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Ukraine: Venice Commission publishes two urgent opinions

Venice Commission 6 May 2021 Strasbourg

The rationale behind the draft legislation in Ukraine aimed at the establishment of an Ethics Council to assist the process of election (appointment) of the High Council of Justice (HCJ) members is welcomed, as it intends to urgently address the previously raised issue of integrity and ethics of...

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Deputy Secretary General opens European Conference on Democracy and Human Rights in Kristiansand

Deputy Secretary General 6 May 2021 Strasbourg

The 2nd European Conference on Democracy and Human Rights in Kristiansand has marked Europe Day 2021 in Norway, despite the ongoing Covid pandemic. The international event, with a focus on freedom of expression, was jointly organised by the Council of Europe, the University of Agder, Kilden...

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10 years of the Istanbul Convention: Bringing hope, promoting respect and inspiring change to end violence against women

Council of Europe 6 May 2021 Strasbourg

The Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, have issued a declaration to mark 10 years since it was opened for signature on 11 May 2011, in Istanbul. The Committee...

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Anti-torture committee warns against impact of austerity measures on prison conditions

Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) 6 May 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has issued a set of minimum requirements for conditions of detention in European prisons, concerned by the negative effects of pre-existing austerity measures in certain states, which could be exacerbated by possible deeper...

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Protecting vulnerable groups in crisis situations: more effective structures and procedures needed

Committee of Ministers 5 May 2021 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers has adopted Guidelines for the 47 member states to help them in upholding equality and protecting against discrimination and hate during the Covid-19 pandemic and similar crises in the future. The Committee stresses the importance of establishing effective structures...

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Europe Day 5 May 2021: 72nd Anniversary of Council of Europe

Council of Europe 5 May 2021 Strasbourg

Joint statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić and Committee of Ministers Chair Heiko Maas

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Migration and asylum: Council of Europe to increase protection of vulnerable persons

Committee of Ministers 5 May 2021 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers have adopted an Action Plan on Protecting Vulnerable Persons in the Context of Migration and Asylum in Europe (2021-2025). “Migrants and asylum seekers face particular challenges, in the Covid-19 pandemic, notably access to healthcare and vaccinations. We are increasing...

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Council of Europe anti-torture committee publishes report on Finland

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (CPT) 5 May 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (CPT) has commended Finland of the tangible progress achieved in several areas, but regretted that a number of its long-standing recommendations remain unaddressed. In its report the CPT welcomed the...

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Vaccine passes: protecting human rights and personal data

Council of Europe 4 May 2021 Strasbourg

Statements by the Bioethics Committee and the Data Protection Convention Committee

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Georgia: Venice Commission opinions on Election Code and election of Supreme Court judges

Venice Commission 3 May 2021 Strasbourg

Proposed amendments to the Election Code of Georgia include some positive changes but raise some new concerns which add to long-standing fundamental issues that remain unaddressed, said the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR in their joint urgent opinion on draft amendments to the Election Code...

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Journalism and Covid-19: Press freedom is essential in times of crisis

Council of Europe 3 May 2021 Strasbourg

Joint statement by Council of Europe Secretary General and German Federal Justice Minister

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The Secretary General presents her vision for improving the implementation of social rights in Europe

Secretary General 30 April 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, made public today her proposals (SG/Inf(2021)13) for improving the implementation of social rights in Europe by reinforcing the European Social Charter system. Improving the implementation of social rights in Europe and...

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Human rights and the environment: New online course for legal professionals

Council of Europe 30 April 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s HELP programme (Human rights Education for Legal Professionals) has launched a new online course on the environment and human rights. The six-hour course, which is available free of charge via the HELP online platform, has been developed by experts on the European...

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Bulgaria should improve access to justice and compensation for victims of trafficking

Anti-trafficking group GRETA 29 April 2021 Strasbourg

In a new report on Bulgaria published today, the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking group GRETA calls on the authorities to improve trafficking victims’ access to justice and compensation, and to ensure the sustainability of anti-trafficking measures through the allocation of appropriate...

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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office visits Council of Europe

Council of Europe 28 April 2021 Strasbourg

Ann Linde, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, visited the Council of Europe on 28 April 2021. She met with Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, to discuss co-operation between the two organisations. During the meeting, she deposited...

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Secretary General: European governments should show stronger political will to protect press freedom

Secretary General 28 April 2021 Strasbourg

In a statement issued ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić urged European governments to show stronger political will to protect journalists and independent journalism in order to put a stop to the deterioration of media freedom in...

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Covid-19: what measures to combat fake vaccines?

Council of Europe 27 April 2021 Strasbourg

Amid the rise in counterfeiting and other illegal activities related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Council of Europe is issuing new recommendations to governments based on its Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (MEDICRIME...

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A 10th Academy Award for Eurimages!

Eurimages 27 April 2021 Strasbourg

During the 93rd Academy Awards Ceremony which took place last night, the Academy Award for International Feature Film went to ANOTHER ROUND by Thomas Vinterberg, a co-production between Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands supported by Eurimages, the Fund's 10th Academy Award in this category. Two...

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La Secrétaire Générale rencontre Éric Dupond-Moretti, ministre français de la Justice

Secrétaire Générale 23 avril 2021 Strasbourg

Le 23 avril, la Secrétaire Générale Marija Pejčinović Burić a rencontré Éric Dupond-Moretti, Garde des Sceaux, ministre de la Justice de la République Française, au siège du Conseil de l’Europe à Strasbourg. La Secrétaire Générale et le ministre ont eu un échange sur la coopération entre le...

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High-level webinar: impact of Covid-19 policies on human rights in Europe

27 April 2021 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has delivered a keynote speech on Covid-19 policies and their impact on human rights at a webinar organised on 27 April 2021 by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Other speakers at the online event included: Salla...

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