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 Russia's war against Ukraine 

The Russian Federation’s military aggression against Ukraine that started on 24 February 2022, has changed the face of Europe and has had a profound impact on the Council of Europe.

Since the very start of Russia’s military aggression, the Council of Europe has been mobilising all instruments available to ensure the Russian Federation’s full accountability for violations of human rights and for serious violations of international law, as well as for providing compensation to the victims of Russia’s aggression.

The Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation Against Ukraine, created under the Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe is a first step towards an international compensation mechanism. The Register was created at the Council of Europe Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 16-17 May 2023.  Forty-two countries and the European Union have joined the Register as members or associate members, so far.

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23 February 2024

Council of Europe marks two years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine

Extraordinary meeting of Ministers’ Deputies (23 February 2024) - Second anniversary of full-scale aggression of Russian Federation against Ukraine

Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine: Two years on

22 February 2024

Two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine: Declaration of the Congress Bureau

21 February 2024

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

19 February 2024

Photo exhibition “The DAWN" on Ukrainian children who suffered under Russian bombardment and occupation opens in Strasbourg

25 January 2024

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

Situation of Ukrainian children: PACE calls for urgent measures and international co-operation

Educational responses to crises: Lessons learned from Ukraine and other European countries

18 January 2024

Support for young people from Ukraine: special call for 2024 youth organisations projects

14 December 2023

The Board of the Register of Damage for Ukraine holds its inaugural meeting

13 December 2023

European Court of Human Rights hears “Ukraine v. Russia” case

12 December 2023

Secretary General meets EU Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency 

12 December 2023

Secretary General meets UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Russia

4 December 2023

High-Level Dialogue on Democratic Governance Reforms in Ukraine

1 December 2023

Council of Europe Consultation Group on the Children of Ukraine launched

Deputy Secretary General at the 30th OSCE Ministerial Council in Skopje to reaffirm Council of Europe’s unwavering support to Ukraine

17 November 2023

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) approves €100 million loan for restoration of health infrastructure damaged by the war in Ukraine

16 November 2023

Conference of Participants of the Register of Damage for Ukraine elects its Board

13 November 2023

Mental well-being of young people affected by war: Seminar at European Youth Centre in Budapest

2 November 2023

Youth work in Ukraine: Council of Europe supports exchanges with Finland and Ireland

13 October 2023

Parliamentary Assembly Session
Parliamentary Assembly condemns Russian aggression against Ukraine, calls for comprehensive, just and lasting peace

11 October 2023

Secretary General
Secretary General meets Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs

10 October 2023

Parliamentary Assembly Session
PACE to create a ‘contact platform’ for dialogue with representatives of Russian democratic opposition forces

Secretary General
Marija Pejčinović Burić meets Secretary General of the Government of Romania, Minister Abrudean

9 October 2023

Secretary General
Secretary General at inauguration of exhibition "Uprooted Children: Stories of Ukrainian Children Saved from the Deportation of the Russian Federation"

4 October 2023

Council of Europe video highlights the need for unity in face of Russian aggression against Ukraine

Secretary General
Secretary General meets the President of the Czech Republic Pavel

28 September 2023

Lanzarote Committee
The Lanzarote Committee urges Russia to co-operate on the protection against sexual exploitation and abuse of unlawfully transferred or deported Ukrainian children

19 September 2023

Council of Europe Development Bank
Ukraine: first CEB operation to support housing repairs for households affected by war

12 September 2023

The Conference of Participants of the Register of damage for Ukraine holds its second meeting

11 September 2023

Council of Europe ministers of Justice met in Riga to support justice for Ukraine

Secretary General

Secretary General at Justice Conference in Riga: “The Register is the first step towards any future compensation mechanism”

10 September 2023

Joint statement on illegitimate elections in parts of Ukraine temporarily occupied by Russia

5 September 2023

Committee of Ministers

Ukraine and the Register of Damage Caused by the Russian Aggression on the agenda of the meeting of Ministers of Justice in Riga

4 September 2023

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Congress condemns local elections in occupied Ukrainian territories

23 August 2023

Secretary General

Council of Europe supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity, including Crimea, says Secretary General

31 July 2023

Congress supports Ukraine in strengthening dialogue between national, regional and local authorities

17 July 2023

Seat of Register of Damage: Secretary General signs agreement with the Netherlands

27 June 2023

The Conference of Participants of the Register of damage caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine holds its first meeting

17 May 2023

Council of Europe Summit creates register of damage for Ukraine as first step towards an international compensation mechanism for victims of Russian aggression

9 May 2023

Secretary General joins the summit of leaders for creation of Special Tribunal on the crime of aggression against Ukraine

