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Online course offers best techniques for heritage

Council of Europe 21 October 2021 Strasbourg

A newly launched course is giving academics, professionals, activists and hobbyists a way to learn the best techniques for facing challenges in their work. The e-learning platform ST21Mooc is an e-learning heritage management tool which takes learners though the European Heritage Strategy 2021 in...

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Speakers of parliament - an unparalleled responsibility

Council of Europe 21 October 2021 Athens

The functioning and work of parliaments, as well as the legislative texts they produce must enable human rights, democracy, and the rule of law to exist and flourish. This was a central message of Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić’s address today, as she opened the European Conference of...

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European states must stand up against pushbacks and the attempt to legalise them

Commissioner for Human Rights 21 October 2021 Strasbourg

“Member states must take a stand against pushbacks at borders and clearly oppose attempts to legalise this illegal practice”, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. Human rights violations against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants at the borders of...

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Managing persons accused or convicted of a sexual offence: Council of Europe issues new guidelines

Committee of Ministers 20 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe today issued a Recommendation to its 47 members states containing new guidelines regarding the assessment, management and reintegration of persons accused or convicted of a sexual offence. Adopted by the Committee of Ministers, the Recommendation aims to guide national...

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Council of Europe recommends measures to protect children against radicalisation

Committee of Ministers 20 October 2021 Strasbourg

As some children may be particularly vulnerable to messaging by terrorist associations and groups, including via social media, the Council of Europe has recommended a set of measures to help its 47 member states better protect children against radicalisation for the purpose of terrorism. Prepared...

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Human trafficking: UK urged to better identify and assist victims

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 20 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking has urged the United Kingdom to take further steps to improve the identification of trafficking victims, to make sure victims receive legal and psychological assistance and to ensure that more traffickers are convicted. These are among the...

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Secretary General highlights poverty and trafficking as human rights violations

Secretary General 19 October 2021 Strasbourg

How many more people will be cast into poverty? How many more people will find themselves trafficked as a result? Speaking at a ceremony to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and European Anti-Trafficking Day 2021, Marija Pejčinović Burić called for essential coordination...

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European Social Charter 60th anniversary: Committee of Ministers Declaration

Committee of Ministers 18 October 2021 Strasbourg

Adopted on 13 October 2021 at the Ministers’ Deputies’ 1414th meeting

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Congress President: “The European Social Charter now needs to develop an effective local anchorage”

President of the Congress 15 October 2021 Strasbourg

60 years after the adoption of the European Social Charter, a multitude of challenges remain, especially regarding the local anchorage, underlined President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Leendert Verbeek, ahead of the Charter’s anniversary on October 18, 2021. When the Social...

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Tackling human rights in the digital sphere: international seminar

Council of Europe 15 October 2021 Strasbourg

An international seminar to be held on 18 October on the theme of “Human Rights in the digital sphere” will bring together experts from different legal systems and jurisdictions, judges of the European Court of Human Rights and governmental representatives from Europe and beyond to examine the...

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Venice Commission holds hybrid plenary session

Venice Commission 15 October 2021 Strasbourg

Meeting on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October in Venice, the Council of Europe’s constitutional experts adopted – among other texts – an opinion on draft constitutional amendments in Serbia and an opinion on the legal protection of citizens in the Netherlands. Other opinions adopted concern the...

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Social Charter 60th anniversary: the Social Constitution of Europe

European Social Charter 14 October 2021 Strasbourg

Employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare rights: the European Social Charter - often referred to as the Social Constitution of Europe – is celebrating its 60th anniversary as a guardian of fundamental social and economic rights. The Charter, together with the European...

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Committee of Ministers adopts recommendation on Revised European Sports Charter

Committee of Ministers 13 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers has adopted a recommendation on the Revised European Sports Charter submitted by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS). The revised version concludes a process initiated by the 15th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for sport in Tbilisi in...

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Secretary General at Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism

Secretary General 13 October 2021 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić is taking part in the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism on 13 October 2021. She is making a speech and is taking part in the panel entitled “Countering contemporary antisemitism and other forms of racism online...

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Slovenia: first report on implementation of the Istanbul Convention notes many positive measures

GREVIO 12 October 2021 Strasbourg

The first evaluation report of Slovenia’s implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (“the Istanbul Convention”) has been published together with the comments by Slovenian authorities. The report highlights numerous...

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European and World Day against the Death Penalty: Joint declaration

Secretary General 8 October 2021 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, have issued a joint declaration reaffirming the...

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2021 Nobel Peace Prize: Statement by the Council of Europe Secretary General

Secretary General 8 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, today made the following statement: "I am delighted that the Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of...

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Fundamental Rights Forum 2021: social rights, data protection and artificial intelligence among Council of Europe sessions

Fundamental Rights Forum 2021 7 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe will host a series of sessions at the hybrid Fundamental Rights Forum 2021 on 11 and 12 October. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will take part in the opening session of the multi-location event from 13h30 Central European Summer Time (CEST) on...

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Secretary General opens conference on women’s access to justice and full ratification of the Istanbul Convention

Secretary General 7 October 2021 Strasbourg

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention – the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – the Council of Europe is holding an international conference on 7-8 October 2021 to promote full ratification and implementation of...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: new factsheet on freedom of assembly and association

Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights 7 October 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights has published a new thematic factsheet on cases related to freedom of assembly and association. The factsheet summarises measures reported by 17 member states to protect and further strengthen...

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