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Enhanced co-operation and disclosure of electronic evidence: new countries join additional Protocol to Cybercrime Convention

Council of Europe 30 November 2022 Strasbourg

The Second Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention), aimed at enhancing co-operation and disclosure of electronic evidence, has been signed by Croatia, the Republic of Moldova, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. With this, 30 states are now...

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Europe needs more solidarity to help subnational governments face a 'perfect storm'

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 29 November 2022 Brussels

The Presidents of the European Committee of the Regions and of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe have warned that local and regional governments are struggling to cope with the series of crises that have rocked the continent since 2020. The statements came at...

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Anti-torture committee highlights continuing overcrowding and staff shortages in Belgium’s prisons

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 29 November 2022 Strasbourg

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has highlighted a range of persistent problems, including long-standing overcrowding and staff shortages, in Belgian prisons. Its latest report on Belgium follows an ad-hoc visit to prisons...

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InvestEU: Council of Europe Bank and European Commission sign agreement to mobilise €500 million in financing for social investments

Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 28 November 2022 Strasbourg

The European Commission and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) have signed an InvestEU guarantee agreement worth up to €159 million. This makes the CEB an InvestEU implementing partner and will mobilise around €500 million in additional loans for social projects. It represents an...

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Council of Europe at the 2022 Internet Governance Forum in Ethiopia

Council of Europe 28 November 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is taking part in the 17th United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) hosted by the government of Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia) from 28 November to 2 December. Held in a hybrid format under the theme “Resilient Internet for a Shared Sustainable and Common Future”, the IGF will...

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Observatory on History Teaching in Europe: Annual Conference tackles the future of history teaching

Observatory on History Teaching in Europe 28 November 2022 Strasbourg

The past year has shown how historical arguments can be used to nurture hate, but when taught in all its complexity, history can in fact help appease conflicts - as the 70 years’ experience of the Council of Europe in the field has shown. On December 1-2 the Council of Europe’s Observatory on...

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Norway: evaluation report on violence against women

Expert Group on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 25 November 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Expert Group on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) has published its baseline evaluation report on Norway. It contains a comprehensive analysis of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Norway. While acknowledging the steps taken...

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“There’s no place for violence against women in democratic cities and regions” says Congress Spokesperson on Gender Equality

Congress 25 November 2022 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women the Congress spokesperson for Gender Equality, Eirini Dourou (SOC, Greece), made the following statement: “Inclusive societies start with inclusivity at decision-making levels. However, women still remain...

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Statement by Committee of Ministers Chair, Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs

Presidency of the Committee of Ministers 24 November 2022 Strasbourg

“On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I reaffirm Iceland’s steadfast commitment to gender equality and the protection of the hard-earned progress concerning the human rights of women and girls. Together, we must combat all forms of violence against women and...

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Secretary General condemns Russia's attacks on hospitals and infrastructure in Ukraine, with repercussions in Moldova

Secretary General 24 November 2022 Strasbourg

“I condemn yet again Russia’s brutal attacks against hospitals (including a maternity ward), civilian and energy infrastructures in Ukraine, and their repercussions in the Republic of Moldova. This senseless and inhuman violence must stop.”

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Ukraine: We must help victims of sexual violence by Russian soldiers

Secretary General 24 November 2022 Strasbourg

Statement by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Council of Europe Secretary General

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Poland’s implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights: Secretary General’s Report

Secretary General 23 November 2022 Strasbourg

A report by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has been published on 23 November on serious issues raised by two judgments of the Polish Constitutional Court of 24 November 2021 and 10 March 2022. In these judgments, the Constitutional Court found that the European Convention on Human...

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First report on Georgia’s implementation of Istanbul Convention welcomes steps on legislation, calls for more services for victims and dissuasive sanctions for perpetrators

GREVIO 22 November 2022 Strasbourg

In its first report on Georgia the Council of Europe’s monitoring body GREVIO has welcomed the many steps taken by the Georgian authorities to align its laws, policies and institutional framework with the standards of the Istanbul Convention. However, further legal amendments are needed, more...

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Vilnius conference discusses Public Service Media’s role in supporting democracy, including in times of crisis

Council of Europe 21 November 2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are organising a conference in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 22 November to discuss the way to protect the critical role of public service media in upholding democracy at times when their sustainability and independence are being challenged...

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Local elections in Slovenia: Congress delegation welcomes an orderly ballot, but calls for more coherent regulations

Congress 21 November 2022 Strasbourg

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities carried out an observation mission of the local elections held on 20 November in Slovenia. The 18 observers were deployed to different regions of the country, in order to follow the electoral procedures in 120 polling stations,...

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Downing of flight MH17: 'Finally justice has been done, no room for impunity', says PACE President

PACE 17 November 2022 Strasbourg

PACE President Tiny Kox has made the following statement: "The Hague District Court in the Netherlands has just ruled on the State responsibility of the Russian Federation under the European Convention on Human Rights and other international conventions concerning the downing over eastern...

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Estonia needs to better address all forms of violence against women

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) 17 November 2022 Strasbourg

In its first evaluation report on Estonia, the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) recognises a clear commitment to eliminate gender-based violence, but also calls on the authorities to address all forms of violence against women, provide more...

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Barnahus model helps children who suffered sexual abuse from feeling like victims for a second time, say Council of Europe leaders

Council of Europe 17 November 2022 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 and Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe,...

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Conflict in Georgia: Secretary General’s Consolidated Report says human rights challenges persist in conflict-affected areas

Secretary General 16 November 2022 Strasbourg

Concerns persist regarding the human rights situation in the areas affected by the armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Georgia in August 2008, according to a report by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić presented to the Committee of Ministers. The bi-annual report (covering...

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Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

Secretary General 16 November 2022 Strasbourg

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the indiscriminate missiles strikes which hit Ukraine and Poland. On behalf of the Council of Europe, I express my condolences and full support to both countries. The bloodshed must immediately end. Europeans need peace and security to return to our...

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