Human rights and environment: the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

27 September 2021 Strasbourg, France

Ahead of a series of Parliamentary Assembly debates on the right to a healthy environment, the Council of Europe has published a new “environment” section of its dedicated website highlighting the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights. The new section includes ten case studies showing...

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PACE Autumn Session focuses on the right to a healthy environment

24 September 2021 Strasbourg, France

A high-level panel and interactive debate on “The environment and human rights: the right to a safe, healthy and sustainable environment”, as well as a full day of debates on this topic, forms the centrepiece of the Autumn Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE),...

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European Day of Languages 2021: “All voices matter” says Secretary General

24 September 2021 Strasbourg, France

26 September 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the European Day of Languages. Since 2001, the Day has been celebrating the rich tapestry of languages coexisting in Europe and beyond. According to Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić “The European Day of Languages reminds...

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European Heritage Days 2021 celebrate “Heritage: All Inclusive!”

2 September 2021

The 2021 #EuropeanHeritageDays will celebrate Inclusive and Diverse Heritage to encourage broad participation in culture, to foster and celebrate diversity, and to emphasise that interaction with individuals and communities with different cultural backgrounds can enrich our lives. Particular...

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Council of Europe member states should not undermine human rights protections in response to Afghans seeking safety

30 August 2021 Strasbourg

“Member states should unequivocally commit to handling the arrival of persons fleeing the horrendous situation in Afghanistan in accordance with their human rights obligations”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović. “Various governments and local authorities...

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The rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people in the Southern Caucasus denounces violence in Georgia during the Tbilisi Pride Week

6 July 2021 Strasbourg, France

“I strongly condemn the acts of violence occurred in Georgia during the Tbilisi Pride Week, targeting in particular the office of the organisers of this LGBTI rights awareness week, which was occupied and ransacked, and the journalists present at the planned starting point of the march, which was...

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Sanctions and measures without deprivation of liberty grow in Europe: annual statistics for 2020

8 June 2021 Strasbourg, France

The number of persons subject to sanctions and measures which keep offenders in the community and do not deprive them of liberty grew by 3% in Europe from 2019 to 2020, according to the 2020 SPACE II annual survey, carried out for the Council of Europe by the University of Lausanne. (Please see...

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PACE Georgia monitors welcome political agreement and call on all political forces to put national interest over those of their individual parties

8 June 2021 Strasbourg, France

Following a visit to Tbilisi from 1 to 3 June 2021, the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlăţean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have welcomed the political agreement mediated by European Council...

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Let the rainbow arc bend towards justice, says Secretary General on IDAHOT Day

17 May 2021 Strasbourg, France

Progress is not even, attitudes are slow to change, and discrimination against LGBTI people remains deeply embedded in some European societies, warned Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and...

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Democracy is in distress, finds the Council of Europe Secretary General’s annual report for 2021

11 May 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has highlighted a “clear and worrying degree of democratic backsliding” in her latest annual report on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law across the continent. “In many cases, the problems we...

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Let’s “widen the circle of support” for treaty to protect women and girls against violence

11 May 2021 Strasbourg, France

In a speech to mark the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić outlined the success of the treaty over the past decade, urging...

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10 years of the Istanbul Convention: Bringing hope, promoting respect and inspiring change to end violence against women

6 May 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, have issued a declaration to mark 10 years since it was opened for signature on 11 May 2011, in Istanbul. The Committee...

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Anti-torture committee warns against impact of austerity measures on prison conditions

6 May 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has issued a set of minimum requirements for conditions of detention in European prisons, concerned by the negative effects of pre-existing austerity measures in certain states, which could be exacerbated by possible deeper...

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Protecting vulnerable groups in crisis situations: more effective structures and procedures needed

5 May2021

The Committee of Ministers has adopted Guidelines for the 47 member states to help them in upholding equality and protecting against discrimination and hate during the Covid-19 pandemic and similar crises in the future. The Committee stresses the importance of establishing effective structures...