4 April 2023

Visit to Ukraine: Secretary General meets President Zelenskyy

31 March 2023

Anniversary of the liberation of towns Bucha and Irpin

22 March 2023

War in Ukraine : Congress adopts strong declaration

6 March 2023

“No peace without justice and accountability" – Council of Europe took part in high-level international Lviv conference “United for Justice”

Commissioner for Human Rights
Urgent action needed to reunite Ukrainian children transferred to Russia and Russian-occupied territories with their families

3 March 2023

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE welcomes European solidarity with displaced Ukrainians, and urges support for all refugees

2 March 2023

Parliamentary Assembly
Current affairs debate: supporting Ukraine a year after the beginning of the Russian Federation’s large-scale war of aggression

1 March 2023

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
SRSG on Migration and Refugees publishes report on fact-finding mission to Romania

25 February 2023

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
One year of war: President meets Ukrainian refugees in Romania

24 February 2023

Council of Europe ceremony marks one year of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine
Secretary General meets Committee of Ministers President

Committee of Ministers
Committee of Ministers stresses urgent need to establish accountability and compensation mechanisms in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President: "People of Ukraine, you shall overcome. You are not alone"

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Gunn Marit Helgesen in Gdansk: Ukrainian communities contribute to democratic and European aspirations of Ukraine

Conference of INGOs
The fundamental rights of Ukrainian children must be respected – Conference of INGOs Declaration

23 February 2023

Brutal aggression against Ukraine: One Year On

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
The Congress Bureau declaration on the one-year anniversary of Russia´s invasion of Ukraine

22 February 2023

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Congress launches new project to strengthen local democracy in Ukraine

17 February 2023

One year since the war against Ukraine started: Council of Europe ceremony in support of the Ukrainian people

8 February 2023

Secretary General
Secretary General sees key role for Council of Europe in establishing accountability for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and securing justice for victims 

7 February 2023

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
Project “Strengthening human rights of refugees and migrants in Republic of Moldova” launched in Chisinau

2 February 2023

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Localisation of human rights in Ukraine: the Congress responds to the call

30 January 2023

Secretary General
Secretary General meets Ukrainian Parliament Human Rights Commissioner Dmytro Lubinets

27 January 2023

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
CoE/UNHCR roundtable in the Czech Republic: Effective protection of migrants and refugees in a vulnerable situation, including women and children fleeing Ukraine

26 January 2023

Prime Minister of Iceland calls for justice for Ukraine war victims and a system of accountability for human rights violations and crimes

Parliamentary Assembly
European solidarity in the context of asylum and international protection  
Forcefully displaced Ukrainians: a blind spot addressed by the Migration Committee
PACE unanimously demands an international tribunal to prosecute Russian and Belarusian leaders for the crime of aggression against Ukraine

25 January 2023

Secretary General
Secretary General meets Oleksandra Matviichuk, pledges full support to Ukrainian civil society

24 January 2023

Secretary General
Secretary General: Ukraine is our priority and Russia must account for its aggression; urges ambition for upcoming summit

18 January 2023

Parliamentary Assembly
Dutch support for ad hoc tribunal on the crime of aggression

1 January 2023

Parliamentary Assembly
‘The pursuit of peace’ – a New Year’s message from PACE President Tiny Kox

21 December 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
#HourForUkraine: on the 300th day of Russia’s war of aggression, the Council of Europe ‘goes dark’ in solidarity with Ukraine

Gender equality
New manual on response to conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine

20 December 2022

Round table surveys Human Rights situation in Crimea and Sevastopol

19 December 2022

Psychological support for refugees: training to strengthen capacities of professionals working in Poland

14 December 2022

Committee of Ministers
Resilience, recovery and reconstruction: Council of Europe adopts new Action Plan for Ukraine

13 December 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
Compensation mechanisms for Ukraine the focus of a PACE hearing in Paris

9 December 2022

Human Rights Day: Council of Europe leaders call for collective action to end impunity for crimes committed against Ukraine

8 December 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
“Local and regional authorities are playing a key role in Ukraine’s survival and resilience,” says Congress President at World for Ukraine Summit

2 December 2022

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
The meeting of Focal Points on Migration confirmed the commitment of member states to protect persons in a vulnerable situation fleeing Ukraine

25 November 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
Current affairs debate on escalation in Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine

24 November 2022

Secretary General
Secretary General condemns Russia's attacks on hospitals and infrastructure in Ukraine, with repercussions in Moldova
Ukraine: We must help victims of sexual violence by Russian soldiers

23 November 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
World for Ukraine Summit: developing partnerships between Ukrainian and European cities

18 November 2022

Commissioner for Human Rights
Protecting and supporting children impacted by the war in Ukraine must be top priority

10 November 2022

Special call for activities to support young people from Ukraine
Good Democratic Governance in Ukraine: a High-level Dialogue in Strasbourg

