Release of Taner Kiliç, Amnesty International

Secretary General 16 August 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the release of human rights defender Ilgar Mammadov in Azerbaijan

Secretary General 13 August 2018 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement today: “News that the Shaki Court of Appeal in Azerbaijan today ordered the release of prominent human rights defender Ilgar Mammadov after more than five years in prison is to be welcomed. We cannot accept political prisoners in...

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Transparency of political funding in Switzerland

Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group (GRECO) 10 August 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group regrets the lack of progress

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GRECO says “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” makes no substantial progress; urges more action to apply recommendations

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 9 August 2018 Strasbourg

In its second compliance report released today, GRECO (Group of States against Corruption) finds that “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” made no substantial progress in implementing recommendations on preventing corruption among MPs, judges and prosecutors. Calling the country’s...

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Searches and arrests in Belarusian media

Spokesperson of the Secretary General 7 August 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by the Spokesperson of the Secretary General

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10th anniversary of the conflict in Georgia

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 7 August 2018 Strasbourg

Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia

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Council of Europe honours Roma victims of the Holocaust: “acknowledge the past and improve Roma rights today”

Council of Europe 2 August 2018 Strasbourg

Today in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe held a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony in memory of Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust. This year marks the 74th anniversary of 2 August, 1944, when all remaining Roma of the so-called “Zigeunerlager” (Gypsy camp) – 2,897 men, women and...

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Moldova: Council of Europe anti-money laundering committee concerned about misleading media reports

Moneyval 27 July 2018 Strasbourg

Media reports in Moldova seem to wrongly suggest that the Law on Voluntary Declaration and Fiscal Stimulation, which was passed by the Moldovan Parliament on 26 July 2018, had been analysed positively by an expert from the Council of Europe’s Committee on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering...

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Poland: Persons taken into police custody still run “appreciable risk” of being ill-treated, says anti-torture committee

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 25 July 2018 Strasbourg

A report published today by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) found that most people who were or recently had been in police custody reported correct treatment by the police. However, although the report includes...

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Keeping the promise: ending poverty and inequality

Commissioner for Human Rights 24 July 2018 Strasbourg

“Poverty and inequality are closely interlinked”, says Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in her Human Rights Comment published today. “People living in poverty are much more likely to be relegated to low-income work, poor housing, and inadequate health care, as...

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Submit your examples of good practices on child-friendly procedures in the migration context

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) 23 July 2018 Strasbourg

The Office of the Special Representative on migration and refugees is looking for examples of good or promising practices of migration-related procedures that are child-friendly. Selected examples will be published in a compilation of good practices being prepared under the Council of Europe...

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SRSG on migration and refugees: visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) 20 July 2018 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomáš Boček, will be visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina from 24 to 27 July 2018. He will have meetings with the government officials and representatives of relevant international organisations to discuss...

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Azerbaijan: torture, impunity and corruption highlighted in new anti-torture committee publications

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 18 July 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today reports on six of its visits to Azerbaijan – in 2004, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 – together with the responses of the Azerbaijani Government. Thus, all...

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The Commissioner requests decisive measures to safeguard Oyub Titiev’s rights

Commissioner for huma Rights 17 July 2018 Strasbourg

Today the Commissioner published a letter she sent to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Mr Yury Chaika, concerning the situation of Mr Oyub Titiev, the leading member of the Human Rights Centre Memorial who is being prosecuted in the Chechen Republic. In the letter, the...

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The CEPEJ adopts a toolkit to strengthen the implementation of the CEPEJ guidelines on mediation

European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) 13 July 2018 Strasbourg

At its 30th plenary meeting, the CEPEJ completed the list of existing Council of Europe instruments in the field of mediation, in particular the Council of Europe Recommendations (Recommendation (98) 1 on family mediation; Recommendation (99) 19 concerning mediation in criminal matters ;...

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Romania: Proposed reforms could undermine independence of judges and prosecutors according to Venice Commission

Venice Commission 13 July 2018 Strasbourg

In a preliminary opinion published today and requested in May this year by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission commented on three legislative drafts amending existing judiciary legislation: Draft law amending Law 303/2004 on the statute of judges and...

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GRECO acknowledges progress in Albania, but calls for further action

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 12 July 2018 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe´s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) acknowledges the progress made by Albania in implementing its recommendations to prevent corruption in respect of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors, but it also calls for a number of...

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We must not forget Srebrenica

Commissioner for Human Rights 11 July 2018 Strasbourg

Today, Commissioner Mijatović, participated in the commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. In her speech she expressed her deepest condolences to the families of the victims, honoured the memory of the victims and called on all political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina...

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Conference on cybercrime: evidence in cyberspace, WHOIS data, cyberviolence, global state of legislation

Council of Europe 2 July 2018 Strasbourg

From 11 to 13 July, the Council of Europe will bring together ministers and other high-ranking government representatives, criminal justice experts, and representatives from the Internet industry, civil society and data protection organisations from all over the world to step up international...

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Regional or minority languages are protected in Norway, but further efforts needed

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 9 July 2018 Strasbourg

Progress has been made while promoting regional and minority languages in Norway, such as the Sami languages, Kven/Finnish and Romani/Romanes, according to a report published today by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Almost all undertakings are fulfilled concerned the...

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