First report on Georgia’s implementation of Istanbul Convention welcomes steps on legislation, calls for more services for victims and dissuasive sanctions for perpetrators

22 NOVEMBER 2022

In its first report on Georgia the Council of Europe’s monitoring body GREVIO has welcomed the many steps taken by the Georgian authorities to align its laws, policies and institutional framework with the standards of the Istanbul Convention. However, further legal amendments are needed, more...

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Conflict in Georgia: Secretary General’s Consolidated Report says human rights challenges persist in conflict-affected areas

16 NOVEMBER 2022 Strasbourg, France

Concerns persist regarding the human rights situation in the areas affected by the armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Georgia in August 2008, according to a report by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić presented to the Committee of Ministers. The bi-annual report (covering...

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Collecting equality data, developing policies and guidance among peers: Equality bodies across South/East Europe equipped with new tools to address hate speech

19 OCTOBER 2022 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

The third and the final workshop on “Addressing hate speech through improving data collection” for equality bodies from Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership region took place on 18-19 October 2022, in Strasbourg. As the previous two events on this subject this year (June, July 2022), but...

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Efficiency and quality of justice in Europe: Council of Europe publishes its 2022 report

5 OCTOBER 2022 Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, 05.10.2022 – In a report, country profiles and an interactive database (all publicly available), the Council of Europe’s European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) sets out the main trends of the judicial systems of 44 European countries and 3 observer States (*). This...

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Call for Tenders for International Short-Term Consultancy

16.08.2022

The Council of Europe is currently implementing a Project on “Strengthening the profession of lawyer in line with European standards” funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe in their Partnership for Good Governance II 2019-2022. Within the framework of this project, the website...

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Georgia should ensure effective implementation of the anti-discrimination legislation and improve protection of human rights in the fields of labour and the environment

15 July 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today the report following her visit to Georgia in February 2022, with recommendations on combating discrimination against LGBTI people and those belonging to religious minorities, as well as protecting human rights...

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Georgia: GRECO publishes new report evaluating progress in preventing corruption in respect of parliamentarians, judges, and prosecutors

13 July 2022 Strasbourg, France

In the new report published today, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe notes some progress towards the implementation of its long-standing recommendations regarding judges and prosecutors, while regretting the lack of any tangible progress concerning members of...

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2022 HELP Network Conference

30 June and 1 July 2022 Strasbourg, France

On 30 June - 1 July 2022 the Council of Europe HELP Programme (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) will hold its 2022 Annual Network Conference in Strasbourg, France, and online. Primarily aimed at Judiciary Schools and Bar Associations throughout the Council of Europe member States...

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

20 June 2022 Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June 2022, the Council of Europe and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) emphasise that anyone fleeing war, conflict or persecution or risking violence, abuse or exploitation, has the right to seek safety and protection. Almost four months into the war in...

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Council of Europe proposes a comprehensive legal and policy framework to combat hate speech

20 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe has issued a set of guidelines to its 46 member states aimed at preventing and combating hate speech, both online and offline. In a Recommendation adopted during its annual session held in Turin, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers calls on governments to develop...

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IDAHOT: LGBTI persons fleeing war face specific risks and need protection

16 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

European states should pay attention to the specific challenges faced by LGBTI asylum seekers fleeing war, declared Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, the current President of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and...

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Secretary General - Europe must remain resilient in the face of aggression and war

4 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has marked Europe Day 2022 by calling on European states to renew their investment in human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the face of “terrible violence and seismic change.” Launching her annual report, Moving Forward 2022, the Secretary...

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Statement by the Secretary General

Press Freedom Day: Media and journalists need better protection

3 May 2022

In a statement to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, urged European governments to provide greater protection to media and journalists so they can perform their essential role in democracy. “In these critical times, when...

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Georgia monitoring: PACE welcomes ‘continuous and marked progress’, lists remaining shortcomings

PACE has welcomed the “continuous and marked progress” made by Georgia in honouring its Council of Europe membership obligations and commitments since 2014, but added that a number of shortcomings and concerns remain. Approving a resolution today, based on a report by Titus Corlatean (Romania,...

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Prison overcrowding: Anti-torture committee calls for limits on prison inmate numbers and promoting non-custodial measures

21 April 2022 Strasbourg. France

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) is calling on European states with persistent prison overcrowding to address this problem with determination by setting a maximum threshold to the number of prisoners in every penal institution - to be strictly respected - and...

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Child self-generated sexual images and videos: new report provides guidance to governments

8 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

Addressing challenges raised by the significant increase and exploitation of child self-generated sexual images and videos is the focus of the new monitoring report presented by the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Committee in Rome. The report covers 43 European states Parties (*) to the Lanzarote...

