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Online child sexual abuse experts visit Ukraine and Armenia

Children's Rights 16 September 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe experts will visit Yerevan and Kyiv on 17-19 September 2019 under the Project to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe to analyse legislation, policies and practices to prevent and combat this crime. The EndOCSEA@Europe Project promotes, facilitates and...

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New Council of Europe action against sexism

16 September 2019 Strasbourg

In March 2019, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted a new Recommendation on Preventing and Combating Sexism. Not only does this text contain the first ever internationally agreed definition of sexism, but it also proposes a set of concrete measures to combat this wide-spread...

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North-South Prize 2018 honours fight to end female genital mutilation and the promotion of social ecology

North-South Prize 13 September 2019 Lisbon

Jaha Mapenzi Dukureh founder and CEO of the Non-Governmental organisation “Safe Hands for Girls” and Damien Carême, Mayor of Grande-Synthe are the laureates of the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe 2018. The Award Ceremony of the XXIV North-South Prize of the Council of Europe took place...

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Artificial intelligence: Expert committee to explore the development of a legal framework

Committee of Ministers 12 September 2019 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe representing its 47 members states has decided to set up an intergovernmental committee of experts to examine the feasibility of a legal framework for the development, design and application of artificial intelligence. To carry out its work, the...

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Congress President calls on Russia to allow international observers to strengthen the integrity of municipal elections

Congress 12 September 2019 Strasbourg

Following Sunday's municipal elections in the Russian Federation, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Anders Knape, underlined the importance of democratic framework conditions in order to ensure genuinely free and fair elections, in...

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Malta: more needed to investigate and prosecute money laundering and strengthen its supervisory system

Anti-money laundering body (MONEYVAL) 12 September 2019 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body MONEYVAL calls on the Maltese authorities to strengthen their practical application of their measures to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism (see also the summary of the report). The report makes a...

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Free Press Unlimited and European Centre for Press and Media Freedom join Council of Europe Platform

Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalist 11 September 2019 Strasbourg

Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists now includes 14 partners

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Moldova needs better criminal asset recovery and confiscation systems

Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism 11 September 2019 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe anti money laundering body MONEYVAL calls on the Moldovan authorities to fully and consistently use its legislative framework to combat money laundering and to increase the effectiveness of confiscation of proceeds, in particular regarding...

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Finland: action needed to combat hate speech and scrap transgender persons sterilisation requirement

Europe Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 10 September 2019 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) calls on Finland to tackle growing racist and intolerant hate speech, better coordinate integration activities for immigrants and review the law requiring transgender persons to be sterilised...

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Trafficking and exploitation - Human Rights Commissioner calls for swift action

Commissioner for Human Rights 12 September 2019 Strasbourg

“Few human rights violations are so universally condemned by Council of Europe member states as the exploitation of the most vulnerable”, says Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in her Human Rights Comment published today. As a result, year on year, the fight...

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School starts with more inclusion for Roma children in Romania – and beyond

Council of Europe 9 September 2019 Bucharest

On 9 September, Council of Europe Director General of Democracy Snežana Samardžić-Markovic joined Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to open the new school year through a visit to Ferdinand I Elementary and Secondary School in Bucharest, where they addressed the impact so far of a joint European...

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Secretary General welcomes release of prisoners by Russia and Ukraine

Secretary General 7 September 2019 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement today: “The Council of Europe welcomes the release of prisoners by Russia and Ukraine today. This is an encouraging step towards the reconciliation of the two member states of the Council of Europe and an important element of the...

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MONEYVAL issues follow up reports on Ukraine and Isle of Man

Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism 6 September 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe´s anti money laundering and counter terrorist financing body MONEYVAL has published two follow up reports assessing the progress made by Ukraine and the United Kingdom Crown Dependency of Isle of Man in implementing its recommendations. MONEYVAL finds that Ukraine has made...

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National minorities’ rights: new reports on Georgia and the Netherlands

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 5 September 2019 Strasbourg

New opinions on the situation of national minorities in Georgia and the Netherlands have published by the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Over the past three years, Georgia has strengthened its legislative framework for promotion of rights...

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Denmark needs stronger anti-corruption policies for government and the police force

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 4 September 2019 Strasbourg

In an evaluation report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) calls upon Denmark to strengthen its policies to prevent corruption in respect of persons entrusted with top executive functions (members of the government and – in certain cases – special...

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The independence of judges and the judiciary under threat

COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS 3 September 2019 STRASBOURG

The independence of the judiciary underpins the rule of law and is essential to the functioning of democracy and the observance of human rights. The fundamental right to a ‘fair trial’ by an ‘independent and impartial tribunal established by law’ is enshrined in the European Convention on Human...

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Russia: lack of progress on criminalisation of corruption and transparency of party funding

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 3 September 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO published today its fourth assessment of the measures taken by the Russian authorities since the previous examination in June 2018 to implement the outstanding recommendations on incriminations and transparency of party funding. GRECO regrets...

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German youth centre awarded with Council of Europe Quality Label

Council of Europe 2 September 2019 Strasbourg

On 31 August the wannseeFORUM Foundation in Berlin, Germany received the Council of Europe’s Quality Label for Youth Centres for the period 2019-2021, becoming the 14th youth centre to be honoured. The award ceremony was held in the presence of Sigrid Klebba, State Secretary of the Berlin Senate...

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Finland’s services for women victims of violence praised, but criminal offences review needed

GREVIO 2 September 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) welcomes Finland´s efforts to increase services to victims, including offering funding for more shelters, but points out in a report published today, that a review of the criminal...

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Slovak Republic: Determined action needed to fight corruption in executive government and police

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 22 August 2019 Strasbourg

In an evaluation report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) urges the Slovak Republic to strengthen the effectiveness of its legal framework and policies to prevent corruption amongst persons with top executive functions (ministers and other senior...

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