1 November 2022

Gender equality
The Istanbul Convention entered into force on 1 November in Ukraine

28 October 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President: “There should be no impunity, neither for the Russian President and Government, nor for the Parliament”

25 October 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
"We are defending not only Ukraine, but also European democratic values," Kyiv Mayor Klitschko and Minister Chernyshov tell Congress

20 October 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
Consequences of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine for parliaments and inter-parliamentary co-operation

14 October 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
Russia’s so-called referendums in Ukraine ‘null and void’, says PACE

13 October 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
Volodymyr Zelenskyy tells PACE: ‘Never yet in history was united Europe as strong as it is today’

11 October 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Council of Europe Congress President condemns Russia’s airstrikes on Ukrainian cities and the deliberate targeting of civilians
Strengthened co-operation between the Congress, Open Government Partnership and the Association of Ukrainian Cities

10 October 2022

Council of Europe leaders condemn Russian air strikes against towns and cities in Ukraine

Commissioner for Human Rights
Justice for victims of missile attacks on Ukraine’s civilian population

3 October 2022

Education
Webinar on preliminary results of the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees Task Force on recognition of Ukrainian qualifications

30 September 2022

Council of Europe leaders condemn the illegal annexation of occupied territories of Ukraine

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Council of Europe Congress President condemns illegal annexation by the Russian Federation of Ukrainian territories

28 September 2022

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
Migration and Refugees : Republic of Moldova fact-finding mission
Migration and Refugees : Poland fact-finding mission

27 September 2022

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM)
War in Ukraine, Covid-19 and climate change key challenges for national minorities

23 September 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
President of the Congress, Leendert Verbeek: "So-called referendums organised in the occupied territories of Ukraine are a denial of the rule of law, human rights and democracy"

21 September 2022

Secretary General
Council of Europe Secretary General rejects so-called ‘referenda’ in occupied Ukrainian territories

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
CoE/UNHCR roundtable: effective protection of vulnerable migrants and refugees, including women and children fleeing Ukraine

16 September 2022

Russia ceases to be party to the European Convention on Human Rights

15 September 2022

Secretary General
Secretary General: Millions of Russians no longer protected by the European Convention on Human Rights
Secretary General deplores Russian plans for a referendum to annex Ukrainian territories

Committee of Ministers
No impunity for Russia’s crimes against Ukraine

14 September 2022

Secretary General
Secretary General meets First Lady of Ukraine

6 September 2022

Václav Havel Human Rights Prize
Three candidates shortlisted for the 2022 Václav Havel Prize

5 September 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Congress President condemns the continuing abduction of Ukrainian local elected representatives

31 August 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Congress President warns of fictitious Russian "referendums" in Ukrainian territories

29 August 2022

European Court of Human Rights
Measures changed in respect of cases involving Ukraine
The Court has decided to review the measures applied in respect of cases involving Ukraine since the aggression of the Russian Federation and return in some aspects to normal processing of such cases from 1 September 2022.
Outgoing correspondence with the applicants will resume, in so far as possible, and general information addressed to all applicants will be made available on the Court’s Internet site. Case processing will resume and new time limits will be fixed for pending cases, taking into account as far as feasible the possibilities for the parties to respond effectively. The notification and publication of decisions and judgments will resume gradually. 
Press release

Commissioner for Human Rights
Statement on the occasion of the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

24 August 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President, marking Ukraine’s independence day: ‘Ukraine needs Europe, and Europe needs Ukraine’

European Court of Human Rights
Request for interim measures concerning an inter-State case
The ECHR has decided that a request for interim measures, in the context of the inter-State case Ukraine v. Russia (X), received from the Ukrainian Government with regard to Ukrainian prisoners of war captured by Russian forces was already covered by a decision taken in the case of Oliynichenko v. Russia and Ukraine.
In that decision, concerning a member of the Ukrainian military allegedly captured in Mariupol, the Court had held that any requests made on behalf of Ukrainian prisoners of war in Russian custody in which sufficient evidence had been provided to show a serious and imminent risk of irreparable harm would be covered by the measures in that case.
Press release 
Factsheet: Interim measures 
Questions and Answers on Inter-State applications

23 August 2022

Council of Europe will continue to support Crimea and all of Ukraine, says Secretary General

22 August 2022

Secretary General took part in Second Summit of Crimea Platform

15 July 2022

Council of Europe at the Ministerial Ukraine Accountability Conference

13 July 2022

Special Representative on Migration and Refugees (SRSG)
SRSG on Migration and Refugees publishes reports of visit to Czech and Slovak Republics

8 July 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Local authorities and associations engage in strengthening multi-level governance and co-operation in Ukraine

Commissioner for Human Rights
The Commissioner publishes her memorandum on the human rights consequences of the war in Ukraine

