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Supporting General Prosecutor’s Office to introduce specialisation of prosecutors dealing with crimes committed on intolerance grounds

4-7 August 2020

On 4-7 August 2020 the Council of Europe organised an advanced 4-day training on hate crimes to prosecutors dealing with crimes committed on intolerance grounds. The training program included legal part as well as psychological aspects of discriminatory behavior, characteristics of perpetrator...

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Training of trainers on electoral dispute resolution was conducted for the staff of the Central Election Commission of Georgia

6-7 August 2020 Tbilisi, Georgia

On 6-7 August the Council of Europe experts, conducted a two-day training of trainers on Electoral dispute resolution – domestic and international standards. Staff of the Legal and Audit Departments of the Central Election Commission of Georgia and trainers at the Center for Election Systems...

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Information meeting with international and civil society organisations and media representatives in light of 2020 Parliamentary Elections

5 August 2020 Tbilisi, Georgia

Current status of the financial monitoring of political finances and some important aspects of recent changes to the acting legal framework related to electoral campaign and political party funding were discussed at a high-level Information meeting in Tbilisi. Tbilisi, Georgia – On 5 August...

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Workshop on media regulations during electoral processes – international and domestic standards

31 July, 2020 Batumi, Georgia

The Council of Europe in cooperation with the Supreme Election Commission of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara organised a workshop for representatives of local media on “Media regulations during electoral processes – international and domestic standards”. The workshop was opened by the Deputy...

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Municipality representatives and youth enhance their knowledge about hate speech

27 July 2020

On 27 July Council of Europe launched a new training course, aiming at teaching youth and municipality representatives about human rights concepts, including Council of Europe’s definitions. The course will equip participants with an understanding of discrimination and hate speech and help them...

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Workshop on Prevention of Corruption in Public Sector

21-22 July 2020 Tbilisi, Georgia

On 21-22 July 2020, the Council of Europe and the State Security Service of Georgia organised a workshop on “Prevention of Corruption in Public Sector” for the representatives of the Anti-corruption Agency and the Office of Prosecutor General of Georgia. The Anti-corruption Agency, established...

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Toolkit for strengthening electoral jurisprudence is available online

The toolkit on “Electoral dispute resolution: strengthening electoral jurisprudence” developed in cooperation with the Venice Commission and the Central Election Commission of Georgia is now available online. The document promotes the Council of Europe methodology for Electoral Cooperation on...

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Handover ceremony of the HELP online course certificates on Data Protection and Privacy Rights

17 July 2020 Tbilisi, Georgia

On 17 July 2020, the Council of Europe organised the handover ceremony of certificates to the participants of the HELP online course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights. The event was opened by the State Inspector Londa Toloraia and the Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia,...

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Comparative analysis of the independent investigative mechanisms in Europe

13 July 2020

A comprehensive study on the best European practices of the independent investigative mechanisms, conducted for the State Inspector’s Service of Georgia was presented on 13 July 2020. The study was initiated with the aim to carry out comparative analyses of best European practices of the...

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Investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will specialise in juvenile issues

15-17 July 2020

On 15-17 July 2020, the Council of Europe organised a series of training sessions for the first group of investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia . The training covered a wide range of important topics such as the psychological and legal aspects addressed by the Georgian Code...

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Secretary General honours Roma Holocaust victims

31 July 2020 Strasbourg, France

On 2 August 1944, the remaining Roma of the so-called “Zigeunerlager” (Gypsy camp) – some 3,000 men, women and children – were exterminated in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Roma Holocaust was an attempt by the Nazi regime and its supporters to exterminate the Romani people of...

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Why the media still lacks gender equality: new report

24 July 2020 Strasbourg, France

A new Council of Europe report points out that the “mindset and culture” in newsrooms must be “tackled”, with active participation from within the industry, in order for the media sector to “contribute at its fullest” to gender equality. Assessing legal and policy aspects of gender equality and...

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Multilateralism 2020: Secretary General publishes Annual Report

9 July 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe has proven to be an essential, indispensable guardian of human rights during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is one of the main conclusions of a new report by the Secretary General covering the Council of Europe’s actions since the Helsinki Ministerial Meeting in May 2019 and...

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Sexual violence against children is an ongoing pandemic: 10th anniversary of Lanzarote Convention

1 July, 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s Convention for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (known as the “Lanzarote Convention”) celebrates its 10th anniversary since entering into force. “It is quite common these days to wish each other to ‘keep safe’. But millions of...

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PACE Georgia monitors welcome adoption of Constitutional amendments by the Georgian Parliament

29 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

PACE Georgia monitors welcome adoption of Constitutional amendments by the Georgian Parliament Strasbourg, 29.06.2020 - The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE),...

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Pushbacks and border violence against refugees must end

19 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

“On 20 June, World Refugee Day will spotlight the hardship that refugees endure. I pay tribute to the resilience of refugees and reiterate the call to protect them and uphold their rights”, said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, ahead of World Refugee...

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New guide to international protection for victims of trafficking

19 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published a new guide on the entitlement of victims of trafficking, and people at risk of being trafficked, to international protection. The guide is intended to help national...

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Sanctions and measures without deprivation of liberty increasingly used in Europe: new survey

18 June 2020

European states are increasingly resorting to sanctions and measures which keep offenders in the community without deprivation of liberty, according to the 2019 SPACE II annual survey, carried out for the Council of Europe by the University of Lausanne. (Please see also the Key Findings) On 31...

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Preventing COVID-19: Council of Europe supports prison systems in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro and North Macedonia

09 June 2020

In response to the emergency of COVID-19 pandemic and to the need of providing urgent support to inmates and prison staff, in the context of its cooperation programmes, the Council of Europe has donated protective materials to five member States: Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro and North...

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Beyond COVID-19, human rights can help save the planet

4 June 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, and the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Rik Daems,...

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