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Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on International Roma Day

Roma in Ukraine and throughout Europe in 2022

7 April 2022 Strasbourg, France

“8 April is always a welcome opportunity to celebrate Roma people and the contribution that they make to our diverse, modern societies. However, it is also a moment to reflect on the hardship and pain that many Roma individuals and communities experience and to renew our commitment to addressing...

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

7 April 2022

With climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russian Federation’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, securing and protecting children’s rights in crisis and emergency situations has been designated a new priority in the Council of Europe’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child for 2022-2027...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest annual report shows progress amid increasing challenges

30 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

The latest annual report from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on the implementation of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights has highlighted many positive developments whilst also underlining that the system faces a number of serious challenges. The report shows that...

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PACE Monitoring Committee welcomes ‘continuous and marked progress’ in Georgia, lists remaining shortcomings

29 March 2022

The Monitoring Committee of PACE has welcomed the “continuous and marked progress” made by Georgia in honouring its Council of Europe membership obligations and commitments since 2014, but added that a number of shortcomings and concerns remain. Approving a draft resolution today, based on a...

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

23 MARCH 2022 Strasbourg, FRANCE

Following its expulsion from the Council of Europe on 16 March 2022, the Russian Federation will cease to be a High Contracting Party to the European Convention on Human Rights on 16 September 2022. This was confirmed today in a Resolution by the Committee of Ministers. In line with the...

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Council of Europe calls on states to support quality journalism: new guidelines

17 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe has adopted a Recommendation calling on its 46 member States to create a favourable environment for quality journalism to thrive and to play its essential role in democracy. The recommendation contains a set of legal, administrative and practical guidelines aimed at ensuring...

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The Russian Federation is excluded from the Council of Europe

16 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

In an extraordinary meeting this morning, the Committee of Ministers decided, in the context of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council of Europe, that the Russian Federation ceases to be a member of the Council of Europe as from today, after 26 years of membership....

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Congress President condemns so-called “elections” held in occupied Abkhazia

16 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

Reacting to recent so-called “parliamentary elections” held on 12 March 2022 in the Abkhazia region in Georgia, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Leendert Verbeek, made the following statement: “By organising these “elections”, the so-called...

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International Women’s Day : #BreakTheBias starts with men

7 March 2022 Strasbourg, France

Pay trends in some Council of Europe member states over a recent 12-year period reflect improvements in the gender pay gap. Eurostat for example reported a drop in the gender pay gap in the Czech Republic from just over 26% in 2008, to less than 16.5% in 2020. In Cyprus, the figure stood at 19.5%...

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Council of Europe suspends Russia’s rights of representation

25 FEBRUARY 2022 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

In line with the Statute of the Council of Europe, the Committee of Ministers has today decided to suspend the Russian Federation from its rights of representation in the Committee of Ministers and in the Parliamentary Assembly with immediate effect as a result of the Russian Federation’s armed...

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

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS 24 FEBRUARY 2022 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

In a decision adopted today, at the end of an extraordinary meeting which brought together the representatives of the 47 Council of Europe member states, the Committee of Ministers: condemned in the strongest terms the armed attack on Ukraine by the Russian Federation in violation of...

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Commissioner for Human Rights’ statement on the situation in Ukraine

24 February 2022

What had seemed unthinkable in Europe in the 21st century has just happened. Our continent is today once more being drawn into an armed conflict. The Russian military attack on Ukraine has already resulted in the loss of human life and dire human suffering. It exposes millions of people in...

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

24 February 2022 Strasbourg, France

"I strongly condemn the Russian military attack against Ukraine in flagrant violation of the Statute of Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights. This is a dark hour for Europe and everything it stands for. I call upon the authorities of Russia to immediately and...

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Time limit for ECHR applications reduced to four months

1 February 2022 Strasbourg, France

From 1 February 2022, the time limit for lodging a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights is being cut from six months to four months after a final ruling at national level. This follows the entry into force of Protocol No. 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights on 1 August 2021...

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States should effectively apply corporate liability to money laundering offences: Warsaw Convention report

20 JANUARY 2022 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

The Conference of the Parties of the Council of Europe’s Warsaw Convention has called on its states parties to apply corporate liability to money laundering offences effectively. In a report released today, the Conference of the Parties of Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and...

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PACE rapporteurs call upon all political forces to overcome extremely polarised political climate

17 December 2021

Following their visit to the country from 8 to 10 December 2021, the PACE rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), expressed their serious concern at the extremely polarised political climate in the country which is foreclosing any...

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Human Rights Day 2021: Now more than ever, we must stand up for human rights

9 December 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement ahead of Human Rights Day on 10 December: “When faced with difficult challenges, it can be tempting for states to consider relaxing human rights protections. In fact, the opposite...

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PACE co-rapporteurs to make monitoring visit to Georgia

6 December 2021 Strasbourg, France

Titus Corlăţean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, will make a fact-finding visit to the country from 8 to 10 December 2021. Discussions will...