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Joint Opinion of the Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR on the amendments to the Election Code of Georgia

Strasbourg, France

The Venice Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR issued their urgent joint opinion on the draft amendments to the Election Code of Georgia, following an urgent request for assistance by the then Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr Archil Talakvadze, addressed to the OSCE/ODIHR on 9 March 2021....

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Joint statement by Council of Europe Secretary General and German Federal Justice Minister

Journalism and Covid-19: Press freedom is essential in times of crisis

headline 3 May 2021 Strasbourg, France

In a joint statement to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, and the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany, Christine Lambrecht, representing the German Presidency of the Council of Europe’s...

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The Secretary General presents her vision for improving the implementation of social rights in Europe

30 April 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, made public today her proposals (SG/Inf(2021)13) for improving the implementation of social rights in Europe by reinforcing the European Social Charter system. Improving the implementation of social rights in Europe and...

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Committee of Ministers: European states must step up efforts to protect children’s privacy in digital environment

29 April 2021 Strasbourg, France

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, European states should enhance safeguarding measures in processing personal data of children, notably health-related data and data collected in education settings, to minimise potential adverse effects, including the public identification of a child as a...

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Secretary General: European governments should show stronger political will to protect press freedom

28 April 2021

In a statement issued ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić urged European governments to show stronger political will to protect journalists and independent journalism in order to put a stop to the deterioration of media freedom in...

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Venice Commission on appointing Supreme Court judges in Georgia: legislative amendments welcomed, but improvements needed to ensure a meaningful right to appeal and equality

29 April 2021

The Venice Commission in its urgent opinion welcomes the amendments to the Organic Law of Georgia on Common Courts, which have taken into account several of its previous recommendations. Nevertheless, there are certain outstanding recommendations that should be considered in order to ensure even...

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Council of Europe anti-corruption body GRECO says Georgia has implemented 7 out of 16 recommendations on preventing corruption among MPs, judges and prosecutors

12 April 2021

Over the past two years, Georgia has implemented two more recommendations issued by GRECO in 2016, on the prevention of corruption in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors, said the Council of Europe anti-corruption group GRECO in a new compliance report published today. All in...

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Covid-19 is worsening human trafficking – states should take action, warn Council of Europe experts

9 April 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a worrying impact on human trafficking across Europe and states should do more to prevent it, according to the latest annual report from the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). “The effects of the pandemic...

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Europe’s imprisonment rate continues to fall: Council of Europe’s annual penal statistics

8 April 2021

The overall European imprisonment rate - the number of persons in prison per 100,000 inhabitants - fell again slightly in 2020, consolidating a trend that started in 2013, according to the Council of Europe’s Annual Penal Statistics on Prison Populations for 2020 (see also the Key findings). On...

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Reform of mental health services: an urgent need and a human rights imperative

“Already in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was warning that substantial investment in mental health services was necessary to avert a mental health crisis. The evidence for the devastating impact of the pandemic on mental health is now...

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International Roma Day: Remembering history to ensure a brighter future

7 April 2021

A community that is fully aware of its history and culture is more likely to look at the present and the future with confidence. From my work so far as Secretary General, I am impressed by the commitment of Roma youth to establish national and international organisations and networks, taking...

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Links between terrorism and transnational organised crime: Committee of Ministers adopts guidelines

1 April 2021

The Committee of Ministers has adopted guidelines which provide member States with practical advice to help relevant national authorities to better prevent and fight terrorism, and to enhance their understanding of the links between organised crime groups and terrorist organisations who are...

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Legal aid in civil and administrative law: new guidelines

1 April 2021

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a set of guidelines for the 47 member States to help them improve the functioning of national systems of legal aid in the fields of civil and administrative law. The Committee of Ministers stresses the importance of establishing an...

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Committee of Ministers adopts Recommendation to strengthen national human rights institutions

31 March 2021

The Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation to its member States on the development and strengthening of effective, pluralist and independent national human rights institutions (NHRIs). Such institutions are among the pillars of respect for human rights, the rule of law and democracy....

