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Continued suspensions of mayors in south-east Turkey: statement by Congress President Knape

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 19 May 2020 Strasbourg

In reaction to reports about further suspensions of mayors in the southeast of Turkey, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Anders Knape, expressed his concern regarding the ongoing undermining of local self-government in the country. “Even...

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Violence against women and girls before, during and after COVID-19: the shadow pandemic that must be addressed

GREVIO 18 May 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) and the Council of Europe Academic Networks (CEAN) are holding a webinar on 20 May on the theme of “Violence against women and girls before, during and after COVID-19” in the framework...

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Human rights and the environment: towards a new non-binding instrument

Committee of Ministers 15 May 2020 Strasbourg

Declaration by the outgoing and incoming presidencies of the Committee of Ministers In a declaration adopted today the outgoing (Georgia) and incoming (Greece and Germany) presidencies of the Committee of Ministers called for the elaboration of a non-binding instrument on human rights and the...

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Greece takes over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 15 May 2020 Strasbourg

Greece today took over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from Georgia during a video-conference meeting with representatives of the 47 member states of the Organisation. The Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani, presented the stocktaking of his...

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Young LGBTI persons must be protected against violence at home and in public, during this crisis and always

Secretary General 14 May 2020 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić ahead of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) European states must do more to address the specific challenges faced by young LGBTI persons, especially in times of crisis, said Council of Europe Secretary...

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Serbia: Council of Europe bank approves €200 million loan to combat COVID-19

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 13 May 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)* has approved a €200 million loan to Serbia to finance health expenditures for combatting COVID-19. The Serbian government has been swift to implement a range of measures, including the purchase of emergency equipment and supplies, to help contain the...

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New factsheet highlights decades of constitutional reforms following ECtHR judgments

Department for the Execution of Judgments 12 May 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Department for the Execution of Judgments has published a new thematic factsheet highlighting the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on constitutional matters across Europe over more than 50 years. The factsheet summarises 117 relevant cases or groups of...

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Justice systems must help children overcome fear and trauma, not make them worse

Georgian Presidency of the Council of Europe 12 May 2020 Strasbourg

Every year, thousands of children across Council of Europe member states are involved in judicial proceedings. Whether a victim of crime or in conflict with the law, they are often vulnerable and in need of protection: in other words, they need justice systems to be “child-friendly”. Promoting...

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End of WWII: Statement by David Zalkaliani

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 8 may 2020 Strasbourg

David Zalkaliani, President of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia, made the following statement to mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War: “Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe - the most devastating war in...

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Venice Commission 30th anniversary

Venice Commission 7 May 2020 Strasbourg

Statement by Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio "On 10 May 1990, eighteen ambassadors of Council of Europe member states took the decision to establish the European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission. What looked at the time like the creation of...

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May 6: Online international Conference on Civil participation in Decision Making

5 May 2020 Strasbourg

The City of Tbilisi and the Council of Europe under the aegis of the Georgian Presidency of its Committee of Ministers are organising an online international conference on "Civil Participation in Decision Making". The opening session will include contributions by Irakli Giviashvili, the Georgian...

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Kristiansand conference to mark the 70th anniversary of the ECHR

5 May 2020 Strasbourg

The Norwegian city of Kristiansand is hosting an online conference on Tuesday 5 May to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The conference will include an anniversary address from the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Linos-Alexandre...

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Europe Day 5th May: Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

Secretary General 4 May 2020 Strasbourg

“This Europe Day, we are all thinking about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout our continent and around the world. Every individual has been touched by this crisis, but our greatest sympathies are with those who have lost friends or loved ones. At an institutional level, we are...

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New initiative to help Roma families face COVID-19

4 May 2020 Strasbourg

A joint Council of Europe/European Union initiative has helped vulnerable Roma communities in Europe to face challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus. By the end of April this year, approximately €60,000 has been allocated in 34 municipalities reaching some 1,900 families. This action includes...

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Secretary General: Governments must protect essential role of journalists in democracy, especially in times of crisis

Secretary General 30 April 2020 Strasbourg

New report lists 142 serious attacks on journalists in 2019 In a statement issued ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić calls on governments to avoid unduly restricting media freedom during the COVID-19 crisis. “Governments are...

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UK prison system in deep crisis says anti-Torture Committee

CPT 30 April 2020 Strasbourg

The United Kingdom’s prison system is in deep crisis, according to a report published by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) following a targeted visit to the country in May 2019. (see executive summary). The CPT delegation found that the three male prisons...

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Council of Europe NGO platform calls on Hungarian parliament to drop legal provisions on gender

Council of Europe 29 April 2020 Strasbourg

The Standing Committee of the Conference of international NGOs, which is part of the Council of Europe, has addressed the Hungarian authorities calling on the Hungarian Parliament to drop Article 33 of the draft omnibus Bill T/9934, because it would make it impossible for transgender and...

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COVID-19 tracing apps: side effects on personal data protection should be avoided

Council of Europe 28 April 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 warned of the possible side effects of digital contact tracing applications used to help...

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COVID-19 crisis: Council of Europe Bank supports Comunidad de Madrid health sector with €200 million loan

CEB 27 April 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and Comunidad de Madrid have signed an agreement for a 200 million euros loan to support the latter’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and reinforce the level of medical services provided to its citizens. Spain has been particularly hard hit by the...

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Robert Spano elected President of the European Court of Human Rights

ECHR 23 April 2020 Strasbourg

Icelandic judge Robert Spano has been elected President of the European Court of Human Rights. Judge Spano, who is currently a Vice-President of the Court, has been the judge in respect of Iceland since November 2013. He studied law in Iceland and the United Kingdom and has worked in a range of...

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