Arbitrary Internet blocking jeopardises freedom of expression

Commissioner for Human Rights 26 September 2017 Strasbourg

“Internet blocking is a widespread phenomenon in Council of Europe member states”, says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today. “Its impact on freedom of expression was highlighted already in 2011, when the former UN...

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Greece: Anti-torture committee criticises treatment of irregular migrants – and continued detention of migrant children

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 26 September 2017 Strasbourg

In a report on its April and July 2016 visits to Greece, published today, the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) raises concerns over the situation in the “hotspots” on the Aegean islands. It is highly critical of the...

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European Day of Languages 2017: statement from Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General 26 September 2017 Strasbourg

"This year's European Day of Languages celebrates innovation in language learning and teaching. This provides us with the perfect opportunity to highlight the huge value of Europe's cultural diversity. Europe's nations are always at their strongest and most prosperous when we are open and...

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2017 Crystal Scales of Justice Prize - Publication of the final selection

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice 25 September 2017 Strasbourg

The European “Crystal Scales of Justice Prize”, awarded by the Council of Europe, allows discovering, highlighting and sharing innovative practices aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of judicial systems. Out of 37 applications from 18 countries and also from two international...

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26 September: European Day of Languages

Council of Europe 25 September 2017 Strasbourg

The European Day of Languages (EDL) is an annual celebration day to encourage language learning across Europe. At the initiative of the Council of Europe, EDL has been celebrated every year, on 26 September, since the European Year of Languages in 2001. The specific aims of the EDL are to: raise...

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30 years of Cultural Routes: Building dialogue and sustainable development through European values and heritage

Council of Europe 25 September 2017 Strasbourg

A Europe rich in history, heritage and values: the Council of Europe Cultural Routes’ programme celebrates its 30th anniversary, on the occasion of the 7th Advisory Forum in Palazzo Ducale and Real Collegio in Lucca (Italy) on 27-29 September, with a special ceremony to highlight the relevance of...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions now online

Committee of Ministers 22 September 2017 Strasbourg

The latest case-by-case decisions on the implementation of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The committee adopted 39 decisions concerning 21 member states at the end of its regular three-day meeting in...

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Venice Commission on Georgian draft Constitution

Venice Commission 22 September 2017 Strasbourg

Postponement of proportional election system regrettable, bonus system of unallocated votes distribution should be abandoned

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Luxembourg: Authorities encouraged to continue efforts to integrate asylum-seekers and migrants

Commissioner for Human Rights 22 September 2017 Strasbourg

“Luxembourg has made considerable efforts to respond to Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis by receiving asylum-seekers and relocating and resettling refugees from other parts of Europe and beyond. It has largely avoided the trap of political instrumentalisation of the issue of migration, and...

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International conference on links between organised crime and terrorism

Council of Europe 21 September 2017 Málaga

The Council of Europe, with the support of the City and the University of Málaga, is organising an international conference in Málaga (Spain) on 21 and 22 of September aimed at improving international co-operation to better address the interaction between transnational organised crime and...

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Age assessment of young migrants: child’s best interests must be safeguarded, invasive methods avoided

Council of Europe 20 September 2017 Strasbourg

A new report “Age assessment: Council of Europe member states’ policies, procedures and practices respectful of children’s rights in the context of migration” has been issued today. This report, prepared by an independent expert, is based on a survey conducted in 37 Council of Europe member...

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Human trafficking: Ireland urged to improve the identification and protection of victims

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 20 September 2017 Strasbourg

European anti-trafficking experts have urged the Irish authorities to improve the identification of human trafficking victims and to review the policy of housing presumed victims in accommodation centres for asylum seekers as a matter of priority. These are among the main recommendations in the...

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Anti-torture committee: New report on Slovenia

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 20 September 2017 Strasbourg

Overcrowding in prisons decreased, climate improved, but reservations exist about aliens legislation and means of restraint for psychiatric patients

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New reports on racism and discrimination in Ukraine, Montenegro and Slovenia

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 19 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-discrimination commission, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published today new reports on Ukraine, Montenegro, as well as conclusions on Slovenia. In Ukraine, the ECRI commended new legal provisions to combat discrimination, progress in...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 18 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers will hold its quarterly meeting to oversee member states’ execution of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights from 19 to 21 September. An indicative list of cases to be examined was published at the end of the last meeting in June....

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New legal tool on electronic evidence: Council of Europe welcomes civil society opinion

Council of Europe 18 September 2017 Strasbourg

In a “Global Civil Submission” handed to the Council of Europe today, European Digital Rights (EDRI), an association defending rights and freedoms online, has provided an opinion from civil society worldwide on the proposed protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. Alexander Seger, the...

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International Day of Democracy 2017

Secretary General 14 September 2017 Strasbourg

Statement from Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Committee of Ministers calls for effectively preventing and combating female genital mutilation and forced marriage

Committee of Ministers 13 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers today called on member states to step up efforts to prevent and combat female genital mutilation and forced marriage across Europe, as it adopted a guide on good practices. Female genital mutilation and forced marriage violate fundamental rights enshrined in the...

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School segregation still deprives many children of quality education

Commissioner for Human Rights 12 September 2017 Strasbourg

“The right to education is a fundamental human right. Yet, many European countries still deny thousands of children, including children with disabilities, Roma children and refugee or migrant children, equal access to it by keeping them in segregated schools. This is a violation of children’s...

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Council of Europe experts discuss freedom of expression and terrorism with the Turkish authorities

Council of Europe 8 September 2017 Strasbourg

On 7 and 8 September 2017, the working group between the Council of Europe and the Turkish Ministry of Justice met in Ankara to discuss issues relating to freedom of expression and the fight against terrorism in Turkey. The Council of Europe experts also held exchanges with members of the...

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