Prague conference, event on statelessness and cooperation with UN, OSCE/ODHIR


On 25-26 September 2017, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Tomáš Boček, participated in the Prague conference “Immigration Detention of Children: Coming to a Close?” hosted by the Czech Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. In...

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Human Rights court on deportation, detention and collective expulsions of migrants and refugees

European Court of Human Rights

On 14 September 2017, the European Court of Human Rights handed down a Chamber judgment in the case of Ndidi v. the United Kingdom (application no. 41215/14) which concerned a Nigerian national’s complaint about his deportation from the United Kingdom, (hereafter the UK). The applicant, who...

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GRETA published report on Ireland


The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) published its second evaluation report on Ireland on 20 September 2017. GRETA welcomes the inclusion of the Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-ordination Unit in the newly established Garda National...

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CPT published reports on Greece and Slovenia


The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published recently two reports addressing the issue of detention of irregular migrants. The main focus of the ad hoc visits to Greece (in April and July 2016) was immigration...

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Commissioner calls for an inclusive education for all children, and visits Luxembourg and attends Prague conference


On 12 September 2017, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, published a position paper entitled Fighting school segregation in Europe through inclusive education, in which he expressed his concern that many European countries still deny thousands of children, including refugee or...

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Congress to approve a report on the role of local authorities in protecting refugee children


On 18 October 2017, during the 33rd session of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities , the Current Affairs Committee will approve a report on “Refugee children and minors: the role and responsibilities of local authorities”. This is a follow-up to the resolution the...

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Age assessment, guide for parliamentarians and a visit to Hungarian transit zones


On 20 September 2017, the report “Age assessment: Council of Europe member states’ policies, procedures and practices respectful of children’s rights in the context of migration” was published. The aim of the report is to provide a factual overview of the current situation in the member states...

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European Qualifications Passport for Refugees project


On 25-29 September 2017, in Athens, a third assessment session was organised of the pilot project European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR). It is based on the joint Council of Europe/UNESCO Lisbon Recognition Convention and its aim is to support refugees to integrate and contribute...

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A new course on the rights and protection of refugee and migrant children


The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) of the Council of Europe is about to develop a new course on Refugee and migrant children. The course is created in the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in...

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