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bE-Open: ამოქმედდა სამოქმედო ინსტრუმენტი ღია მმართველობისათვის

ადგილობრივ და რეგიონულ ხელისუფალთა კონგრესის მე-40 სესიის აღსანიშნავად ამოქმედდა ახალი ონლაინ ინსტრუმენტი - bE-Open. ეს ინსტრუმენტი მიზნად ისახავს ადგილობრივ და რეგიონულ მმართველობაში ჩართული პირების ადგილობრივი დემოკრატიის ხარისხის გაუმჯობესების საქმეში მხარდაჭერას. იგი იძლევა პრაქტიკულ...

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Call for tenders for the provision of consultancy services in the area of research and capacity building on women’s access to justice

01/04/2021 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe is launching a call for the provision of consultancy services in the area of research and capacity building on women’s access to justice in the framework of the EU/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance II regional project Women’s Access to Justice: delivering on...

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ევროპული სასამართლოს გადაწყვეტილებების აღსრულება: მიუხედავად პანდემიისა, პროგრესი სახეზეა 2020 წელს, თუმცა საჭიროა დამატებითი ძალისხმევა

31 მარტი 2021

ევროპის საბჭოს მინისტრთა კომიტეტის ბოლო წლიური ანგარიშის თანახმად, ევროპის სახელმწიფოები აგრძელებენ პროგრესს ადამიანის უფლებათა ევროპული სასამართლოს (ევროპული სასამართლო) გადაწყვეტილებების აღსრულების კუთხით, მიუხედავად კოვიდ-19 პანდემიისა. დამატებითი ძალისხმევაა საჭირო ევროპული სასამართლოს მიერ...

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European Committee of Social Rights: 2020 Conclusions on employment, training and equal opportunities

24 March 2021 Strasbourg, France

The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has published its Conclusions 2020 on the provisions of the European Social Charter relating to employment, training and equal opportunities: the right to work (Article 1); the right to vocational guidance (Article 9); the right to vocational...

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Georgia: Reform for elections, political associations and parliament rules should be “reconsidered”, according to Venice Commission

24 March 2021 Strasbourg, France

In a joint opinion, requested in December 2020 by the Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia and adopted at the latest plenary of the Venice Commission (19-20 March 2021), the OSCE/ODIHR and the Venice Commission call on Georgia to reconsider several amendments to the Election Code, the Law on...

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Venice Commission publishes opinions on 10 countries

23 March 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission is publishing 13 opinions this week, which were adopted during its plenary session this past Friday and Saturday, on Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Spain, Russia, Ukraine. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were also on the agenda. Held...

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Leendert Verbeek elected as the President of the Congress

23 March 2021

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Council of Europe has elected, during its 40th Session, Leendert Verbeek (Netherlands, SOC/G/PD) as its new President, for a mandate of 2 years and a half. He is the King’s Commissioner for the Province of Flevoland and he was previously the Chair...

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Secretary General tells PACE, “During Covid we have been present where people need us.”

19 March 2021

Speaking to members of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić emphasised that since the start of the health crisis in Europe, the Council of Europe has not only advised but also provided material support to its member States. “We have...

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Respect human rights to rebuild our societies in all their diversity, say human rights heads on International Anti-Racism Day

19 March 2021

The pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for governments, health systems and societies at large, with many people in despair. We also witnessed solidarity with generosity, care and commitment towards the most vulnerable. This crisis offers us a unique opportunity to create more inclusive and...

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ECRI annual report: Covid-19 deepened inequalities, LGBTI backlash, growing religious intolerance and BLM

18 March 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission (ECRI) in its 2020 annual report published ahead of the International Day against Racial Discrimination on 21 March, identified four key challenges Europe was facing last year. These are: mitigating the disproportional impact of the Covid-19 pandemic...

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Georgia: progress in fighting human trafficking, but improvements required

16 March 2021 Strasbourg, France

In its third report on Georgia’s implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, the Council of Europe’s anti-human trafficking monitoring body, GRETA, focuses on trafficking victims’ access to justice and effective remedies. The report acknowledges progress in...