7 July 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Women and children refugees - Congress delegation collects experiences from Polish cities

5 July 2022

Ukraine’s full recovery must be underpinned by good governance and European values, says Secretary General

1 July 2022

European Court of Human Rights
Interim measures concerning the Russian Federation and Ukraine
The Court has indicated interim measures in the case of Oliynichenko v. Russia and Ukraine.
In this case, the applicant’s husband is allegedly a prisoner of war being held by Russian forces. The Court indicated that the Russian Government should ensure respect for his Convention rights and provide him with medical assistance should he need it.
The Court also stated that these interim measures cover any requests made on behalf of Ukrainian prisoners of war in Russian custody in which sufficient evidence has been provided to show that they face a serious and imminent risk of irreparable harm to their physical integrity and/or right to life.
Press release 
Factsheet: Interim measures

30 June 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Ukraine: Statement by Congress President condemning the abduction of the Mayor of Kherson

European Court of Human Rights
Interim measures granted concerning Russia and Ukraine
The ECHR has granted interim measures in the cases of Pinner v. Russia and Ukraine and Aslin v. Russia and Ukraine.
The cases concern two British nationals, members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who surrendered
to the Russian forces during recent hostilities and have since been sentenced to death in the socalled
“Donetsk People’s Republic”.
The Court indicated to the Government of the Russian Federation that they should ensure that the death penalty imposed on the applicants was not carried out; ensure appropriate conditions of their detention; and provide them with any necessary medical assistance and medication. The Court also indicated to the Government of Ukraine to ensure, in so far as it was possible to do so, respect for the Convention rights of the applicants. 
Press release 
Factsheet: Interim measures 
Factsheet: Death penalty abolition
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HELP Programme (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals)
HELP Network conference focuses on Council of Europe response to the war in Ukraine

29 June 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE delegation, ending Kyiv visit: ‘The worst crime of all is the war itself'

European Court of Human Rights
Inter-State case Ukraine v. Russia (X)
The Court has received a completed application form in the inter-State case Ukraine v. Russia (X).
The case concerns the Ukrainian Government’s allegations of mass and gross human-rights violations committed by the Russian Federation in its military operations on the territory of Ukraine since 24 February 2022. The President of the Court has assigned the case to the Fourth Section and given notice of the application to the respondent State.
Press release
Inter-State applications 
Questions and Answers on Inter-State applications

28 June 2022

Secretary General
Council of Europe statement on missile attack in Kremenchuk

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President reacts to wave of Russian strikes against civilians in Ukraine

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Association of Ukrainian Cities receives Benjamin Barber Global Cities Award 2022

23 June 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
King of The Netherlands: 'Brute force and misuse of power can never be allowed to have the last word'
Current affairs debate: "Consequences of the blockade of the Black Sea"

22 June 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
In address to PACE, Greek President calls for a strengthened Council of Europe
Protecting and caring for unaccompanied or separated migrant and refugee children
Addressing the needs of refugees and displaced persons and the humanitarian crisis caused by Russia's aggression against Ukraine
Women at the forefront in war and peace

21 June 2022

Secretary General
Marija Pejčinović Burić: upholding the principles of democratic security requires political will

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE holds a high-level panel on ‘Upholding democratic security in Europe’
In the new security context, Council of Europe states should renew their commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law
Widespread fear and impunity characterise the ‘dismal human rights situation’ in the North Caucasus

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
“The reconstruction will be grounded on the strength that we are witnessing today from Ukrainian cities and villages” says Congress President
Regional Support for Ukraine

Freedom of Expression
The photo exhibition dedicated to the work of journalists in Ukraine during the war opened in Strasbourg

20 June 2022

Council of Europe and UNHCR: anyone fleeing war or persecution has the right to seek safety and protection

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President urges members not to get used to the war in Ukraine

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
World Refugee Day: Congress Rapporteurs call on European cities and regions to protect women and children on the run

Commissioner for Human Rights
LISTEN by War Childhood Museum: let’s make the voices of children affected by war heard

17 June 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
World Refugee Day: as parliamentarians, our duty is to protect all those seeking refuge in Europe

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
The Republic of Moldova is deploying extraordinary efforts to welcome people fleeing war in Ukraine, but needs additional resources and expertise

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
Continued use of the situation of Russian as a minority language as a pretext for aggression against Ukraine unacceptable

16 June 2022

Secretary General
Secretary General’s report on the human rights situation in Crimea: Committee of Ministers gravely concerned

10 June 2022

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
The Network of Focal Points on Migration meeting on the situation of the people fleeing Ukraine and child-friendly approaches and procedures for all refugees and migrants

9 June 2022

Secretary General
Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
SRSG on Migration and Refugees to visit Republic of Moldova

