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Italy: GRECO calls for reinforced measures to prevent conflicts of interest in Parliament and the judiciary

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 19 January 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published today its Fourth Round Evaluation Report on Italy. It focuses on the prevention of corruption amongst members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. GRECO praised Italy for the measures taken in recent years to...

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United States encouraged to enhance measures to prevent conflicts of interest in respect of Members of Congress, judges and prosecutors

Council of Europe 17 January 2017 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) acknowledges that the United States has in place a solid legal, ethical and institutional framework to prevent and fight corruption in respect of Members of Congress, judges and prosecutors....

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Georgia should continue reforms to prevent corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors, says new report

Council of Europe 17 January 2017 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe's anti-corruption body, Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), acknowledged considerable progress in reducing corruption in Georgia and improving the country’s standing in international indices, and called on the Georgian authorities to...

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Slovenia: Parliament must ensure that legislative reform on migrants complies with human rights obligations

Commissioner for Human Rights 17 January 2017 Strasbourg

“Slovenian parliamentarians should reject amendments to the Aliens Act that are contrary to international human rights and refugee protection standards by which Slovenia is bound”, said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing a letter addressed to...

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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2017: call for nominations

Parliamentary Assembly 16 January 2017 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, has today issued a call for nominations for the 2017 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. The Prize, created in 2013, aims to reward outstanding civil society action...

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Russia: decriminalising domestic violence would be a clear sign of regression, says Secretary General Jagland

Secretary General 16 January 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland sent a letter today to the Chairpersons of the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation expressing his deep concern at the legislation which, if adopted, would decriminalize domestic violence in Russia. “I call upon you...

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The media and journalism in Europe, highlight of the Parliamentary Assembly winter part-session

Parliamentary Assembly Session 16 January 2017 Strasbourg

Debates on attacks against journalists and media freedom in Europe, the challenges and accountability of online media and journalism, and the need to end cyberdiscrimination and online hate speech will be at the heart of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) winter plenary...

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Study on the rights of children in biomedicine

Council of Europe 16 January 2017 Strasbourg

The Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) has published a study prepared at its request by researchers from Uppsala University Department of Law (Sweden) on the challenges posed to the rights of the child by scientific and technological developments in biomedicine. The study will be used as the basis...

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Terrorist attack in Jerusalem, Israel

Secretary General 8 January 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Thorbjørn Jagland, Council of Europe Secretary General

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Council of Europe colloquy on protecting cultural heritage from destruction and trafficking

Council of Europe 2 January 2017 Strasbourg

High-level representatives from international organisations and national governments, as well as academic experts, are in Strasbourg today for a colloquy aimed at strengthening cooperation to protect cultural heritage from wanton destruction and preventing the illicit trafficking of cultural...

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Secretary General Jagland condemns terrorist attack in Istanbul

Secretary General 1 January 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland condemning the terrorist attack in Istanbul "In these first hours of 2017, my heartfelt thoughts are with all those affected by the bloody terrorist attack on innocent people in Istanbul who were celebrating the New Year. The Council of...

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