Aleksey Navalny: Council of Europe leaders urge Russia to respect its human rights obligations

Council of Europe 4 February 2021 Strasbourg

The German Federal Government’s Special Representative for the Presidency of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, State Minister Michael Roth, the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Rik Daems, and the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe,...

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Human rights conventions are the ‘soul’ of modern Europe : Secretary General tells PACE

Parliamentary Assembly 25 January 2021 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has underlined the importance of the Organisation’s two key conventions: the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Social Charter. Addressing a hybrid session of the Parliamentary Assembly, she described them as comprising the “soul...

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New cooperation agreement between Council of Europe and OECD

Council of Europe 15 December 2020 Strasbourg

The Secretaries General of the 47-nation Council of Europe and the 37-member Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have signed an updated cooperation agreement on the OECD’s 60th anniversary. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims to give new impetus to the...

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Working together for human rights – at all times and in all places

Secretary General 10 December 2020 Strasbourg

On this Human Rights Day, we are commemorating the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 72 years ago. On 10 December 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted a catalogue of fundamental rights which apply equally to all individuals – regardless of their skin colour, gender,...

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Secretary General in Berlin for conference to mark the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights and bilateral meetings

Secretary General 8 December 2020 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will deliver a keynote speech in Berlin on 9 December at a conference entitled "70 Years of the European Convention on Human Rights - Safeguarding Human Rights in Germany and Europe" organised as part of Germany’s Presidency of the...

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Secretary General: “Local authorities on the front line" in response to Covid-19 challenges

Congress 7 December 2020 Strasbourg

“All levels of government needed to respond to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis and local authorities were and remain on the front line. There will be lessons to learn about the division of competences and the need for coordination between layers of government in crises such as this,”...

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“We cannot allow the home to become a place of fear, again”

Secretary General 24 November 2020 Strasbourg

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

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LGBTI policies in Europe: progress achieved, but more needs to be done

Secretary General 19 November 2020 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić today highlighted substantial progress in the legal and social recognition of LGBTI people: more countries are offering civil unions and equal marriage, there are positive developments in ensuring freedom of assembly and association, in tackling bullying,...

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6th European Day on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Council of Europe 18 November 2020 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the 6th European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (18 November 2020), the following joint statement was made by: The Greek Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, outgoing Chair of the Council of Europe’s...

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