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Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa: ‘The Council of Europe's pan-European heritage must be preserved’

Parliamentary Assembly Session 26 June 2019 Strasbourg

“Portugal has owed the Council of Europe a permanent inspiration since 1976, on which our democratic consensus has largely been based, which requires a long-term commitment, a permanent requirement of institutions and citizens,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, speaking today...

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It is time to end coercion in mental health

Parliamentary Assembly Session 26 June 2019 Strasbourg

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly’s debate on “Ending coercion in mental health: the need for a human rights-based approach”, the Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović delivered the following statement today: "It is a great pleasure to address the Parliamentary Assembly on a subject...

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Istanbul Convention: Assembly welcomes positive impact and urges states to implement it

Parliamentary Assembly Session 25 June 2019 Strasbourg

PACE today reaffirmed “its firm support” for the Istanbul Convention, “the most advanced and comprehensive international legal instrument on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence”. According to the Assembly, this Convention – entered into force on 1 August 2014,...

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Public perceptions of low corruption levels may be misleading

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 25 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) today warned that public perceptions of low levels of corruption in certain countries may lead to underestimating the need for measures to combat corrupt practices. GRECO also expressed concern about the overall slow progress in implementing...

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PACE affirms its members’ rights ‘to vote, to speak and to be represented in the Assembly and its bodies’

PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY SESSION 25 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided that its members’ “rights to vote, to speak and to be represented in the Assembly and its bodies shall not be suspended or withdrawn in the context of a challenge to or reconsideration of credentials”. In a resolution based on...

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Montenegro: positive changes to religious property rights but more clarity needed

Venice Commission 24 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Venice Commission in its opinion published today welcomes “genuine efforts” of the Montenegrin authorities to replace the 1977 Law on legal position of religious communities with a new modern Law on freedom of religion and beliefs. The Council of Europe legal experts welcome that the draft...

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Amélie de Montchalin: ‘We must preserve the pan-European dimension of the Council of Europe’

Parliamentary Assembly session 24 June 2019 Strasbourg

“As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, we can measure the progress made since 1949 and the fact that this organisation is more essential than ever to promote our common values and foster economic and social progress on our continent,” said Amélie de Montchalin, French...

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'We must shoulder our responsibilities to defend the common interests of all Europeans'

Parliamentary Assembly session 24 June 2019 Strasbourg

“The part-session which we are starting today is taking place in extraordinary circumstances. Our Organisation is going through a crisis which has serious implications for the European human rights protection system and for the stability and sustainability of our own institutions,” the PACE...

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Istanbul mayoral vote: well-organised and transparent under tense circumstances

Congress 24 June 2019 Istanbul, Turkey

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, led by Andrew Dawson (United Kingdom, CRE), Rapporteur and Head of the delegation, observed the re-run of the mayoral election in Istanbul on 23 June 2019. At the invitation of the Turkish authorities, 14...

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Parliamentary Assembly Summer Session

Parliamentary Assembly Session 21 June 2019 Strasbourg

A debate on the decision-making process of the Assembly concerning credentials and voting will be a highlight of the Summer session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), which takes place in Strasbourg from 24 to 28 June. During the session, which marks the 70th anniversary of...

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Strengthening academic cooperation with Turkey

Council of Europe 21 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has addressed with the Turkish partners the prospects for enhanced academic cooperation on the Council of Europe's conventions. Professor Michele Nicoletti, former President of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly and coordinator of the feasibility study for...

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Better police training to deter anti-Roma hate crimes

Roma and Travellers 21 June 2019 Strasbourg

A Council of Europe conference in Odessa (Ukraine) from 24-25 June brings together representatives from police forces of Moldova, Slovakia and Ukraine to discuss hate crimes against Roma people in the three countries and how to better prevent such crimes. The two-day meeting will be held in the...

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Moldova: dissolution of parliament did not meet required conditions

Venice Commission 21 June 2019 Venice

In an opinion adopted today, the Council of Europe’s constitutional law experts, the Venice Commission, found that the conditions for the dissolution of parliament clearly did not exist in the Republic of Moldova on 7 or 8 June 2019. The Venice Commission considers that the Constitutional Court...

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Lithuania: more needs to be done to combat human trafficking

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 21 June 2019 Strasbourg

Lithuania has made progress in tackling human trafficking in recent years, but improvements are needed to prevent trafficking for labour exploitation, protect children from trafficking and provide victims with assistance, accommodation, health care and access to compensation. These are among the...

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New reports on minority and regional languages in Czech Republic and Hungary

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 21 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of the Council of Europe has published reports on the situation with regional and minority languages in Hungary and Czech Republic. In the report on the Czech Republic, the Committee notes that progress has been...

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Combating human trafficking in Germany

Expert body on trafficking in human beings (GRETA) 20 June 2019 Strasbourg

In a new report published today, the Council of Europe expert body on trafficking in human beings (GRETA) praises Germany for having significantly evolved its national legal framework against human trafficking since the first evaluation of the implementation of the Convention on Action against...

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Re-run of mayoral election in Istanbul: Congress sends international observers

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 20 June 2019 Strasbourg

Following the decision taken on 6 May by the Turkish Supreme Election Council to cancel the 31 March election of the Mayor of Istanbul, a delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will observe the re-run of the mayoral election on 23 June 2019, at the...

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Ireland : concerns over Roma and Travellers

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 20 June 2019 Strasbourg

Irish society has demonstrated increasing levels of tolerance in recent years, but national strategies or actions plans on key issues – such as the integration of Travellers and Roma communities – suffer from a lack of clear and concrete implementation plans. Furthermore, Traveller communities in...

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Refugees and diverse societies, which policies for the intercultural city?

Intercultural cities programme (ICC) 20 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Intercultural Cities (ICC) programme has launched a series of didactic and awareness videos addressing local governments wishing to evolve as intercultural municipalities. The videos give insights on how to adapt cities’ institutions and services to the needs of a diverse population by...

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Death penalty in Belarus : execution condemned

Committee of Ministers 19 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers deeply deplores the execution of Mr Alyaksandr Zhylnikau, announced on 13 June 2019. It calls on the Belarussian authorities not to carry out the execution of Mr Vyachaslau Sukharko, condemned for the same crime as Mr Alyakasandr Zhylnikau. The Committee of Ministers...

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