Malta makes a voluntary contribution

29 November 2022 Strasbourg

The Government of Malta has made a voluntary contribution of €10 000 to support the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2022 and its successor action plan. The agreement was signed on 29 November 2022 by Ms Hon. Alison Zerafa Civelli, Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government, and...

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

SECRETARY GENERAL 24 November 2022 Strasbourg

Nine months to the day that war in Ukraine began, we read increasing reports of alleged war crimes, including sexual violence against women and girls. Sadly, history is repeating itself. Rape and other forms of sexual violence committed by combatants during armed conflict are as old as war...

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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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Protecting and supporting children impacted by the war in Ukraine must be top priority

18 November 2022 Strasbourg

“The war in Ukraine has been devastating for children. Council of Europe member states should redouble their efforts to protect and support the children who are suffering as a result of Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović,...

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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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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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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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Impact of COVID 19 on women’s access to justice: what are the next steps?

10 November 2022 Strasbourg

What can states do to address persistent and emerging challenges and barriers women face when accessing justice? How can the Covid-19 pandemic incentivise legal professionals in the national justice systems to rethink and reshape national approaches to access to justice and gender equality? Join...

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Iceland takes over Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers


Iceland has taken over the rotating Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers from Ireland during a meeting with representatives of the Organisation’s 46 member states. The incoming Chair – Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir –...

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Taking stock of Ireland’s Presidency


The Council of Europe has published a summary of Ireland’s six-month Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, which comes to an end on 9 November 2022. Ireland took over the Presidency on 20 May, a critical time in the Council of Europe’s history as the organisation sought to respond to the war...

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4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe


“I would like to praise the Committee of Ministers’ decision to hold a 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe. It is a clear sign of strong commitment for our founding values: human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. The Summit will be a unique opportunity to...

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Summit in Reykjavik to renew ‘the Conscience of Europe’


Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland Simon Coveney, Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić have all welcomed the Committee of Ministers’ decision to hold a Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe on 16-17 May 2023...

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30th anniversary of European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages


On 5 November 1992, eleven Council of Europe member states, convinced that the preservation and development of Europe's cultural traditions and wealth depended on the protection of its regional or minority languages, signed the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Today, this...

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World Forum for Democracy: “Democracy: A new hope?”

WORLD FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY 2 November 2022 Strasbourg

“Democracy: A new hope?” is the theme of this year’s World Forum for Democracy, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The event, taking place from 7 to 9 November at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, will bring together intellectuals, politicians, activists, experts and young people from...

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Refugee women and children: Council of Europe Congress calls for more coordination for a reception respecting human rights in towns and regions


The number of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons throughout the world has never been so high as in 2022, and women and children face heightened vulnerabilities and violence in the course of migration. That is the finding of the report on the reception of women and child refugees in...

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PACE President: “There should be no impunity, neither for the Russian President and Government, nor for the Parliament”


“The State Duma and Federation Council have given full support to the war of aggression against Ukraine and validated the recent illegal attempted annexations, after they acted in a similar way in 2014. Together with the Russian President and the Russian Government, the Russian Parliament...

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"We are defending not only Ukraine, but also European democratic values," Kyiv Mayor Klitschko and Minister Chernyshov tell Council of Europe Congress


The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe held a debate today on the Russian Federation's war against Ukraine, with the (online) participation of the Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, and the Ukrainian Minister for Community and Territorial Development, Oleksiy...

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Mathieu Mori elected Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe


Mathieu Mori (France) was elected today as Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe for a five-year term of office, on the occasion of the 43rd Session of the Congress in Strasbourg. Addressing the Congress members, Mr Mori highlighted the...

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Ukraine – Joint amicus curiae brief on certain questions related to the election and discipline of the members of the High Council of Justice, adopted by the Venice Commission at its 132nd Plenary Session (Venice, 21-22 October 2022)

Venice Commission 25 October 2022 Strasbourg

The joint Amicus Curiae Brief by the Venice Commission and the Council of Europe’s Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law (DGI) on certain questions related to the election and discipline of the members of the High Council of Justice of Ukraine was published. It was adopted by the...

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Today at 2 pm: Council of Europe Congress to hold a debate with Kyiv Mayor Klitschko and Ukrainian Minister Chernyshov

25 October 2022 STRASBOURG, FRANCE

Strasbourg, 25 October 2022 - At the opening of the 43rd Session, the members of Congress adopted the final agenda of the session and confirmed the holding of a debate today at 2 pm on the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine with the participation (online) of Oleksiy Chernyshov, Minister of...

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