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40th Session of the Congress – first part-session

15 March 2021

The Congress will hold the first part of its 40th Session, 23-24 March 2021. The session will be held remotely, given the current COVID-19 health crisis. The Congress will elect its President, and the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of its chambers of local and regional authorities. It will decide...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

9 March 2021

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is holding its quarterly meeting to oversee the execution of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from 9 to 11 March. Information on the cases to be examined in detail this week is available here(*) Decisions...

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Istanbul Convention at 10 years: leading the way to a life free from violence

5 March 2021 Strasbourg, France

In a joint statement to mark UN International Women’s Day, German Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Franziska Giffey and Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić highlight the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Convention on...

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Addressing intolerance and discrimination against LGBTI people: new publication by ECRI

1 March 2021 Strasbourg, France

Key recommendations of the Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission (ECRI) to the Organisation’s member states on how to end policies and practices that may lead to intolerance and discrimination against LGBTI people, are the basis of a new publication (factsheet) that was launched today, on...

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Secretary General addresses United Nations Human Rights Council

24 February 2021

On 23 February Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić addressed the 46th session of the Human Rights Council by video link. Dear friends, When I addressed your 43rd Session, almost exactly one year ago, the world was very different. Since then, COVID-19 has changed how we live and work. And...

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ევროსაბჭოს საპარლამენტო ასამბლეის თანამომხსენებლები თბილისში განხორციელებულ შტურმსა და ოპოზიციის ლიდერის, ნიკა მელიას, დაკავებას ეხმიანებიან

24 თებერვალი, 2021

ევროსაბჭოს საპარლამენტო ასამბლეის თანამომხსენებლები საქართველოს მონიტორინგის საკითხებში ტიტუს კორლატეანი (რუმინეთი) და კლოდ კერნი (საფრანგეთი) შეშფოთებას გამოთქვამენ თბილისში განვითარებული მოვლენების თაობაზე. ”მიუხედავად იმისა, რომ არავინ უნდა იდგეს კანონზე მაღლა, ნაციონალური მოძრაობის ოფისზე...

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Call for consultants: specialised expertise on remedies to discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the Eastern Partnership countries

15 February 2021

The Council of Europe is currently implementing a project on strengthening access to justice for victims of discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the Eastern Partnership countries. In that context, it is looking for Provider(s) for the provision of specialised consultancy activities on...

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New reports show increasing discrimination and attacks on LGBTI people in Poland and Europe as a whole

10 February 2021

A report on a fact-finding mission to Poland in November last year draws attention to increasing attacks and discrimination against LGBTI people in the country, focusing on cities, provinces and regions that are adopting family charters and resolutions against so-called "LGBT ideology". Another,...

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Implementing ECHR judgments: New thematic factsheet on children’s rights

5 February 2021

The Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has published a new factsheet focusing on cases related to children. The factsheet summarises measures reported by 29 member states to safeguard and protect children’s rights in response to 62 different...

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PACE Georgia monitors express deep concern at illegal sentencing of Georgian citizen

09/02/2021

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have today expressed their deep concern at the illegal sentencing of Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze to twelve years imprisonment by a so-called court in...

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ევროპის საბჭოსა და ევროკავშირის აღმოსავლეთ პარტნიორობის ექვს ქვეყანაში სამომავლო თანამშრომლობის პრიორიტეტული მიმართულებები „წინადადების ყუთის“ შემოთავაზებებზე დაყრდნობით

5 თებერვალი, 2021

2020 წლის 5-7 ოქტომბერს ონლაინ ღონისძიება „მოქალაქეთა ყოფის გაუმჯობესება უკეთესი მმართველობის გზით“ ევროკავშირისა და ევროპის საბჭოს ერთობლივი პროგრამის „პარტნიორობა კარგი მმართველობისთვის 2019-2021“ მხარდაჭერით გაიმართა. ღონისძიებაზე სპიკერებმა და მონაწილეებმა ისაუბრეს პროგრამის ფარგლებში,...

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