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Secretary General Jagland’s meeting with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Secretary General 17 April 2019 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland today met with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. They discussed the increasing cooperation between the Council of Europe...

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Secretary General: Decision by Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) to bar elected candidates from taking office raises questions of rule of law

Secretary General 16 April 2019 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has written to the President of the Supreme Electoral Board of Turkey, Mr Sadi Güven Letter

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Anti-torture Committee publishes a report on Andorra

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) 16 Avril 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published a report on its 2018 visit to Andorra, together with the response of the Andorran authorities (a summary of the report is also available). During the...

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Integration policies should not pursue migration-control goals

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 16 April 2019 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees Tomáš Boček has published an Issue Paper on human rights aspects of immigrant and refugee integration policies based on a comparative assessment of 11 Council of Europe member states. The Issue Paper focuses on specific...

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Congress calls on Turkey to respect the voters decision in the 31 March local elections

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 12 April 2019 Strasbourg

Reacting to reports from Turkey about elected representatives in the south-east of the country not having been appointed mayors despite their victory in the 31 March local elections, Anders Knape, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, stressed the...

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PACE urges international action against money-laundering "laundromats"

Parliamentary Assembly Session 11 April 2019 Strasbourg

PACE has expressed its deep concern at the extent of money laundering in Council of Europe member States, notably the recent examples known as the “Global Laundromat”, the “Azerbaijani Laundromat” and the “Troika Laundromat”, and has urged improved national mechanisms and international...

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Nikol Pashinyan: "Armenia is today unequivocally a democratic country"

Parliamentary Assembly Session 11 April 2019 Strasbourg

“Armenia is today unequivocally a democratic country with absolute freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, and our government is continuing to enhance respect for human rights,” said Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia, addressing the Assembly today. “We have managed to root out...

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PACE proposes new "joint reaction procedure" when a state violates its statutory obligations

Parliamentary Assembly Session 10 April 2019 Strasbourg

PACE has proposed a “joint reaction procedure” involving both of the Council of Europe’s statutory bodies, and the Secretary General, in cases where a member State violates its statutory obligations or does not respect fundamental principles and values. In a resolution and recommendation based on...

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Prime Minister Bakhtadze hails Georgia’s progress as a "country on the rise"

Parliamentary Assembly Session 10 April 2019 Strasbourg

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, addressing the Assembly today in Strasbourg, hailed the progress Georgia has made in the 20 years since it joined the Council of Europe, citing constitutional reform, a more independent judiciary, and greater oversight of human rights. He thanked the...

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PACE calls to stop sexism and sexual harassment in parliaments

Parliamentary Assembly Session 10 April 2019 Strasbourg

The Assembly today called for a series of measures aimed at stopping sexism and sexual harassment in politics, including in parliaments. These recommendations are addressed to national parliaments, but also to political parties and governments. They focus on raising awareness of this phenomenon...

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Secretary General Jagland: Council of Europe ordinary budget should come from member states, not the EU

Parliamentary Assembly Session 9 April 2019 Strasbourg

In his last appearance before the Parliamentary Assembly prior to the election of his successor in June, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland faced several questions concerning the organisation’s budgetary crisis, caused by the Russian Federation’s non-payment of contributions for nearly two...

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Addressing the Council of Europe crisis requires constructiveness from all parties, says Timo Soini

Parliamentary Assembly Session 8 April 2019 Strasbourg

“Finding a solution to the current political and institutional crisis would require close co-operation with all member States and both statutory bodies – the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers. It is time to start consolidating the different views into one,” said Timo Soini,...

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Commissioner Mijatović highlights main human rights challenges in Europe

Commissioner for Human Rights 8 April 2019 Strasbourg

Today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, presented her first annual activity report in a debate before the Parliamentary Assembly of the organisation. While the report covers a variety of the most pressing human rights issues in the Council of Europe member...

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Europe’s "common home" must be maintained and continue to wield influence, says PACE President

Parliamentary Assembly Session 8 April 2019 Strasbourg

In her opening speech at the PACE Spring Session, the President today reiterated the importance of preserving “the common home which provides a place to live for 830 million people and is governed by a common legal framework that protects the individual against arbitrary decisions and...

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Strengthening civil society participation in protecting children against sexual exploitation and abuse

Council of Europe 8 April 2019 Strasbourg

Further strengthening co-operation between the Council of Europe and civil society actors to prevent and protect children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, online and offline, is the goal of the international conference taking place from 8 to 9 April 2019 at the European Youth Centre of...

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International Roma Day (8 April 2019)

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 8 April 2019 Strasbourg

Statement by Timo Soini, President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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Assembly President calls on for increased cooperation with the Congress

Congress Session 5 April 2019 Strasbourg

"Each institution has its own role and its own prerogatives but we are each and every one of us working towards the same objective: to continue the construction of a common area for the protection of democracy, the rule of law and human rights", said the President of the Parliamentary Assembly,...

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Serbia: minority language education should be strengthened

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) 5 April 2019 Strasbourg

Today, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe published a new report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) in the Republic of Serbia and the recommendations to the Serbian authorities. The Charter applies to Albanian, Bosnian,...

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Ready for future challenges: Thorbjørn Jagland urges member states to reinforce the Council of Europe

Secretary General 5 April 2019 Strasbourg

In his last annual report after ten years as Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland has urged the Council of Europe’s 47 member states to reinforce the organisation, to make sure that it is properly financed and to develop new legal standards on emerging challenges to human rights and democracy....

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Alternatives to the detention of migrants: how we can make it work

Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees 4 April 2019 Strasbourg

A variety of concrete examples and practices of alternatives to the detention of migrants from different corners of Europe were presented to some 200 participants at an International conference on Effective Alternatives to the Detention of Migrants, organised jointly by the Council of Europe, the...

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