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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Council of Europe Congress launches tool for promoting human rights at local and regional level in Europe

27 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

How can human rights be made a tangible reality at grassroots level? This issue was debated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 27 March 2017, with the participation of Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, and...

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Congress Session: rights-based governance at local and regional level

27-28 March, 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will hold its biannual session. Reports on local democracy in the smallest Council of Europe member States (Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco and San Marino) will be examined, with the participation of Antoni Martí Petit, Head of Government of the...

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Georgia: Venice Commission welcomes constitutional amendments, but regrets postponement to reform proportional election system

19 March 2018 Strasbourg

In a new opinion, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission praises changes towards greater participation of political parties in Georgia’s proportional election system, based on draft constitutional amendments that had been adopted by the Georgian Parliament in December last year. But their...

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International organisations commit to building broader support for human rights

06 March 2018 Geneva

With the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago, governments around the globe committed to making peace, democracy and justice a reality for all. We, national, regional and international institutions have worked towards that objective, striving to improve the life of...

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Statement by Congress President following the death of Archil Tatunashvili a Georgian citizen

27 February 2018 Strasbourg

Following the death of Archil Tatunashvili, a Georgian citizen who was being detained by the de facto authorities in Tskhingvali, Congress President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström declared: “I would like to join with the entire international community in expressing my outrage and sorrow at this tragic...

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ევროპის საბჭოს საპარლამენტო ასამბლეის თანამომხსენებლები საქართველოს მონიტორინგის საკითხებში ღრმა შეშფოთებას გამოხატავენ საქართველოს მოქალაქის გარდაცვალების გამო სამხრეთ ოსეთში (საქართველოში)

26.02.2018 Strasbourg

ევროპის საბჭოს საპარლამენტო ასამბლეის საქართველოს საკითხების მონიტორინგის თანამომხსენებლები კერსტინ ლუნდგრენი (შვედეთი) და ტიტუს კორლატეანი (რუმინეთი) ცხინვალში დე-ფაქტო ხელისუფლების მიერ დატყვევებული საქართველოს მოქალაქის გარდაცვალების გამო ღრმა შეშფოთებას გამოთქვამენ და მომხდარ ფაქტს გმობენ....

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Council of Europe, with Danish Government support, will fight hate speech in Georgia

On 14-15 February the Council of Europe representatives will pay a visit to Tbilisi under the new project Fight against discrimination, hate crimes and hate speech in Georgia”. The project is financed from the voluntary contribution of DKK 15,000,000 (approximately €2 million) made by the...

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Georgia: progress made, but items remain to be addressed, including with regard to the independence of the judiciary

26 January 2018

“Over the last decade Georgia has made considerable and consistent progress in honouring its accession commitments and membership obligations, in full co-operation with the Council of Europe,” said Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE) and Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), co-rapporteurs for the...

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The European Court of Human Rights presented the results of its work for 2017

Speaking at the Court’s annual press conference on 25 Janaury 2018, President Guido Raimondi reviewed the year 2017 and presented the statistics for the past year. He referred in particular to the increase in the number of new cases, but said that a large number of applications had been declared...

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Jagland and Timmermans call for European states to recommit to human rights standards

Human Rights Day 2017

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans have issued a joint statement calling for governments and opposition politicians across European states to recommit to promoting and maintaining human rights standards. ...

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Georgia: call for stronger system of checks and balances, including for security services

The monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE) and Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC), ending a visit to the country (20-22 November 2017), have welcomed the improvement of the constitutional framework in...

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Initially justified pre-trial detention of former PM of Georgia later unduly used as a means to exert pressure on him

28 November 2017

The case of Merabishvili v. Georgia (application no. 72508/13) concerned the arrest and pre-trial detention of a former Prime Minister of Georgia, Ivane Merabishvili, and his complaint that there had been ulterior purposes behind these measures. Mr Merabishvili namely alleged hat the arrest and...

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Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner: shortlist announced

The Committee of Ministers has submitted today a shortlist of three candidates for the post of Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner to the Organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly. The candidates are, in alphabetical order: - Mr Goran KLEMENČIČ (presented by Slovenia) - Mr Pierre-Yves LE...

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