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Convention on Data Protection turns 40: Committee of Ministers’ declaration

Committee of Ministers 21 January 2021 Strasbourg

The Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (“Convention 108”), which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, can become the international standard of reference on privacy and data protection in the digital age, declared the Committee...

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COVID-19 and vaccines: Equitable access to vaccination must be ensured

Committee on Bioethics 22 January 2021 Strasbourg

How to ensure equitable access to vaccination during the current and future pandemics? The Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics has made a number of recommendations, drawing particular attention to persons in vulnerable situations having difficulties in accessing health services. First,...

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CEB launches 2021 Social Cohesion Award to recognise outstanding social action in Europe

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 22 January 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) has announced the launch of the 2021 edition of the CEB Award for Social Cohesion, the annual competition to acknowledge outstanding contributions to social cohesion across Europe. With the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately impacting the most...

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Secretary General’s Special Representative to visit refugee and migrant camps in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees 20 January 2021 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek will be in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 24-30 January 2021, to visit the reception facilities of Miral, Sedra, Borici, the Emergency Tent Camp Lipa in Una-Sana Canton, as well as the Ušivak...

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Hybrid winter plenary session 2021

Parliamentary Assembly 19 January 2021 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will hold its 2021 winter plenary session from January 25 to 28 in a hybrid manner, allowing members to participate remotely or attend in person in Strasbourg. The Assembly will debate the ethical, legal and practical considerations of...

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Human Rights in the Era of AI: Europe as international Standard Setter for Artificial Intelligence

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 19 January 2021 Strasbourg

The Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, are organising a conference entitled “Human Rights in the Era of AI - Europe as international Standard Setter for Artificial Intelligence”. Taking place on...

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United Kingdom, Germany extend protection of minority languages

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECMRL) 13 January 2021 Strasbourg

The United Kingdom and Germany have extended the protection they accord to minority languages under the Council of Europe’s Language Charter (ECRML). This is the first time since 2008 that State Parties have accepted additional undertakings under this treaty. On 23 December 2020, the United...

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Key indicators to combat human trafficking for labour exploitation

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 12 January 2021 Strasbourg

GRETA issues new guidance to member States

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PACE President reacts to ‘assault on democracy’ at US Capitol: 'who does not speak up, consents'

Parliamentary Assembly 8 January 2020 Strasbourg

PACE President Rik Daems, reacting to events at the US Capitol in Washington DC, has condemned what he described as “an assault on democracy by an extremist mob, incited by false claims and irresponsible statements at the highest political level”. “This is not America!” the President said,...

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Focus on womens’ rights as three candidates shortlisted for the 2020 Václav Havel Prize

Parliamentary Assembly 8 January 2021 Strasbourg

The selection panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which rewards outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond, has today announced the shortlist for the 2020 Prize, with all three nominees involved in promoting women’s rights or gender equality....

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Human rights at the heart of drug policies : the Pompidou Group's 50th Anniversary

Pompidou Group 4 January 2021 Strasbourg

This year we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pompidou Group. Created in August 1971 - on the initiative of the then French President - as a European cooperation framework to fight against drug abuse and drug traficking, it has developed over the years into an international group which...

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Cyberattack on the website of the European Court of Human Rights

ECHR 23 december 2020 Strasbourg

Following the delivery of the Selahattin Demirtas v. Turkey (No. 2) judgment on December 22, the website of the European Court of Human Rights was the subject of a large-scale cyberattack which has made it temporarily inaccessible. The Court strongly deplores this serious incident. The competent...

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Ireland ratifies Convention on protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse

Lanzarote Convention 21 december 2020

Ireland has become the 48th country to ratify a landmark Council of Europe convention that requires criminalisation of sexual offences against children. Irish Ambassador Breifne O'Reilly transmitted to Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić the instrument of ratification of...

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Mostar: Congress concludes remote observation procedure in advance of local elections

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 18 December 2020 Strasbourg

Welcoming the fact that, for the first time in over a decade, citizens of the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will be able to vote at the local level on 20 December 2020, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe conducted a remote observation...

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French Senate should amend General Security Bill to make it compatible with human rights

Commissioner for Human Rights 18 December 2020 Strasbourg

In a letter to the Chair and members of the Law Committee of the French Senate, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, urges the senators to make substantial amendments to the General Security Bill to make it more human rights-compliant. The Commissioner invites the...

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Reggio Emilia and Novellara (Italy) release handbook on interreligious dialogue actions

Intercultural cities programme 17 December 2020 Strasbourg

The handbook “Valuing religious communities as key actors of social cohesion”, edited by Fondazione Mondinsieme in collaboration with the Municipalities of Reggio Emilia and Novellara, thanks to an inter-city ICC grant, is already available in English, French, Italian and Arabic. It intends to...

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2020 North-South prize focuses on right to life and climate change

North-South centre 17 December 2020 Strasbourg

The 2020 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe has been awarded to the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) and to the Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change (MedECC) network of the Union for the Mediterranean. The jury acknowledged the unique...

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Managing Covid-19 - what role does democratic governance play?

European Committee on Democracy and Governance 17 December 2020 Strasbourg

Measures taken by Council of Europe member States in response to the situation in the Spring and Summer of 2020 are the subject of a special report of the European Committee on Democracy and Governance. Democratic governance is the participation in decision-making of those who are affected by a...

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Liechtenstein: publication of two reports on the fight against corruption

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 16 December 2020 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO) has published two reports on Liechtenstein: a report on incriminations and transparency of party funding and a report on the prevention of corruption in respect of members of parliaments, judges and prosecutors. In its evaluation report on the...

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Money laundering and financing of terrorism: Warsaw Convention report assesses the monitoring of banking operations

Conference of the Parties to the CETS 198 16 December 2020 Strasbourg

The Conference of the Parties of the Warsaw Convention, responsible for monitoring the implementation of the treaty, has published a report assessing the way its states parties monitor banking operations to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The report concludes that the...

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