Reconciliation stalled in the Western Balkans

Commissioner for Human Rights 21 November 2017 Strasbourg

“After having visited all the countries of the Western Balkans, I am concerned that reconciliation has stalled and is being superceded by mounting ethnic divisions and polarisation in the region”, says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights...

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Poland: progress made against human trafficking, but labour exploitation not sufficiently addressed

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 17 November 2017 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking expert group (GRETA) assesses developments since the publication of GRETA’s first evaluation report on Poland in May 2013 on the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human...

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Protecting children from sexual risks online: Council of Europe experts offer quick tips to parents

Council of Europe 17 November 2017 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European Day to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, marked on the 18th of November, the Council of Europe has published a series of online video tutorials to protect children from the new risks of sexual nature they encounter online, and help them safely...

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Lifeline for volunteers helping refugees and migrants

Council of Europe 17 November 2017 Strasbourg

Tens of thousands of volunteers across Europe who are struggling to teach their language and culture to new refugees and migrants have been offered a lifeline. At last, free teaching materials adapted to refugees’ special needs have been developed and are being launched online by the Council of...

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Secretary General Jagland attends Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth

Secretary General 17 November 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is attending a major European Summit to promote fair jobs and growth. The Social Summit is taking place on Friday 17 November in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is jointly organised by the European Commission and the Swedish government. The summit was...

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Anti-torture committee issues a report on Spain

CPT 16 November 2017 Strasbourg

Anti-torture committee acknowledges some positive steps in Spain, but calls for ending fixation in prisons and juvenile centres

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GRETA report on Belgium: the authorities asked to improve the identification of child trafficking victims

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 16 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its second evaluation report on Belgium. The report assesses developments since the publication of GRETA’s first evaluation report on Belgium in September 2013 as regards the...

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CPT signs monitoring agreement with International Criminal Court

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 16 November 2017 Strasbourg

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has concluded an Exchange of Letters with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to monitor the treatment of persons sentenced by the Court. Under the terms of the Exchange of...

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Committee of Ministers: the Czech Republic hands over chairmanship to Denmark

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 15 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today passed from the Czech Republic to Denmark, at a meeting at the Organisation's Strasbourg headquarters, attended by representatives of its 47 member States. Before handing over the chairmanship to his successor, the...

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MONEYVAL publishes a report on Andorra

Moneyval 14 November 2017 Strasbourg

MONEYVAL welcomes reforms in Andorra to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, but calls for some improvements

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Eastern Partnership: Council of Europe and EU present joint project results

Council of Europe 14 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Union have presented results for their joint projects in the six Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. The projects, conducted under the Partnership for Good Governance initiative, were aimed...

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Malta should step up efforts to enhance protection of women’s and migrants’ rights

Commissioner for Human Rights 10 November 2017 Valletta

“I welcome the government’s efforts to combat domestic violence in Malta. The transposition into domestic law of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, currently debated in parliament, is a decisive step forward. However, more...

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Council of Europe Democracy Innovation Award goes to Russian investigative newspaper The Insider

World Forum for Democracy 10 November 2017 Strasbourg

Today, at the closing session of the World Forum for Democracy, the Council of Europe announced that the winner of its Democracy Innovation Award was the initiative The Insider. The Insider is an investigative newspaper that seeks to provide its readers with information about the current...

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Council of Europe partners with leading technology companies to promote respect for human rights

Council of Europe 8 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will strengthen its co-operation with the private sector in order to promote an open and safe internet, where human rights, democracy, and the rule of law are respected. Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland signed the agreement – in the form of an exchange...

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Preventing corruption in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors – Conference in Prague

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 8 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic are organising a conference in Prague on 9 and 10 November to discuss stepping up the implementation of measures to prevent corruption in respect of Members of Parliament, judges...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities should spare no effort to build a truly cohesive society and effectively protect media freedom

Commissioner for Human Rights 7 November 2017 Strasbourg

“The authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina should lay the foundations for a more cohesive society by tackling the disruptive legacy of the war. It is particularly crucial to step up the prosecution of wartime crimes and uphold the human rights of all civilian war victims, especially internally...

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PEN International joins Council of Europe platform to protect journalists

Council of Europe 6 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Executive Director of PEN International, Carles Torner, today signed the agreement to join the Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists with the Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. The platform allows trusted media freedom organisations to...

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Council of Europe pledge to promote gender equality for Roma and Traveller women in politics

Council of Europe 6 November 2017 Strasbourg

Participants attending a Council of Europe conference on Roma and Travellers are pledging to promote gender equality for Roma and Traveller women in politics. The Council of Europe pledge takes into account that electoral quotas are often an effective means of achieving significant, rapid...

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European Conference of Judges "Judicial Integrity and Corruption"

Consultative Council of European Judges 6 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland will open the European Conference of Judges: "Judicial Integrity and Corruption", to be held at the Council of Europe on 7 November 2017. This conference, organised by the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) will allow to...

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Andorra should improve measures to prevent corruption in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors - GRECO report

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 2 November 2017 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) concludes that Andorra’s framework to prevent corruption amongst members of parliament, judges and prosecutors is generally satisfactory, but calls for a number of improvements. GRECO welcomes Andorra’s efforts to...

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