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Special Representative on migration and refugees supports UN Global Compact at conference in Morocco

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) 10 December 2018 Strasbourg

On 10-11 December 2018, in Marrakech, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomáš Boček, is representing the Council of Europe at the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The...

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Preview exhibition “Human rights – still some way to go”

Commissioner for Human Rights 10 December 2018 Paris

Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Cartooning for Peace present a preview of the exhibition “Human rights – still some way to go”

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The Council of Europe calls on Switzerland to further strengthen the rights of national minorities and to combat hate speech

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 10 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has called on the Swiss authorities to do more to protect the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, at a time when there is a growing intolerance, including in political discourse and on...

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Human Rights Day (10 December 2018)

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 10 December 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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International Anti-Corruption Day

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 7 December 2018 Strasbourg

“We must never lower our guard in fighting corruption”, said Marin Mrčela, President of the Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO), ahead of the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December. “Perception of low levels of corruption must not lead to complacency. No...

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Secretary General backs UN migration pact

Secretary General 7 December 2018 Strasbourg

“The human rights of refugee and migrant children deserve special protection,” says Thorbjørn Jagland

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 7 December 2018 Strasbourg

The latest case-by-case decisions on the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The committee adopted 37 decisions concerning 20 member states at the end of its quarterly human rights...

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North-South Prize 2018 honours fight to end female genital mutilation and to promote sustainable cities

North-South Centre 6 December 2018 Lisbon

Jaha Mapenzi Dukureh, founder and CEO of the Non-Governmental organisation “Safe Hands for Girls”, and Damien Carême, Mayor of Grande-Synthe, are the laureates of the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe 2018. Through “Safe Hands for Girls”, Jaha Dukureh provides support to African women...

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States’ duty to protect human rights defenders

Commissioner for Human Rights 6 December 2018 Strasbourg

Ahead of Human Rights Day, Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, calls on member states to halt the attacks against human rights defenders and improve their safety and working environment. “In spite of an international declaration and clear standards protecting the...

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Anti-torture committee welcomes improvements in Northern Ireland

Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) 6 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has welcomed recent improvements in various places of detention in Northern Ireland, whilst underlining that further progress is needed in certain areas. In a report published today, the committee highlighted the “enormous...

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Governments and sports bodies to analyse corruption in sport

Deputy Secretary General 5 December 2018 London

From fraud to bribery, from illegal betting to doping, from match-fixing to money laundering: Corruption in Sport is a global phenomenon threatening the integrity of the overall industry and posing a major challenge for today’s societies. The International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 4 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is holding its quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 4 to 6 December. Decisions taken by the committee will be published on the Council of Europe website as...

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Misuse of anti-terror legislation threatens freedom of expression

Commissioner for Human Rights 4 December 2018 Strasbourg

“When terrorism spreads, states are often tempted to restrict fundamental freedoms for the sake of fighting it and preventing further attacks”, says Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in her Human Rights Comment published today. “Terrorism constitutes a serious...

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Ten-year trends in European prisons

Council of Europe 4 December 2018 Strasbourg

New Council of Europe report

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Adoption of the first European Ethical Charter on the use of artificial intelligence in judicial systems

Council of Europe 4 December 2018 Strasbourg

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the Council of Europe has adopted the first European text setting out ethical principles relating to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in judicial systems. The Charter provides a framework of principles that can guide policy...

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Council of Europe Development Bank provides financial assistance for refugee healthcare in Ceuta and Melilla

Council of Europe Development bank (CEB) 3 December 2018 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomáš Boček, attended the Council of Europe Development bank’s (CEB) signature ceremony of a grant agreement with Instituto Nacional de Gestión Sanitaria (INGESA), in Melilla today. The CEB is...

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Statement by Timo Soini, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 3 December 2018 Strasbourg

“The Council of Europe strives to protect and promote human rights of all, including people with disabilities of which there are an estimated 80 million in Europe,” Mr Timo Soini, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland pointed...

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Council of Europe discussed European academic cooperation with Russian universities

Council of Europe 30 November 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe discussed yesterday and today in Moscow with leading Russian universities the prospects for enhanced academic cooperation on the Council of Europe's conventions. As a first step, a new training course on human rights and biomedicine (bioethics) was presented at the Faculty...

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“Ethics and Human Rights must guide any use of genome editing technologies in human beings”

Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics 30 November 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics

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Statement by Timo Soini, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, on death penalty in Belarus

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 29 November 2018 Strasbourg

“I deeply regret the reported executions of Mr Syamyon Berazhny and Mr Ihar Hershankow in Belarus, which were carried out despite the strong call made by the Committee of Ministers in October 2018 to the authorities of Belarus to establish a formal moratorium on executions as a first step towards...

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