Local and regional democracy in Georgia

07 November 2018 Strasbourg, France

Substantial progress has been achieved in the field of local and regional democracy in Georgia over the past 15 years, but lack of clarity in competences distribution, difficulties faced by opposition members in access to the information held by municipal administrations, and risks of...

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Voters had a genuine choice and candidates campaigned freely, but on an unlevel playing field, international observers say

29.10.2018

Georgia’s 28 October presidential election was competitive and professionally administered. Candidates were able to campaign freely and voters had a genuine choice, although there were instances of the misuse of state resources, and the involvement of senior state officials from the ruling party...

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PACE to observe the Presidential election in Georgia

23.10.2018

A 25-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), headed by Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL), will travel to Georgia from 26 to 29 October to observe the conduct of the presidential election alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, European...

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Protecting Human Rights and Fighting Corruption at Council of Europe Sport Ministers’ Conference in Tbilisi

15 October 2018

Which steps could be taken by public authorities to address human rights’ violations in the context of sport? How to support sport movement to protect and promote human rights? What are the obstacles to leading a more effective fight against corruption in the field of sport? Taking stock of...

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10 October: European Day against the Death Penalty

9 October 2018

The 47-nation Council of Europe and the 28-member European Union have published a joint declaration to mark the European and World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October. The declaration underlines the two organisations’ strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances. “The...

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Council of Europe and FIFA sign Memorandum of Understanding

5 October 2018

Council of Europe Secretary General Thørbjorn Jagland and FIFA President Gianni Infantino have signed today at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the co-operation between the two institutions and further develop synergies and partnerships in areas of...

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Efficiency and quality of justice: Council of Europe publishes its 2018 report

4 October 2018 Paris, France

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the Council of Europe today sets out the main trends observed in this field in 45 European countries (*) in a report and a publicly accessible interactive database. The evaluation report - the 7th since the CEPEJ was set up in 2002...

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Progress made in actions protecting refugee and migrant children in Europe

27 September 2018

Council of Europe is presenting progress in actions taken to ensure the safety and the proper treatment of children entering Europe, according to the report “Refugee and migrant children in Europe” - Progress in implementation of the Action Plan (2017–2019), published today. “I am pleased that...

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A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a periodic visit to Georgia from 10 to 21 September 2018

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Georgia

25 September 2018

During the visit, the delegation assessed progress made in the implementation of the recommendations made by the CPT following the previous visit in 2014. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the treatment of persons in police custody and the situation of prisoners in...

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‘General environment appropriate for democratic elections, still with room for improvement’ says delegation to Georgia

20.09.2018

A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was in Tbilisi on 19 and 20 September 2018 to assess the pre-electoral climate of the presidential election in Georgia scheduled for 28 October. The delegation,* led by Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL), felt that the general...

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PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Georgia

A five-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), headed by Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL), will make a pre-electoral visit to Georgia from 19 to 20 September 2018 to assess the election campaign and political climate ahead of the 28 October Presidential...

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10th anniversary of the conflict in Georgia

Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia

7 August 2018

Marija Pejčinović Burić, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, today made the following statement: “This year marks the 10th anniversary of the conflict in Georgia, which is unfortunately still unresolved. In my capacity as Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the...

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Entry into force of Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights

On 1 August 2018 Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights came into force in respect of the 10 member States that have signed and ratified it: Albania, Armenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Lithuania, San Marino, Slovenia and Ukraine. Protocol No. 16 enables the highest...

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Council of Europe gives recommendations to member States on children’s rights in the digital environment

4 July 2018

How to better respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment is at the core of the new Recommendation adopted today by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. Building on international and European legal instruments, the text provides comprehensive...

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The Council of Europe adopts a new counter-terrorism strategy for 2018-2022

04 July 2018

In response to the acute terrorist threat in Europe, the Council of Europe today adopted a new strategy based on prevention, prosecution and protection, including assistance to victims. “We must improve the ability of our member states to prevent and combat terrorism, in full compliance with...

