Addressing hate speech in the context of migration and young refugees’ rights in their transition to adulthood


On 7 November 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia, the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees (SRSG) participated in the Regional Conference “Addressing hate speech in the media: the role of regulatory authorities and the judiciary", organised by the Council of Europe in...

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Report on Greece, letter to Croatia and Human Rights Comment on LGBTI asylum seekers


On 6 November 2018, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a report on her visit to Greece carried out in June. “Greece should take urgent steps and adopt long-term policies to improve the reception and integration of migrants and to reverse the adverse...

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Congress adopted a report on border regions facing the migrations


On 6 November 2018, the Regional Chamber of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities adopted a resolution and recommendation on border regions facing migration phenomena prepared by Rapporteur Eirini DOUROU (Governor of Attica, Greece). Representatives of the Association of European Border...

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Committee of Ministers examins migration-related cases


On 12-17 October 2018, at their 1327th meeting, the Committee of Ministers closed the case of Mohammed v. Austria. The case concerned the the Sudanese applicant's lack of an effective remedy in respect of his complaint of non-refoulement (that his forced transfer from Austria to Hungary would be...

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Launch of Council of Europe HELP course on refugee and migrant children in the United Kingdom and Spain


On 23 November 2018, in Barcelona, the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees, Tomáš Boček and the Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) of the Council of Europe will launch a course on refugee and migrant children. The course is adapted...

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Draft recommendation on supporting young refugees in transition to adulthood and training on social inclusion of young refugees


On 16-17 October 2018, more than 110 governmental and non-governmental representatives took part in the last meeting of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ), the co-managed decision-making body of the Council of Europe’s youth sector. On this occasion, the CMJ approved a draft Committee of Ministers’...

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Almost 200 European Qualifications Passports for Refugees issued so far


From 12 to 16 November 2018, in Turin and Milan, Italy, new assessment sessions are being held in the context of the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) initiative. Education International is participating in the first two days as observers and the three teams of evaluators come...

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Preventing, combating and responding to sexual and gender based violence and trafficking in human beings


On 30 October 2018, the UNHCR and the Council of Europe in cooperation with the National Courts Administration and the Office of Prosecutor General of the Republic of Lithuania, organised a joint seminar on “Preventing, Combating and Responding to Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Trafficking...

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