7 June 2022

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
Poland is the main country receiving people fleeing the war in Ukraine: medium and long-term solutions are needed

Good Goverance
Ukraine: a Roadmap for the Recovery after the war

3 June 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President on 100th day of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine: stop the war, restore peace, let justice be done
Measures to address the needs of refugees and displaced persons and the humanitarian crisis caused by Russia's aggression against Ukraine
Protecting and caring for unaccompanied or separated migrant and refugee children

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Council of Europe Congress President in Ukraine

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)
CEB approves almost €1.2 billion in new loans with focus on aid for Ukrainian refugees

25 May 2022

Office of the Directorate General of Programmes
Adjusted Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2022 adopted by the Committee of Ministers

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
SRSG on Migration and Refugees to visit Poland

23 May 2022

Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 
Council of Europe committee deplores Russia’s usage of minority rights as a pretext for invading Ukraine

20 May 2022

Committee of Ministers
Condemnation of Russia, Council of Europe’s priorities, assistance for Ukraine - Foreign Affairs Ministers’ meeting concludes in Turin
Protecting rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls: Council of Europe recommendation adopted

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President calls for a summit to renew, improve and reinforce the Council of Europe

17 May 2022

Deputy Secretary General
Finland makes €2 million voluntary contribution to support Ukraine

Congress of local and regional authorities
Bernd Vöhringer at CEPLI: “Local and regional effort will help build resilient societies in response to today’s crises”

Commissioner for Human Rights
LGBTI people affected by the war in Ukraine need protection

16-20 May 2022

Education
European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) supports Ukrainian refugees’ access to job market in Europe

16 May 2022

IDAHOT: LGBTI persons fleeing war face specific risks and need protection
Foreign ministers meet in Turin to discuss their response to Russian Federation aggression against Ukraine

Parliamentary Assembly
In the light of Russia’s aggression, time to give fresh impetus to ‘democratic security’ and the role of the Council of Europe

13 May 2022

LGBTI rights in Ukraine conflict in focus at Cyprus conference

12 May 2022

Slovak Republic, Czech Republic commended for their efforts in hosting refugees from Ukraine

11 May 2022

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)
CEB approves almost €2 million to help refugees from Ukraine in Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania and the Republic of Moldova

10 May 2022

Secretary General in Ukraine

Parliamentary Assembly
Humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine: PACE rapporteur assesses situation in Slovakia, Ukraine and Romania

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
Slovak Republic, Czech Republic commended for their efforts – Council of Europe offers targeted support to persons in a vulnerable situation fleeing Ukraine

9 May 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
Tiny Kox: ‘Confronted by barbarism, let us stand united in defence of European principles and ideals’

7 May 2022

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

6 May 2022

Reassembling the building blocks of democracy to respond to violent nationalism

4 May 2022

Secretary General - Europe must remain resilient in the face of aggression and war
Council of Europe experts release guidance to protect Ukrainian refugees from traffickers

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
GRETA issues Guidance Note on addressing the risks of trafficking in human beings related to the war in Ukraine and the ensuing humanitarian crisis

29 April 2022

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

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Supporting Ukraine: Council of Europe Congress President meets representatives of Kyiv City Council

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
SRSG on Migration and Refugees to visit the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic

28 April 2022

PACE calls for an ad hoc international criminal tribunal to hold to account perpetrators of the crime of aggression against Ukraine 
Confiscated homes of Russian citizens should house refugees, Assembly says

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers
The expulsion of Russia from the Council of Europe was inevitable, Di Maio tells PACE

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE calls for the setting up of an ad hoc international criminal tribunal to hold to account perpetrators of the crime of aggression against Ukraine
Women at the forefront in war and peace

27 April 2022

Russian aggression must stop, Assembly urges

Parliamentary Assembly
Committee calls for banning Russian and Belarusian nationals from all events in the fields of sport, science, education and media in member States
Houses and apartments confiscated from Russian citizens and state enterprises subject to targeted sanctions should house refugees
PACE urges maximum pressure on Russia to cease its aggression and unity in supporting Ukraine

26 April 2022

Secretary General
“We must do everything we can to support Ukraine”, Secretary General tells PACE

Parliamentary Assembly
Strengthening the strategic partnership between the Council of Europe and the EU
Committee takes stock of the parliamentary monitoring procedure in respect of Russia

Commissioner for Human Rights
Commissioner presents her annual report to the Parliamentary Assembly

25 April 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE spring session: the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine
PACE committee urges maximum pressure on Russia to cease its aggression and unity in supporting Ukraine
PACE President urges members to help restore peace in Ukraine
‘Women@PACE’ members strongly condemn the use of rape as a weapon of war in Ukraine

22 April 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE Spring Session: the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

21 April 2022

Council of Europe expert advisory group starts its work supporting Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Office

European Centre for Modern Languages
New ECML website offering dedicated support for the (linguistic) integration of refugees from Ukraine

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)
Czech Republic and CEB sign a grant of almost €400,000 to facilitate early integration of refugees from Ukraine

20 April 2022

Commissioner for Human Rights
People in the besieged city of Mariupol must urgently be protected from harm

14 April 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE spring session: the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Young people as defenders of human rights and democracy in times of war

13 April 2022

How well are states protecting children from sexual exploitation and abuse during the refugee crisis?

