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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 29 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers will hold its quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 30 November to 2 December. Cases proposed for detailed examination concern Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and...

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Freedom from violence against women: The impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe 26 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has published a new “Freedom from violence against women” section of its dedicated website highlighting the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights, as part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The new section includes twelve case studies...

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Secretary General meets Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine

Secretary General 25 November 2021 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met in Strasbourg with Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. They have discussed co-operation in the culture, heritage and landscape field, as well as media, anti-discrimination and the...

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International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women: Secretary General exchanges views with Italian Equal Opportunities and Family Minister Bonetti

Council of Europe 25 November 2021 Strasbourg

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has exchanged views with the Italian Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family Elena Bonetti. The meeting focused on the fight against violence on women and domestic violence in the...

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Italy and the Council of Europe call for end to violence against women, including online

Council of Europe 25 November 2021 Strasbourg

We have the tools to overcome the mounting threat of violence against women and girls, including online violence. Joint statement by Elena Bonetti, Italian Minister for equal opportunities and family and Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić. We mark in 2021 the anniversary...

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Council of Europe Secretary General reacts to judgment from Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal

Secretary General 24 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement in response to today’s judgment from the Polish Constitutional Tribunal: “All 47 Council of Europe member states, including Poland, have undertaken to secure the rights and freedoms set out...

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New Council of Europe recommendation tackles the “digital dimension” of violence against women and girls

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 24 November 2021 Strasbourg

This year’s UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) shines a spotlight on the digital dimension of violence against women and girls. From body shaming (mocking someone’s bodily shape, size, or appearance) and cyber-flashing (sending unsolicited sexual...

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Secretary General meets Minister of Labour and Social Policy of North Macedonia

Secretary General 24 November 2021 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met in Strasbourg with Jagoda Shahpaska, Minister of Labour and Social Policy of North Macedonia. Earlier the Minister delivered an opening statement at the International Roma Women’s Conference “Protecting the Human Rights and...

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Secretary General meets with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Secretary General 24 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has met in Strasbourg with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarusian opposition leader. They discussed the situation in Belarus in the light of recent developments in the area of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

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International Roma women’s conference: “Protecting the human rights and dignity of Roma and Traveller women in times of crises”

Roma and Travellers 24 November 2021 Strasbourg

Over 100 Roma and Traveller women are taking part in a hybrid conference organised by the Council of Europe’s Roma and Travellers Team in partnership with Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of North Macedonia from 24-26 November. Opened by Jagoda Shahpaska, Minister of Labour and Social Policy...

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UNWTO and Council of Europe to Promote Cultural Routes

Council of Europe 23 November 2021 Strasbourg

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Council of Europe will work together to develop the opportunities tourism offers to local communities and to enhance the tourist experience along the European region’s Cultural Routes. The joint actions will be aimed at recognising the...

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Secretary General visits the Republic of Moldova

Secretary General 22 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General paid an official visit to the Republic of Moldova on 22 November. She met the President of the Republic, Maia Sandu; the Prime Minister, Natalia Gavrilița; the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Nicu Popescu; the President of the...

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2021 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction in Portugal

Council of Europe 22 November 2021 Strasbourg

Earthquakes, floods, landslides, debris flows, avalanches, droughts, mudslides, and extreme temperatures: the effect of climate change needs a holistic approach to disaster risk to mitigate the worst impacts of the biological hazards. The 2021 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction...

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Congress concludes election observation mission to Denmark

Congress 18 November 2021 Strasbourg

An eight-member delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has concluded its first ever electoral mission to Denmark following the observation of local and regional elections held in the country on 16 November. On election day, four Congress teams, deployed to the Copenhagen...

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Italy takes over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers 17 November 2021 Strasbourg

Italy today took over the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from Hungary during a meeting with representatives of the Organisation’s 47 member states. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, gave an overview of his country’s...

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Council of Europe Secretary General concerned about tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Secretary General 17 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has made the following statement concerning relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan: “I am concerned about reports of on-going incidents between Armenia and Azerbaijan that have already cost human lives. News of a...

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To prevent sexual abuse, children’s circle of trust must be made safer

Secretary General 16 November 2021 Strasbourg

Ahead of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse marked on 18 November, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has called on the states to step up their efforts to ensure that children’s “circle of trust” (those around them...

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Committee of Ministers reaffirms key role of Medicrime Convention

Committee of Ministers 15 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers has reaffirmed the key role of the MEDICRIME Convention which was opened for signature in Moscow on 28 October 2011. In a declaration to mark the Convention’s 10th anniversary, the Committee underlined how important the Convention is for guaranteeing and promoting the...

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Secretary General concerned by plans to liquidate International Memorial in the Russian Federation

Secretary General 12 november 2021 Strasbourg

The news that the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office seeks to liquidate International Memorial, one of Russia’s oldest and most reputable human rights organisations, on the basis of the so-called “Foreign Agents” law is very regrettable. As the Council of Europe repeatedly indicated, this law...

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Green Blue Deal for the Middle East wins Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award

World Forum for Democracy 10 November 2021 Strasbourg

At the closing session of the 9th World Forum for Democracy, the Council of Europe announced that the winner of its 2021 Democracy Innovation Award was the Green Blue Deal for the Middle East, an initiative by EcoPeace Middle East which brings together Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian...

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