Secretary General Jagland urges Bucharest to rethink reform of the judiciary

Secretary General 22 December 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has today sent a letter to the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, urging the authorities to seek the expertise of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission (European Commission for Democracy through Law) regarding the legislative reforms on the judiciary...

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Armenia: Council of Europe anti-corruption body issues a new compliance report

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 22 December 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) has published today a new report assessing the implementation by Armenia of its earlier recommendations on preventing corruption in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. GRECO concludes...

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Gender equality in employment is still a distant promise in Europe

Commissioner for Human Rights 20 December 2017 Strasbourg

End-of-the-year statement by Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks

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Statement on International Migrants Day

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees 18 December 2017 Strasbourg

Integration of migrants is Europe’s present and future opportunity

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Fake news and fractured trust

Council of Europe 18 December 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe joins UN panel at Internet Governance Forum, among other activities

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Ending the trade in instruments of torture

Parliamentary Assembly 14 December 2017 Strasbourg

“A frightening arsenal of instruments of torture are still being manufactured, sold and marketed in a number of Council of Europe member States,” Vusal Huseynov (Azerbaijan, EPP/CD) told the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, on 12 December 2017 in Paris. “Thumbcuffs, spiked batons...

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Violence against Women: Joint communiqué from OECD, Council of Europe, European Commission and UN

Deputy Secretary General 11 December 2017 Brussels

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and UN Women agreed on the global action to combat violence against women. These institutions reaffirmed today their full commitment to eliminate gender based violence and discussed...

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Venice Commission: Gianni Buquicchio re-elected president

Venice Commission 12 December 2017 Venice

In its final plenary session, on 8-9 December, the Council of Europe's European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) elected its president and vice presidents to two-year terms. Re-elected President for the fourth time in a row, Gianni Buquicchio (Italy) has presided over the...

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The Gender Equality Tour de France comes to the Council of Europe

Council of Europe 11 December 2017 Strasbourg

Live Webcast As part of the Gender Equality Tour de France, the French Minister for European Affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, and the State Secretary with responsibility for gender equality, Marlène Schiappa, will be discussing equality between men and women with 300 students and young people...

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International Human Rights Day

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 10 December 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Chair of the Committee of Ministers

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Venice Commission tackles Polish judicial reforms and Ukrainian education law, among other issues

Venice Commission 8 December 2017 Venice

In an opinion on Poland adopted today, the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (“Venice Commission”) found that the cumulative effect of proposed reforms to two laws and recently adopted amendments to a third law “puts at serious risk” the independence of “all parts” of the...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions now online

Committee of Ministers 8 December 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 18 member states at the end of its regular three-day meeting in...

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Human Rights Day 2017

Secretary General 8 December 2017 Strasbourg

Jagland and Timmermans call for European states to recommit to human rights standards

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MONEYVAL publishes a report on the Holy See

Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism 8 December 2017 Strasbourga

Holy See has made progress in combatting money laundering, but needs to step up efforts to obtain prosecutions

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A dark year on the anti-corruption front

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

On the eve of the International Anti-Corruption Day, celebrated on 9 December, the Chair of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), Marin Mrčela, made the following statement: “2017 has been a dark year on the anti-corruption front. There have been many allegations of corruption in public...

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Anti-torture Committee visits the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 8 December 2017 Strasbourg

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a visit to the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation from 28 November to 4 December 2017. It was the Committee’s twelfth visit to this Republic.

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Committee of Ministers launches infringement proceedings against Azerbaijan

Committee of Ministers 5 December 2017 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the 47-nation Council of Europe has launched infringement proceedings against Azerbaijan due to the authorities’ continuing refusal to ensure the unconditional release of opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov following a judgment from the European Court of Human...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 5 December 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is holding its quarterly meeting to oversee member states’ execution of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights from 5 to 7 December. Information on the cases to be examined at the meeting is available here. Decisions taken by the committee...

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Progress needed to ensure women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe

Commissioner for Human Rights 5 December 2017 Strasbourg

“Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. Regrettably, however, women in Europe still have these rights denied or restricted as a result of laws, policies and practices that ultimately reflect continuing gender stereotypes and inequalities. States must acknowledge and...

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