12 April 2022

Education
Education in time of crisis

8 April 2022

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
Refugees fleeing Ukraine: exchange of information with international partners

Parliamentary Assembly
International Roma Day 2022: time to topple antigypsyism

Commissioner for Human Rights
Kramatorsk: Those responsible for the terrible loss of civilian life must be held accountable
His Holiness Pope Francis and Commissioner Mijatović discuss the human rights of migrants and the humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine

Conference of INGOs
Open letter from the President of the Conference of INGOs to the Permanent Representations to the Council of Europe on the war in Ukraine

Good Governance
Local governments unite for welfare and peace”: online marathon series between Ukrainian local leaders and their international counterparts

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)
“Judges and prosecutors for Ukraine”: launch of a new platform connecting with Ukrainian judges and prosecutors

7 April 2022

Secretay General
Children’s rights in crisis and emergency situations: a new Council of Europe priority for 2022-2027
Roma in Ukraine and throughout Europe in 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
Tiny Kox: ‘international solidarity with the children of Ukraine is now obligatory’

Commissioner for Human Rights
Let us fight discrimination and prejudices against Roma fleeing the war in Ukraine

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)
CEB issues a new social inclusion bond to bolster its response to Ukraine refugee crisis

Children's Rights
Declaration on the consequences of the aggression of the Russian Federation for the children in Ukraine

6 April 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President and political group leaders meet Ukrainian Speaker in Lviv
PACE General Rapporteur denounces the horrifying sexual violence reportedly perpetrated by Russian military forces in Ukraine
Ending first Council of Europe official visit to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression, PACE delegation expresses solidarity with the Ukrainian people

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Council of Europe Congress President condemns the crimes against Ukrainian citizens and elected local leaders

Commissioner for Human Rights
Justice needed for residents of Bucha and all other victims of the war in Ukraine

5 April 2022

Secretary General
Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on the atrocities in Bucha

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
Statement of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) on the consequences of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine

4 April 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
Houses and apartments confiscated from Russian oligarchs should house refugees

Roma and Travellers
Roma from Ukraine, we hear you!

3 April 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President reacts to reports of civilian killings by Russian forces around Kyiv

1 April 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
General rapporteur expresses deep concern for the rights of LGBTI people in or fleeing Ukraine
Saving lives and defending democracy – flak jackets for women in the Ukrainian parliament

European Court of Human Rights
Interim measures concerning the Russian Federation
The Court has indicated a number of interim measures to the Government of the Russian Federation in relation to the military action which commenced on 24 February 2022 in various parts of Ukraine. It also reiterated that the interim measure indicated on 13 March 2014 to both the Russian Federation and Ukraine in relation to the events in eastern Ukraine remain in force. 
Press release 
Questions and Answers on Inter-State applications

Conference of Ministers of Culture
Declaration on the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine

Youth
The CMJ expresses its unwavering solidarity and support to Ukraine

31 March 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Congress President in the Committee of the Regions: European cities can help Ukrainian counterparts through a new online platform

European Court of Human Rights
Measures in cases concerning Ukraine remain unchanged
Upon reassessment of the application of the measures adopted in cases concerning Ukraine following the military attack against it, it has been decided that they shall continue to apply until further notice. 
Press release

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)
Statement from the CPT President

30 March 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Congress President strongly condemns abductions of Ukrainian mayors and elected representatives

Freedom of expression
Mariupol - testimony of a journalist

29 March 2022

Education
Credentials evaluators trained on evaluating qualifications of Ukrainian refugees

28 March 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Cities4Cities: Launch of an online matching platform for cities to support Ukrainian local and regional authorities

Commissioner for Human Rights
Life-saving humanitarian and medical aid should immediately be allowed to reach the residents of Mariupol

Good Governance
CDDG adopts statement on the aggression of Ukraine by the Russian Federation

25 March 2022

Lanzarote Committee
Urgent need to protect Ukrainian children in migration from sexual abuse

24 March 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE spring session: the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

Commissioner for Human Rights
Commissioner urges more coordinated efforts by all member states to meet the humanitarian needs and protect the human rights of people fleeing the war in Ukraine
Russian civil society needs support of Council of Europe member states

