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Minute of silence for Alexei Navalnyy

Committee of Ministers 21 February 2024 Strasbourg

At the beginning of their meeting, on 21 February 2024, the Ministers' Deputies held a minute of silence in tribute to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalnyy, who died on 16 February at the Russian Artic penal colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence. On 16 February, the President of the...

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Council of Europe commemorates the second anniversary of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine

Committee of Ministers 21 February 2024 Strasbourg

On 23 February, the Council of Europe will hold a ceremony to mark two years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, followed by an extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Ministers (to be broadcast live). At 9 am, on the Council of Europe forecourt, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović...

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Congress President dismayed at the death of Alexey Navalny in Russia

Congress 16 February 2024 Strasbourg

Congress President Marc Cools has made the following statement today: “I am shocked and dismayed by the news of the death of Alexey Navalny in a Russian prison. On behalf of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, I express my deep condolences to his family....

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"There is little doubt that the Russian state bears full responsibility for the death of Alexei Navalny", PACE President says

Parliamentary Assembly 16 February 2024 Strasbourg

Following the death of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Theodoros Rousopoulos made the following statement: "I am deeply shocked by today's terrible news of the death in prison of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny....

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Death of Alexei Navalnyy: Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

Secretary General 16 February 2024 Strasbourg

"I am profoundly dismayed and outraged by the news of the sudden death of prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalnyy in a Russian prison. The Russian authorities must conduct an immediate and thorough investigation and make the findings available to the public in line with their...

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Rights of volunteer firefighters: Council of Europe concludes that France is in violation of the European Social Charter

European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) 14 February 2024 Strasbourg

In a new decision the Council of Europe’s European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) concludes that France is in violation of the revised European Social Charter on the ground of the discriminatory difference in treatment with regard to remuneration between certain volunteer firefighters (VFF)...

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Azerbaijan should step up investigations and prosecutions of money laundering and improve supervisory arrangements, says MONEYVAL

MONEYVAL 12 February 2024 Strasbourg

In the new report published today, Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body MONEYVAL calls on Azerbaijan authorities to further strengthen measures to combat money laundering (ML), the financing of terrorism (TF) and financing of proliferation, in particular in the areas of preventive...

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Commissioner highlights key steps to better respect victims’ rights and deal with the past in former Yugoslavia region

Commissioner for Human Rights 8 February 2024 Strasbourg

In her letters to the Prime Ministers of the Council of Europe member states in the region of the former Yugoslavia, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, recommends specific steps to be taken to deal with the violent past and move more resolutely toward social...

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Secretary General makes official visit to Slovenia

Secretary General 5 February 2024 Ljubljana/Brdo

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met the President of Slovenia Nataša Pirc Musar and other key personalities during an official visit to the country. During her meetings, the Secretary General discussed the follow-up to the Reykjavik Summit and the forthcoming 75th anniversary of the...

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Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the death penalty in the United States of America

Committee of Ministers 2 February 2024 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers deplores the execution on 25 January in the State of Alabama of Mr Kenneth Eugene Smith, who was already subject to a failed execution in 2022. The Committee of Ministers is particularly concerned by the unprecedented use in the State of Alabama of a new and...

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Secretary General appoints David Best as Special Representative on Migration and Refugees

Secretary General 1 February 2024 Strasbourg

Today, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić announced the appointment of Swiss diplomat David Best as her Special Representative on Migration and Refugees. The Council of Europe provides a close dialogue and support to its member States in responding to these challenges on the basis of the...

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Congress President welcomes steps to restore regional government in Northern Ireland

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 31 January 2024 Strasbourg

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Marc Cools, has made the following statement today: “Following the end of the boycott by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), steps can now be taken to reconstitute the Northern Ireland Assembly and thus...

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Bulgaria: Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee again highly critical of situation in psychiatric institutions, notes progress in social care homes

CPT 31 January 2024 Strasbourg

Continued ill-treatment of psychiatric patients by staff demonstrates, once again, a continuing serious failure by the Ministry of Health to prevent and eradicate such unacceptable behaviour. Therapy opportunities in psychiatric institutions remain deficient, staffing levels insufficient and the...

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More efforts needed to promote German outside the Danish-German border area

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 29 january 2024 Strasbourg

A new report by the Council of Europe´s Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages has concluded that the Danish authorities continue to provide a high level of protection for the German language, which is the only regional or minority language protected under...

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Secretary General meets United Kingdom Attorney General

Secretary General 26 January 2024 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met the Attorney General of the United Kingdom Victoria Prentis. The meeting focused on the state of play of the Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The Secretary General recalled that the Register is...

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PACE sets out its vision of a democratic future for Belarus

Parliamentary Assembly session 26 January 2024 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has set out wide-ranging proposals to build a democratic future for Belarus – including a new set of measures to support Belarusian democratic forces led by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who also addressed the Assembly. Approving a resolution...

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Secretary General highlights Council of Europe 75th anniversary at Assembly Winter plenary session

Secretary General 25 January 2024 Strasbourg

“This May we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Council of Europe and I think it is important to recognise how far we have come. No other continent has ever put in place a common legal area, protecting, and promoting common standards in human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. Doing...

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Situation in Belarus

Secretary General 25 January 2024 Strasbourg

Statement by the Secretary General

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Foreign Minister Hasler: in the spirit of the Reykjavík Summit, the Council of Europe marks its 75th anniversary united around its values

Parliamentary Assembly session 25 January 2024 Strasbourg

United around our values - “The 75th anniversary of the Council of Europe that we are celebrating this year is taking place under the same motto that brought our leaders together in Reykjavík,” said Dominique Hasler, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sport of Liechtenstein and President...

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Photo exhibition “Beyond borders: Ukraine’s untold stories” opens in Strasbourg

Secretary General 25 January 2024 Strasbourg

A photographic exhibition depicting the suffering of people displaced from Ukraine by the ongoing full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation, entitled “Beyond borders: Ukraine’s untold stories” opened today in the Council of Europe’s headquarters. In her opening remarks, Secretary General...

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