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European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

2 August 2022 Secretary General, Strasbourg

Today, we commemorate European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day and pay tribute to the thousands of victims. 78 years ago, on 2 August 1944, 3,000 Roma - mainly women and children - were brutally murdered in the dark of the night at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This terrible event is central to the story of...

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In times of crises, states should step up their efforts to prevent human trafficking and protect victims

29/07/2022 Strasbourg, France

Ahead of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, issued the following statement: “We should all remember that Europe is not immune to human trafficking and that certain groups, including women, children and people on the...

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Young people should stand up against populism, nationalism and extremism that risk silencing their voices, says Secretary General

28/06/2022 Secretary General, Strasbourg

Opening the major event in Strasbourg, Youth Action Week which marks the 50th anniversary of the Council of Europe’s youth sector, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić called on young people to remain engaged in revitalising democracy and in addressing the emerging threats...

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

20/06/2022 Committee of Ministers, Strasbourg

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

20/06/2022 Council of Europe, Strasbourg

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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New report on the impact of artificial intelligence on the doctor-patient relationship

STEERING COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE FIELDS OF BIOMEDICINE AND HEALTH (CDBIO) 07/06/2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Human Rights in the fields of Biomedicine and Health (CDBIO) has issued a new report on the impact of artificial intelligence on the doctor-patient relationship. The report examines AI systems regarding the doctor-patient relationship in relation to...

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GRECO urges European governments to increase transparency and accountability of lobbying

02/06/2022 Anti-corruption body GRECO, Strasbourg

European governments should increase transparency and accountability around lobbying to ensure that members of the public know which actors are seeking to influence political decisions so that the risk of corrupt practices can be reduced, says the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO in...

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GRETA publishes its third report on Armenia

31/05/2022 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) published a new report today on Armenia focusing on human trafficking victims’ access to justice and effective remedies. GRETA acknowledges improvements in the legislative and policy framework but asks...

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

20/05/2022 Turin, Italy

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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Ireland takes over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

20/05/2022 Turin, Italy

Ireland has taken over the rotating Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers from Italy at the annual meeting of foreign ministers from the organisation’s 46 member states. At the handover, the outgoing Chair of the Committee of Ministers – Italy’s Minister for Foreign...

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Council of Europe and Constitutional Court of Armenia: joining the efforts

04/08/2022 Yerevan, Armenia

The Head of the Council of Europe office in Yerevan Ms Martina Schmidt met with the President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia Mr Arman Dilanyan, as part of their regular consultations. The main purpose of the meeting was to convey appreciation to the President Dilanyan...

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European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

2 August 2022 Secretary General, Strasbourg

Today, we commemorate European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day and pay tribute to the thousands of victims. 78 years ago, on 2 August 1944, 3,000 Roma - mainly women and children - were brutally murdered in the dark of the night at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This terrible event is central to the story of...

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In times of crises, states should step up their efforts to prevent human trafficking and protect victims

29/07/2022 Strasbourg, France

Ahead of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, issued the following statement: “We should all remember that Europe is not immune to human trafficking and that certain groups, including women, children and people on the...

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950 copies of Poster on the State Mortgage Program for active-duty military servicepersons prepared for dissemination in the military units in Armenia

20/07/2022 Yerevan, Armenia

The current Poster on the State Mortgage Program for active-duty contracted military servicepersons is produced by the Council of Europe Project “Human Rights and Women in the Armed Forces of Armenia – Phase II” in close cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of Armenia. It includes essential...

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Summer school on arbitration

19/07/2022 Yerevan, Armenia

Students from various universities of Armenia had the opportunity to get first-hand insights into the world of arbitration during the 4-day Summer School on Arbitration co-organised by the Council of Europe and Arbitrators’ Association of Armenia. Taught by the leading arbitration practitioners...

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Introduction of toolkits on screening and risk assessment of deliberate self-harm and suicide prevention in prisons of Armenia

14/07/2022 Yerevan, Armenia

Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, directors and deputy directors, as well as the security and medical staff of the penitentiary institutions were trained on the toolkits for screening and risk assessment of suicide and self-harm behaviour in penitentiary institutions in Armenia. The...

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Guides on the new Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes of Armenia ready for the national legal professionals as the new legislation enters into force

7/07/2022 Yerevan, Armenia

The Council of Europe has been working closely with the Armenian authorities on the criminal justice reform through legislative, methodological, and capacity-building support since 2015. Based on the legal expertise of the Council of Europe, conceptually new Criminal Code and Code of Criminal...

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Guides on the new Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes of Armenia ready for the national legal professionals as the new legislation enters into force

07/07/2022 Yerevan, Armenia

The Council of Europe has been working closely with the Armenian authorities on the criminal justice reform through legislative, methodological, and capacity-building support since 2015. Based on the legal expertise of the Council of Europe, conceptually new Criminal Code and Code of Criminal...

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Rules of conduct to follow by all Armenian public servants adopted and presented in Yerevan

Model Rules of Conduct for all Armenian Public Servants adopted – implementation to follow

4/07/2022 Yerevan, Armenia

The Council of Europe and the Corruption Prevention Commission of the Republic of Armenia jointly organised a “High-level Conference on the Model Code of Conduct for Public Servants in Armenia”. The conference concludes and complements the process of development and adoption of the Model Code of...

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Professional first aid training for the penitentiary medical staff of Armenia

04/07/2022 CoE Yerevan Office, Armenia

10 sessions of 2-day Professional First Aid accredited training for the medical staff of all the penitentiary institutions were completed successfully. 142 participants enhanced the professional capacity and skills to provide a better health care and prevent lethal outcomes in prisons. The...

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