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World Forum for Democracy adapts to Covid-19 pandemic conditions

World Forum for Democracy 25 September 2020 Strasbourg

Exceptionally, the 9th edition of the World Forum for Democracy "Can Democracy Save the Environment? will take place over a whole year and will be launched on 18 November 2020. The Forum will kick off with a campaign of activities "12 months to answer 1 question". In a real spirit of...

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26 September: The European Day of Languages

Council of Europe 25 September 2020 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

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EU Pact on Migration and Asylum: a renewed opportunity to uphold human rights in migration governance

Council of Europe 23 september 2020 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees of the Council of Europe and the Regional Representative for Europe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) have welcomed the presentation by the European Commission of its new Pact on Migration and Asylum. The launch of...

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Netherlands and Slovenia: Committee of Ministers adopts recommendations on promoting regional and minority languages

Committee of Ministers 23 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has adopted recommendations to the Netherlands and to Slovenia, based on the evaluation reports by the Committee of Experts under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML). In the Netherlands, the Charter applies to Frisian,...

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Congress to organise remote meeting of the Statutory Forum

Congress 22 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Statutory Forum of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will hold a remote meeting on 28 September 2020 to examine, for adoption, several reports on the state of local democracy in Europe and on grassroots elections in major crisis situations, as well as its...

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Commissioner: Human rights violations in Belarus must stop immediately

21 September 2020 Strasbourg

More than a month after the beginning of mass protests following the presidential elections in Belarus, the human rights situation in the country remains extremely worrying. Thousands of peaceful protesters have been arrested, and several individuals have been reported missing. Yet, non-violent...

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GREVIO report on Belgium: violence against women should be more visible in national anti-violence policies

GREVIO 21 September 2020 Strasbourg

In its first report on implementation by Belgium of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (known as the “Istanbul Convention”), the Group of Experts (GREVIO) highlights how gender-based violence against women is relatively...

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Secretary General: member states must work together to learn COVID-19 health crisis lessons

Secretary General 17 September 2020 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has called for increased multilateral cooperation among the organisation’s member states to draw lessons from the pandemic crisis and enhance preparedness for addressing health concerns on the basis of common principles and best...

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Secretary General: Anti-money laundering controls should not be relaxed

MONEYVAL 16 September 2020 Strasbourg

Addressing MONEYVAL on the occasion of its 60th plenary meeting, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has stressed the importance of not relaxing anti-money laundering controls, which is taking place in some countries, and of strengthening effective compliance with...

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International Day of Democracy: statement by the President of the Congress

Congress 15 September 2020 Strasbourg

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Anders Knape, made the following statement on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy: "If democracy is the foundation on which our common values are based, it is at the level closest to citizens,...

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Anti-torture committee urges Moldova to end persistent inter-prisoner violence and intimidation

Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) 15 September 2020 Strasbourg

Moldova should take resolute action to put an end to inter-prisoner violence and intimidation linked mainly to informal hierarchies in the country’s prisons, says the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in a new report. (see executive summary) In the report, based on...

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Rencontre avec Clément Beaune, secrétaire d’Etat français chargé des affaires européennes

Secrétaire Générale 15 septembre 2020 Strasbourg

La Secrétaire Générale a rencontré lundi 14 septembre le secrétaire d'État français chargé des affaires européennes, Clément Beaune. Au cours de cette première rencontre, ils se sont entretenus notamment du rôle du Conseil de l’Europe pour aider ses Etats membres à lutter efficacement contre la...

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Commissioner calls on Greek authorities to provide adequate support to all those affected by fire at Moria

COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS 10 September 2020 Strasbourg

“The fire that destroyed most of the Registration and Identification Centre of Moria and the informal settlements surrounding it, on the Greek island of Lesvos on Tuesday night has dramatically worsened the living conditions of more than 12 000 asylum seekers and migrants, including more than...

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Council of Europe Bank and Italy sign € 300 million loan agreement to support COVID-19 response

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 9 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance have signed a € 300 million loan agreement to finance the emergency and health expenditure associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Italy was the first EU country to declare the state of emergency on 31 January...

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Secretary General gravely concerned by human rights violations in Belarus

Secretary General 8 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement concerning Belarus: “The Council of Europe is gravely concerned about the latest threats to human rights in Belarus. The reported harassment and persecution of members of the...

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United Kingdom: experts report “considerable progress” on regional and minority languages

Committee of Experts on the European Charter for Regional or Minority languages (ECRML) 8 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts on the European Charter for Regional or Minority languages (ECRML) has reported considerable progress in the United Kingdom’s implementation of the charter. In its latest report on the UK, the committee noted that institutions and many public services in Wales and...

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Armenia completes ratification of Lanzarote Convention

Council of Europe 7 September 2020 Strasbourg

Armenia has become the 47th state to have completed the ratification of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (“Lanzarote Convention”). The Permanent Representative of Armenia to the Council of Europe, Ambassador Paruyr...

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Digital surveillance by intelligence services: states must take action to better protect individuals

Council of Europe 7 September 2020 Strasbourg

In a joint statement the chair of the Council of Europe’s data protection “Convention 108” committee, Alessandra Pierucci, and the Council of Europe’s Data Protection Commissioner, Jean-Philippe Walter, have urged states to strengthen the protection of personal data in the context of digital...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Latest decisions from the Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 4 September 2020 Strasbourg

The latest case-by-case decisions on the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The second part of the Committee’s latest regular human rights meeting took place in Strasbourg from...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: Council of Europe closes infringement procedure against Azerbaijan

Committee of Ministers 4 September 2020 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers has closed infringement proceedings launched against Azerbaijan for failing to implement a judgment from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) concerning opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov. The decision follows a ruling from the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan in...

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29 September-1 October, Strasbourg

Implementing ECHR judgments

29 September, online meeting (4 p.m. CEST)

Webinar on “Gender Sensitive Drug Policy Responses”

28 September, online meeting (2:30 to 5 p.m. CEST)

The Congress Statutory Forum holds a remote meeting

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