The Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine celebrates its 20th anniversary

Strasbourg 24-25 October
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The Committee on Bioethics will discuss the challenges in safeguarding human rights in the face of scientific and technological developments in the biomedical field at an international conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (known as the ‟Oviedo Convention”). The aim of the conference will be to consider the relevance of the principles set out in the Convention and to outline the main points of a Council of Europe ‟Action Plan” for 2018-2019. Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will speak at the opening of the event.

More information - Programme - Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35


10th anniversary of the Lanzarote Convention

Strasbourg (Agora building, Room G03; 10.30 a.m.) 24-25 October
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To celebrate the 10th  anniversary of the Convention for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (“Lanzarote Convention”), a conference on “Ending sexual exploitation and abuse of children: Towards a world of trust” will gather representatives from all the States Parties to the Convention, relevant NGOs and other key players. The Lanzarote Convention, opened for signature on 25 October 2007 has now been ratified by 42 of the Council of Europe member States. It aims to protect children from sexual violence, as well as to support victims and their families. Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will speak at the opening of the event.

A media briefing by Claude Janizzi, Chairperson of the Lanzarote Committee, on the achievements of the Lanzarote Convention over the ten years, and on the challenges in its implementation will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday 24 October, in room B5.06.C at the AGORA building.

More information - Draft programme - Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41


Also...

23 October, Strasbourg (Palais de l’Europe)
Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will give a speech at the opening of the two exhibitions :
. “Contemporary Art of the Republic of Moldova: Cultural Connections”, in the presence of Monica Babuc, Minister of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova (12 a.m.) ;
. “People, Book, Land: the 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land”, organised by the Permanent Representation of Germany to the Council of Europe and Simon Wiesenthal Centre (1 p.m.).
Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

23 October, Strasbourg
Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will give a speech at a conference, organised within the framework of the Days of Architecture, with German architect Volker Staab.
Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

23 October, Andorra
Members of SOGI unit will meet Xavier Espot Zamora, Minister of Social Affairs, Justice and Interior of Andorra, several members of the government and other competent authorities. The meetings will intend to provide expertise to the Andorran authorities with regard to international human rights standards on legal gender recognition for transgender persons and develop a roadmap towards the adoption of a new law.

23-25 October, New York
On the occasion of the UN General Assembly,  Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, will take part in the Interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights defenders. He will meet with Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and have discussions with David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Pablo de Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities and Dainius Pūras, UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health. The Commissioner will speak at a side-event on media freedom and give a lecture at Columbia University on migration challenges to human rights in Europe.

23-27 October, Tallinn
The EU-Council of Europe youth partnership, with its team, the Pool of European Youth Researchers and Coyote magazine, will contribute to the European Union Youth Conference with which will begin the 6th Structured Dialogue Cycle in the field of youth entitled “Youth in Europe: what’s next?”.

24 October, Strasbourg
The Minister of Justice of Italy, Andrea Orlando, will sign the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property (CETS No.221) and will hold a meeting with Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.
Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

24 October, Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 14 judgments concerning Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Turkey.
More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

24-25 October, Strasbourg
Under the EU/CoE joint project “Pro Safe Sport +”, the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) will organise a workshop aiming to finalise the capacity building and awareness raising materials to foster the development of policies and strategic actions addressing sexual harassment and abuse against children in sport. The meeting is organised in the framework of the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (“Lanzarote Convention”).
Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

24-26 October, Strasbourg (European Youth Centre)
The Youth Department of the Council of Europe will organise a seminar on Youth participation in Internet Governance. The event will explore how young people can participate in Internet Governance in a meaningful and inclusive manner. Representatives of national youth councils, local national and international youth organisations, public authorities will formulate recommendations for future action to be taken by the Council of Europe to support youth participation. Daily reports will be published on the NHSM Facebook page.
More information - Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

25 October, Strasbourg
The Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Alexander Konovalov, will sign the Second Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (ETS No.182) and will have a meeting with Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.
Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