Education
The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees undertakes measures in support of Ukrainian refugees

European Social Charter
Statement of the European Committee of Social Rights on the crisis caused by the Russian Federation’s military aggression against Ukraine

23 March 2022

Committee of Ministers
Russia ceases to be a Party to the European Convention of Human Rights on 16 September 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Congress holds debates on the war in Ukraine, local democracy in Germany and involving children in sustainable development

European Court of Human Rights
Plenary Court's Resolution on Russia’s cessation of membership to the CoE
On 22 March 2022, the ECHR has adopted a Resolution on the consequences of the cessation of membership of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe in light of Article 58 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Press release
Press release (in Russian)

22 March 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Council of Europe Congress condemns war against Ukraine and calls on Russian Federation to meet its obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law

Children's Rights
Resources supporting Ukrainian children’s right to education

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)
CEB approves additional €2.6 million to urgently assist refugees from Ukraine

21 March 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
Committee calls for evacuation of persons fleeing Russian aggression against Ukraine from neighbouring countries

Venice Commission
As Venice Commission adopts opinions on key constitutional issues, it voices “firm condemnation” against Russian aggression

18 March 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Communication from the Secretary General of the Congress to the Committee of Ministers: We continue to work to defend the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law while standing with Ukraine

Good Governance
#StandWithUkraine – CONFERENCE – Local Governments Unite for Welfare and Peace

17 March 2022

Committee of Ministers
Committee of Ministers suspends relations with the Belarusian authorities

Parliamentary Assembly
‘Women@PACE’ group: co-ordinated support for women in Ukraine

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)
Human trafficking experts: States must urgently protect refugees fleeing Ukraine

Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion (CDADI)
CDADI observations on the consequences of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine 

Education
Steering Committee for Education (CDEDU): Statement on the educational consequences of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine

16 March 2022

Committee of Ministers
The Russian Federation is excluded from the Council of Europe

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President on Russia’s exclusion from the Council of Europe: ‘sad but necessary’

European Court of Human Rights
Decision to suspend examination of all applications against Russian Federation
Following the Resolution of the Committee of Ministers that the Russian Federation ceases to be a member of the Council of Europe as from 16 March 2022 (Resolution (CM/Res(2022)2), the Court has decided to suspend the examination of all applications against the Russian Federation pending its consideration of the legal consequences of this Resolution  for the work of the Court.
Press release

15 March 2021

Council of Europe leaders make joint statement on the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the Council of Europe

Parliamentary Assembly
The Russian Federation can no longer be a member State of the Council of Europe, PACE says

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Congress President strongly condemns abduction of Mayors and pressure on local and regional authorities in Ukraine
42nd Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe: situation in Ukraine; local democracy in Germany, Luxembourg, Turkey and the United Kingdom; fake news, threats and violence against mayors in the current crises in Europe

Commissioner for Human Rights
Commissioner’s further steps on the human rights consequences of the war in Ukraine

14 March 2022

Secretary General
Secretary General condemns the Russian Federation’s aggression, calls for solidarity with Ukraine

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers
“Council of Europe has been at the forefront to ensure a prompt, cohesive and strong reaction”, says Della Vedova at PACE

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE to debate the consequences of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine at an extraordinary session
Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine: press conference by the PACE President
A moment of silence for the victims of a brutal war that never should have started
Ukrainian Prime Minister demands that Russia be immediately ousted from the Council of Europe

11 March 2022

Council of Europe Development Bank
CEB approves immediate support to IOM Slovakia for Ukrainian refugees and third-country nationals

10 March 2022

Committee of Ministers
Council of Europe to discuss further measures against Russia

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE General Rapporteur expresses concern at ongoing crackdown on Russian civil society, condemns reprisals

European Court of Human Rights
Measures taken in cases concerning the Russian Federation
The ECHR has decided to take a number of measures which will now be applied in all cases concerning the Russian Federation until further notice owing to the disruption to the postal service since the start of March 2022. Exceptions to the above measures can be decided by the President of the Court of his own motion or on request by the parties. These measures will be reassessed in the light of developments in the postal service and will automatically be lifted if the postal service is resumed.
Press release
Press release (in Russian)

European Court of Human Rights
Interim measure concerning the Russian Federation
The Court has decided to apply an urgent interim measure in the case ANO RID Novaya Gazeta and Others v. Russia. The ECHR, in the interests of the parties and the proper conduct of the proceedings before it, and having regard to the exceptional context in which the request has been lodged, invited the Russian authorities to abstain until further notice from actions and decisions aimed at full blocking and termination of the activities of Novaya Gazeta, and from other actions that in the current circumstances could deprive the Russian daily newspaper of the enjoyment of its rights guaranteed by the Convention.
Press release
Factsheet: Interim measures