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New Council of Europe recommendation tackles the “digital dimension” of violence against women and girls

24 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

This year’s UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) shines a spotlight on the digital dimension of violence against women and girls. From body shaming (mocking someone’s bodily shape, size, or appearance) and cyber-flashing (sending unsolicited sexual...

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Georgian politicians should fully respect the independent mandate of the Public Defender

23 November 2021

Public attacks by members of the Georgian Parliament against the Public Defender of Georgia, in connection with her and her Office’s work related to the imprisonment of the former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and his hunger strike, are unacceptable. I commend the Public Defender and...

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Cybercrime: Council of Europe strengthens its legal arsenal

17 November 2021

As the Convention on Cybercrime (“Budapest Convention”) turns 20, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a Second Additional Protocol to the Convention on enhanced co-operation and the disclosure of electronic evidence. “This text is a significant step forward in...

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To prevent sexual abuse, children’s circle of trust must be made safer

16 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

Ahead of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse marked on 18 November, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has called on the states to step up their efforts to ensure that children’s “circle of trust” (those around them...

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First Steering Committee Meeting on the Implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2020-2023

21 October 2021

“The Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia is a valuable instrument to facilitate bringing national legislation, institutions and practice in full conformity with European standards in the areas of Human Rights, Rule of Law and Democracy.” stated Lasha Darsalia, First Deputy Minister for...

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Vote on 2 October was a missed opportunity for local democracy in Georgia, says Head of Congress delegation

4 October 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Congress concluded its mission to observe the local elections held on 2 October in Georgia. David ERAY (Switzerland, EPP/CCE, R), Head of the delegation, underlined the extremely polarized political environment in the country as well as an increase in verbal aggression, hate speech and fake...

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Congress to observe local elections in Georgia

29 September 2021

At the invitation of the authorities of Georgia, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will deploy a mission to observe the local elections on 2 October in 64 municipalities. The mission will be headed by David Eray (Switzerland, EPP/CCE, R), and involves 18...

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Human rights and environment: the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

27 September 2021 Strasbourg, France

Ahead of a series of Parliamentary Assembly debates on the right to a healthy environment, the Council of Europe has published a new “environment” section of its dedicated website highlighting the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights. The new section includes ten case studies showing...

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PACE Autumn Session focuses on the right to a healthy environment

24 September 2021 Strasbourg, France

A high-level panel and interactive debate on “The environment and human rights: the right to a safe, healthy and sustainable environment”, as well as a full day of debates on this topic, forms the centrepiece of the Autumn Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE),...

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European Day of Languages 2021: “All voices matter” says Secretary General

24 September 2021 Strasbourg, France

26 September 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the European Day of Languages. Since 2001, the Day has been celebrating the rich tapestry of languages coexisting in Europe and beyond. According to Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić “The European Day of Languages reminds...

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European Heritage Days 2021 celebrate “Heritage: All Inclusive!”

2 September 2021

The 2021 #EuropeanHeritageDays will celebrate Inclusive and Diverse Heritage to encourage broad participation in culture, to foster and celebrate diversity, and to emphasise that interaction with individuals and communities with different cultural backgrounds can enrich our lives. Particular...

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Council of Europe member states should not undermine human rights protections in response to Afghans seeking safety

30 August 2021 Strasbourg

“Member states should unequivocally commit to handling the arrival of persons fleeing the horrendous situation in Afghanistan in accordance with their human rights obligations”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. “Various governments and local authorities...

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The rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people in the Southern Caucasus denounces violence in Georgia during the Tbilisi Pride Week

6 July 2021 Strasbourg, France

“I strongly condemn the acts of violence occurred in Georgia during the Tbilisi Pride Week, targeting in particular the office of the organisers of this LGBTI rights awareness week, which was occupied and ransacked, and the journalists present at the planned starting point of the march, which was...

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Sanctions and measures without deprivation of liberty grow in Europe: annual statistics for 2020

8 June 2021 Strasbourg, France

The number of persons subject to sanctions and measures which keep offenders in the community and do not deprive them of liberty grew by 3% in Europe from 2019 to 2020, according to the 2020 SPACE II annual survey, carried out for the Council of Europe by the University of Lausanne. (Please see...

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PACE Georgia monitors welcome political agreement and call on all political forces to put national interest over those of their individual parties

8 June 2021 Strasbourg, France

Following a visit to Tbilisi from 1 to 3 June 2021, the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlăţean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have welcomed the political agreement mediated by European Council...

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Let the rainbow arc bend towards justice, says Secretary General on IDAHOT Day

17 May 2021 Strasbourg, France

Progress is not even, attitudes are slow to change, and discrimination against LGBTI people remains deeply embedded in some European societies, warned Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and...

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