25-28 October, Chisinau
Youth leaders from Roma organisations and national youth councils from Moldova and Romania will take part in a regional training course supporting the self-organisation and participation of young Roma people in youth programmes and structures in the two countries. The course should lead to an increase in meaningful forms of participation of Roma youth and support their social inclusion. Specific attention will be paid to ensuring the participation of young Roma women in all processes.
The course is organised in co-operation with the Roma National Center in Chisinau in the framework of the Roma Youth Action Plan.
Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04

26 October, Moscow
A new legal training course on rights and obligations in sports, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe, the Russian Ministry for Sport and Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), will be launched. The course will address the legal matters regulated by the sport conventions of the Council of Europe related to anti-doping, spectator safety and security, spectator violence, the manipulation of sport competitions, as well as policy topics addressed by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS). The training course will be developed under the Council of Europe’s pan-European HELP Programme together with the Sport Conventions Division, and is to serve for both face-to-face and on-line training of legal professionals, sport professionals and athletes. The launch event will take place at the MGIMO University (76, Vernadskiy Prospect) in the presence of the Russian Minister for Sport, Pavel Kolobkov; the Director General for Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe, Christos Giakoumopoulos and renowned national and international experts in the field.
Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

26 October, Strasbourg
The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 26 judgments and/or decisions concerning Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Malta, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey and Ukraine.
More information - ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

26 October, Brussels
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), in co-operation with the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) will hold a meeting to discuss the implementation by Council of Europe member states of the ECRI Recommendation on safeguarding irregularly present migrants from discrimination, notably through the creation of “firewalls” separating the work of social services providers from immigration control and enforcement activities.
Christian Ahlund, ECRI’s chair, and Michele LeVoy, Director of PICUM, will open the event at 12.00 a.m. (CoE Brussels Office - Avenue des Nerviens 85).
Contact : Andrew Cutting, tel. +32 485 21 72 02

27 October, Rome (Senate, Sala Zuccari, 11.00 am)
The Italian Delegation to PACE will organise a Parliamentary workshop on “Promoting Integrity in Governance to Tackle Political Corruption”. The President of the Senate, Pietro Grasso, will give an opening speech. The event will be moderated by PACE member Eleonora Cimbro, with the participation of Council of Europe Director of Information Society and Action against Crime Jan Kleijssen. The report by Michele Nicoletti, Head of the Italian Delegation to PACE and member of PACE Anti-Corruption Platform, will be presented. The Head of Anti-Corruption Authority Raffaele Cantone will make the closing remarks.
Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

27 October, Moscow
The Council of Europe will take part in the conference “Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: enhancing the dialogue” organised by the Russian Ministry of Justice in Moscow. The conference will focus on the European Court’s case-law regarding the jurisdiction on account of “effective control” or “decisive influence”, its legal consequences and approaches of other international bodies.  Enforcing the right to freedom of speech in the light of the ECtHR case-law will be another key topic of discussion. Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov; the Head of the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Human Rights and the Rule of Law Christos Giakoumopoulos, and Chair of the Constitutional Legislation Committee of the Russian Federal Assembly Andrey Klishas will open the conference. Former and current ECtHR judges and other renowned international law experts will intervene at the event scheduled to start at 9.30 a.m. at the International and Comparative Law Research Centre (Moscow, Kadashevskaya emb., 14-3).
Programme of the event (English and Russian) - Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

27 October, Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
The Crystal Scales of Justice Prize will be awarded to one of the four selected projects for innovative practices aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of judicial systems.
More information

29 October–6 November, Strasbourg (European Youth Centre)
Youth workers and representatives of public authorities working in local projects will share projects and achievements in promoting social rights with disadvantaged youth groups. The projects are mostly based in various cities and regions in the Russian Federation as well as from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The project have been developed and implemented in the framework of a long-term training course that was initiated in Penza in 2016 and is based on the implementation of the Enter! Recommendation on Access of Young People from Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods to Social Rights. The course is run in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the National Youth Council of Russia.
Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41


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