Publication of mid-term review of the Action Plan and interventions in Geneva, San Remo and Warsaw


On 27 September 2018, the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees (SRSG) published the report “Refugee and migrant children in Europe” - Progress in implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe (2017-2019)....

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Commissioner’s report on Albania and intervention before the European Court of Human Rights


On 26 September 2018, the Commissioner took part in the hearing before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of N.D and N.T v. Spain in relation to two complaints concerning alleged summary returns of migrants from the Spanish city of Melilla to Morocco. In her...

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Hearing in the case of N.D and N.T v. Spain


On 26 September 2018, the European Court of Human Rights held a hearing in the following case: N.D. and N.T. v. Spain (applications nos. 8675/15 and 8697/15): which concerns the immediate return to Morocco of sub-Saharan migrants who attempted on 13 August 2014 to enter Spanish territory...

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Immigration detention: CPT publishes reports on Hungary and Ukraine, visits Georgia


On 18 September 2018, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report on Hungary. The CPT observed decent conditions in the transit zones in Röszke and Tompa situated on the border with Serbia, but criticised treatment...

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PACE autumn session – debates on radicalisation of migrants and family reunification


On 8-12 October 2018 in Strasbourg, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is going to discuss the risks of Radicalisation of migrants and members of diaspora communities (rapporteur Ms Sahiba Gafarova, Azerbaijan, EC) and Family reunification (rapporteur Ms Ulla Sandbaek,...

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The latest on prevention and international co-operation in fighting smuggling of migrants


The Council of Europe has published conclusive observations on the prevention and international co-operation and investigative strategies in fighting the smuggling of migrants. In its conclusions on international co-operation, the Working Group focused on: data-collection and research; law...

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Seminar on “Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings” and launch of the course on “Asylum and the European Convention on Human Rights”


On 19-20 September 2018 in Ankara, the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) organised a seminar in the framework of the Project on “Protection of Rights of Refugees and Migrants in Turkey” for the staff of the Directorate General for Migration Management...

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Round Table Addressing National Security Concerns Without Undermining Refugee Protection


On the 25 and 26 September 2018, the Regional Roundtable “Addressing National Security Concerns Without Undermining Refugee Protection” organised by UNHCR and the Council of Europe, took place in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event brought together fifty judges (Supreme Court, Higher Administrative...

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Combating female genital mutilation and forced marriage


On 15-16 November 2018, in London, the UK Government in collaboration with the Council of Europe will organise an International Conference, Policy For Progress: Ending FGM and Forced Marriage. This event is a follow-up to the publication of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human...

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