First meeting of the Coordination Group on Migration, publication of Bulgaria report and call for tenders


On 23 April 2018, the Special Representative published the report of his fact-finding mission to Bulgaria. The SRSG recognised the efforts made by Bulgaria to cope with the challenges of a high number of arrivals of migrants and refugees, but highlights concerns about difficulties they face in...

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Recent migration-related ECtHR case-law


On 10 April 2018, In a Chamber judgment in the case of Bistieva and Others v. Poland (application no. 75157/14), concerning the detention of a woman and her three minor children in a centre for foreigners in Poland, the Court found a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family...

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The Commissioner calls on Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve assistance to asylum-seekers and migrants


On 15 May 2018, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a letter addressed to the Ministers for Human Rights and Refugees and for Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she urges the authorities to spare no effort in order to improve their handling of migrants’ arrivals....

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CPT published reports on Bulgaria and Cyprus, and visits Greece


On 4 May 2018, the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report on its visit to Bulgaria. The CPT delegation reported allegations of physical ill-treatment by custodial staff at the Special Home for...

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Diaspora Forum, three migration-related reports and fact-finding missions to Turkey and Lebanon


4 June 2018, in Paris, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Migration Committee will adopt reports and resolutions on extra-territorial processing of asylum applications, on the external dimension of EU migration policies and on the humanitarian situation in the countries...

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Report on Prague International Conference “Immigration Detention of Children: Coming to a Close?"


The Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Council of Europe has published a report on the Prague International Conference "Immigration Detention of Children: Coming to a Close?". The two-day international expert conference on 25-26 September 2017, sought to explore the...

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Fighting discrimination in the education system


On 16-17 May 2018, in Bečići, Montenegro, a regional conference was organised in the framework of the Horizontal Facility project “Fostering a democratic culture” in partnership with the Montenegrin Ministry of Education. Fighting discrimination in education, supporting the integration of migrant...

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