Consultative Council of European Judges
Statement of Judge Anke Eilers, President of the Consultative Council of European Judges, on the situation in Ukraine

9 March 2022

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees
The Special Representative convened an extraordinary meeting of the Network of Focal Points on Migration regarding the situation of people fleeing Ukraine

Commissioner for Human Rights
More support urgently needed to assist people fleeing the war in Ukraine and countries of arrival, in particular the Republic of Moldova

Non-Governmental Organisations
Statements by the Conference of INGOs Committees: “Rights of persons who are migrants” and “NGOs as advocates for gender equality and women’s rights”

Pompidou Group
Psychological first aid for Ukrainian people

8 March 2022

Council of Europe leaders make joint statement on the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine

Parliamentary Assembly
‘We see you, women of Ukraine’ – an open letter by PACE President Tiny Kox on International Women’s Day

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
International Women’s Day: “War in Ukraine is a threat to human rights as a whole, but women and children are particularly vulnerable,” says Congress Spokesperson Rena Dourou

7 March 2022

Secretary General
War in Ukraine: protecting women and girls

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President reacts to new Russian law against the media

Commissioner for Human Rights
On International Women’s Day, let us stand with Ukrainian women and girls
Russian authorities should stop the unprecedented crackdown on freedoms of expression, assembly and association in the country

4 March 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE rapporteur concerned for the safety of African, Asian and Middle Eastern students fleeing Ukraine

European Court of Human Rights
Interim measures concerning Russian military operations
The Court has issued a decision on requests for interim measures in individual applications concerning Russian military operations on Ukrainian territory.
Press release
Factsheet: Interim measures
Factsheet: Armed conflicts

Intercultural cities programme
Declaration on Solidarity with Ukraine #StandWithUkraine

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
Russia’s aggression against Ukraine: ECRI's Chair praises the exceptional efforts of other countries to welcome people fleeing from the conflict and warns all sides against the use of any ultra-nationalistic or racist hate speech

3 March 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President calls for open humanitarian corridors for all those in need in Ukraine

2 March 2022

European Court of Human Rights
Measures taken in cases concerning Ukraine
Against the background of the war in Ukraine and following a request received from the Ukrainian Government on 24 February 2022 to “suspend the examination of all applications against Ukraine until further notice”, the ECHR has decided to take a number of measures which will now be applied in all cases concerning Ukraine until further notice. The President of the Court may allow exceptions to those measures where appropriate.
Press release
Press release (in Ukrainian)

Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists
Ukraine: CoE platform partners demand protection of journalist safety

1 March 2022

Commissioner for Human Rights
The killing and suffering of people in Ukraine has to stop now

European Court of Human Rights
Interim measures indicated concerning the Russian Federation
The Court has decided to indicate to the Government of Russia to refrain from military attacks against civilians and civilian objects, including residential premises, emergency vehicles and other specially protected civilian objects such as schools and hospitals, and to ensure immediately the safety of the medical establishments, personnel and emergency vehicles within the territory under attack or siege by Russian troops.
Press release
Factsheet: Interim measures

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)
CEB statement on Ukraine

Venice Commission
Aggression of the Russian Federation against UKRAINE – Statement by President Bazy Malaurie

28 February 2022

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Bureau of the Council of Europe Congress adopts a declaration on the situation in Ukraine

Non-Governmental Organisations
Open letter from the President of the Conference of INGOs on the war against Ukraine

27 February 2022

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President calls on Council of Europe parliaments to ensure the Organisation’s financial sustainability in case of any possible loss of funding as a result of Russia’s suspension

25 February 2022

Council of Europe suspends Russia’s rights of representation

24 February 2022

Secretary General
Statement from Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on the military attack by the Russian Federation on Ukraine

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers
Situation in Ukraine

Committee of Ministers
Situation in Ukraine: Decisions by Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers

Parliamentary Assembly
PACE President reacts to Russian military attack on Ukraine

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Statement by the President of the Council of Europe Congress on the Russian military attack against Ukraine

Commissioner for Human Rights
Commissioner for Human Rights’ statement on the situation in Ukraine

Non-Governmental Organisations
The Conference of INGOs fully supports the statement of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe condemning the Russian military attack against Ukraine

Youth
Statement of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe

23 February 2022

Non-Governmental Organisations
The President of the Conference of INGOs deeply concerned about the situation developing around Ukraine

22 February 2022

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers
Situation in Ukraine

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Council of Europe Congress President condemns the recognition of the so-called ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian Federation

21 February 2022

Secretary General
Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on the recognition of the so-called “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian Federation

Parliamentary Assembly
Statement by PACE President Tiny Kox on the recognition of the so-called ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian Federation

15 February 2022

Council of Europe leaders make joint statement on Ukraine

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