYVAL publishes report on Czech Republic

MONEYVAL 11 February 2019 Strasbourg

Combatting money laundering in the Czech Republic: despite progress more investigations are needed, says Council of Europe report

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MONEYVAL publishes report on Lithuania

MONEYVAL 8 February 2019 Strasbourg

Lithuania should step up its efforts to strengthen its understanding of money laundering and financing of terrorism risks, says Council of Europe report

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Official visit of the Prime Minister of Spain

Council of Europe 7 February 2019 Strasbourg

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made today an official visit to the Council of Europe. Prime Minister Sánchez held meetings with Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, President of the Parliamentary Assembly Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities...

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Anti-torture committee on Montenegro: Despite some progress, ill-treatment remains a problem and must be addressed

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 7 February 2019 Strasbourg

Despite some overall improvement in the treatment of persons detained by the police in Montenegro, ill-treatment still appears widely spread and must be tackled through stricter recruitment, better training and improved oversight. In prisons, too, allegations of ill-treatment persist; the...

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National Minorities in Azerbaijan: new report published

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 4 February 2019 Strasbourg

Azerbaijani multiculturalism welcomes expressions of cultural identity, but increased restrictions on democracy, absence of legislation, inflammatory language prevent national minorities from fully exercising their rights Society in Azerbaijan is broadly characterised by a climate of...

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Australia signs the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions

Deputy Secretary General 1 February 2019 Sydney (Australia)

In the framework of Sports Diplomacy 2030 high-level event, the Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation of Australia Bridget McKenzie signed in a ceremony (Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park) with Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni the...

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Germany: Teaching and promotion of regional and minority languages needs to be improved says group of experts

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 31 January 2019 Strasbourg

In its sixth report on Germany, the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages praises steps taken to protect and promote regional or minority languages (Danish, Lower Sorbian, Upper Sorbian, North Frisian, Sater Frisian, Low German and Romani), including...

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