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Council of Europe launches new information resource

Impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

14 June 2018

The Council of Europe has launched a new interactive website highlighting the positive impact of the European Convention on Human Rights across the continent. The site illustrates how judgments from the European Court of Human Rights, and their implementation by national authorities, have...

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Monitors strongly condemn recognition by Syria of Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE) and Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), strongly condemned the recognition by the Syrian authorities of the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia....

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Council of Europe at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance

1 June 2018

A Council of Europe delegation will contribute to the discussions of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) to be held on 5 and 6 June in Tbilisi (Georgia). Under the theme “Innovative strategies for our digital future”, the EuroDIG 2018 will bring together representatives of...

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Council of Europe and UEFA sign Memorandum of Understanding

30 May 2018

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin have signed today at Palais de l’Europe a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their co-operation and implement common strategies in areas of shared interest. This landmark agreement focuses on four...

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Five additional members joining GREVIO

24 May 2018

Today, in Strasbourg, in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2014)43 on rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 19 November 2014,...

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Enhancing data protection globally: Council of Europe updates its landmark convention

18 May 2018 Elsinore (Danemark)

Aiming to strengthen personal data protection at global scale, the Council of Europe today adopted an amending Protocol which updates its data protection convention, known as “Convention 108”. The modernisation of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic...

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Secretary General 2018 Report: Role of Institutions, Threats to Institutions

14 May 2018 Strasbourg

Human rights, democracy and the rule of law depend on the institutions that give them form. But for populists, who invoke the proclaimed “will of the people”, these institutional checks and balances on power are often seen as an obstacle that should be subverted. The 5th annual report of the...

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Statement by Anders Samuelsen, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark on Europe Day

5 May: Europe Day

5 May 2018 Strasbourg

“Today we celebrate Europe Day. Being the Chair of the Committee Ministers on Europe Day in 2018 affords me two opportunities: first, to congratulate and express my support for all those who work every day to champion and take forward fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to Georgia

16 April 2018

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a monitoring visit to Georgia from 17 to 18 April 2018. The delegation will examine the situation of local and regional democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of...

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France ratifies Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights, triggering its entry into force

headline 12 April 2018

The French Minister of Justice, Nicole Belloubet, has deposited, in Copenhagen, the instrument of ratification of Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights. This was the tenth ratification, which therefore triggered the entry into force of that protocol establishing dialogue...

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Execution of ECHR judgments in 2017: key findings on Georgia

4 April 2018

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has published its annual report for 2017 on the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) today. In accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, the Committee of Ministers is responsible for supervising the...

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Supervision of the execution of judgments of the Court: Committee of Ministers publishes 11th annual report

4 April 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, which oversees the implementation of European Court of Human Rights judgments, closed a record number of 3,691 cases last year, leading to a 24% decrease in the total number of outstanding cases. There were 7,584 pending cases at the end of 2017,...

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Committee of Ministers

Council of Europe adopts new recommendation on terrorists acting alone

3 April 2018 Strasbourg

As Europe is confronted with returning terrorist fighters and lone-wolf terror attacks, the Council of Europe has recommended a set of measures to combat these dangers. In a recommendation adopted today, the Council’s Committee of Ministers reviews measures for preventing radicalisation, better...

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Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)

21st century slavery: European anti-trafficking experts raise the alarm over labour exploitation

3 April 2018 Strasbourg

Trafficking for labour exploitation is on the rise across Europe. In several countries, it has overtaken sexual exploitation as the main form of human trafficking. Official figures underestimate the true scale of the problem and there have been few successful prosecutions and convictions. These...

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Congress Chamber of Local Authorities approves Information Report on municipal elections held in Georgia

headline 29 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

The overall well-administered Election Day, transparency of the electoral process and confidence in the performance of the Central Election Commission were highlighted by Congress Rapporteur Stewart DICKSON (United Kingdom, ILDG) during a debate on the municipal elections held in Georgia on 21...

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