Finland makes €2 million voluntary contribution to support Ukraine

Deputy Secretary General 17 May 2022 Strasbourg

The Government of Finland has made a new voluntary contribution of €2 000 000 to support the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2022 and its successor Action Plan, bringing their total support to the Action Plan to €3.57 million. Finland has also contributed €750...

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Helga Pedersen Human Rights Moot Court Competition – 10th anniversary

Council of Europe 16 May 2022 Strasbourg

Students from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) were declared the winners of the tenth edition of the Helga Pedersen Moot Court Competition after beating a team from the University of Passau (Germany) in the final round. The prize for Best Orator of the Finals was awarded to Lorenz von...

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Foreign ministers meet in Turin to discuss their response to Russian Federation aggression against Ukraine

Committee of Ministers Presidency 16 May 2022 Strasbourg

Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Council of Europe’s 46 member states will hold their annual session on Friday 20 May 2022 in Turin (Italy). The meeting takes place against the background of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which resulted in the exclusion of the Russian...

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IDAHOT: LGBTI persons fleeing war face specific risks and need protection

Council of Europe 16 May 2022 Strasbourg

European states should pay attention to the specific challenges faced by LGBTI asylum seekers fleeing war, declared Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, the current President of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and...

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LGBTI rights in Ukraine conflict in focus at Cyprus conference

Council of Europe 13 May 2022 Strasbourg

The IDAHOT + Forum 2022 is taking place in Limassol, Cyprus, on 12-13 May, ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Tuesday 17 May. Speaking during the discussion War in Ukraine: Challenges to our Common European Values Through the Experiences of LGBTI+...

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Advancing gender equality and fighting stereotypes

Conseil de l’Europe 13 May 2022 Strasbourg

A meeting of the Council of Europe’s main body for supporting gender equality has examined a wide range of issues affecting women. The plenary meeting of the Gender Equality Commission, held from 11-13 May in Strasbourg, discussed progress in advancing gender equality in Europe. The participants...

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Enhanced co-operation and disclosure of electronic evidence: 22 countries sign new Protocol to Cybercrime Convention

Committee of Ministers Presidency 12 May 2022 Strasbourg

The Second Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention), aimed at enhancing co-operation and disclosure of electronic evidence has been opened for signature at a conference organised under the Italian Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The...

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First Barnahus for child victims of sexual abuse launched in Slovenia

Council of Europe 10 May 2022 Strasbourg

The first Barnahus (Children’s House) of Slovenia for child victims of sexual abuse has been launched in Ljubljana with the active support of the EU Reform – Council of Europe joint project “Support the implementation of Barnahus in Slovenia - phase II”. Barnahus is a Council of Europe-promoted...

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Secretary General in Ukraine

Secretary General 9 May 2022 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on her visit to Ukraine

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Visit to Ukraine: Commissioner Mijatović calls for continuous support and justice for victims of the war

Commissioner for Human Rights 9 May 2022 Strasbourg

“The extent and gravity of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have taken place as a result of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine are staggering. Providing redress and support for victims and their families and delivering justice will be an...

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Launch of website in Spanish

Council of Europe 5 May 2022 Strasbourg

Today, coinciding with Europe Day of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe has launched a Spanish-language website. The website will make available relevant content on the Council of Europe´s work to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law among Spanish speaking audiences. It...

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Council of Europe experts release guidance to protect Ukrainian refugees from traffickers

Anti-trafficking body GRETA 4 May 2022 Strasbourg

New guidance from the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking body GRETA will give European countries the advice they need to protect Ukrainians refugees from traffickers and to detect potential victims. The move comes following reports of suspected trafficking cases as the war causes an...

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Secretary General - Europe must remain resilient in the face of aggression and war

Secretary General 4 May 2022 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has marked Europe Day 2022 by calling on European states to renew their investment in human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the face of “terrible violence and seismic change.” Launching her annual report, Moving Forward 2022, the Secretary...

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Anti-money laundering experts MONEYVAL publish 2021 report

Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing body (MONEYVAL) 4 May 2022 Strasbourg

Governments need to step up their efforts and coordination to combat money laundering and terrorist financing by adopting stricter regulation and supervision of the virtual assets sector and the specialised “gatekeeper” professions, such as lawyers, accountants and other services providers who...

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European Conference of Prosecutors in Palermo

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 4 May 2022 Palermo (Italy)

In the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, the European Conference of Prosecutors (5-6 May) is taking place at the Palazzo dei Normanni, the Sicilian Regional Assembly’s headquarters. The conference is promoted by the Prosecutor-General’s Office of the Court of...

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Support for “Strasbourg Principles” in inter-religious dialogue on religion and peace, religion and human rights

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 2 May 2022 Strasbourg

An international conference took place today within the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers on the subject of “Inter-religious dialogue on religion and peace, religion and human rights”. The aim of the event was to relaunch within the Council of Europe a dialogue...

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Congress President meets representatives of Kyiv City Council in show of support for Ukraine

Congress 29 April 2022 Strasbourg

The President and Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe have met with a delegation of representatives from Kyiv City Council. During the meeting, held on 28 April, President Leendert Verbeek and Secretary General Andreas Kiefer held an...

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PACE calls for an ad hoc international criminal tribunal to hold to account perpetrators of the crime of aggression against Ukraine

Parliamentary Assembly session 28 April 2022 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called on all the organisation’s member and observer states to urgently set up an ad hoc international criminal tribunal, with a mandate to "investigate and prosecute the crime of aggression allegedly committed by the political and...

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