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  • Jagland: Brussels terrorist attacks targeted European values

    Jagland: Brussels terrorist attacks targeted European values

    SECRETARY GENERALSTRASBOURG22 MARCH 2016

    At a news conference today, following a meeting with Bujar Nishani, President of the Republic of…

  • Supervision of the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: Committee of Ministers publishes 9th annual report

    Supervision of the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: Committee of Ministers publishes 9th annual report

    COMMITTEE OF MINISTERSSTRASBOURG30 MARCH 2016

    Positive trends continue in 2015 – new record number of cases closed

    • Death penalty in Japan

      Death penalty in Japan

      COMMITTEE OF MINISTERSSTRASBOURG30 MARCH 2016

      In a Statement adopted today, the Committee of Ministers representing the 47 Council of Europe…

      LATEST REPORTS

      17 MARCH 2016
      GRECO publishes a report on Turkey

      17 MARCH 2016
      CPT publishes a report on “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

      16 MARCH 2016
      GRETA publishes a report on Refugee crisis

      René Cassin advocacy competition (30, 31 March and 1 April 2016)

      TREATY OFFICE

      29 MARCH 2016
      Sweden ratified the Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (CETS No. 213).

      23 MARCH 2016
      Lithuania signed the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 217).

      Events

      500th anniversary of the Ghetto in Venice

      VENICE (ITALY), 

      Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will participate in the events, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Ghetto in Venice and at the opening of the exhibition on the European Route of Jewish Heritage. She will present a commemorative plate by the Council of Europe to the Jewish Community and the Jewish Museum of Venice and receive a medal from the Jewish Community of Venice.

      Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24

      Symposium on Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants – Lessons from research

      STRASBOURG, 

      The Council of Europe has been implementing since 2007 a project on “Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants” (LIAM). It offers member states clear principles and guidelines as well as targeted practical support to help them respond to the challenges of linguistic integration. The symposium will bring together some 180 participants, researchers and academics from all over Europe and beyond. 70 individual contributions of researchers will be presented before being compiled as an interdisciplinary inventory offering governments additional resources for the elaboration of policies.

      Draft Programme – Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

      Conference on “Good Governance at Local Level: challenges and prospects”

      SOFIA, 

      In the framework of the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria will organise a conference focusing on the implementation of theStrategy for Innovation and Good Governance at Local Level. It will also offer participants from various member states a platform to exchange knowledge, best practice and experience around three principles of good governance: efficiency; public ethics; openness and transparency. Promotion of Council of Europe tools in this field is also part of the programme.

      More informationDraft programme – Contact: Can Fisek, tel. +33 3 88 41 30 41

      Also…

      29 MARCH 2016, STRASBOURG

      The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 6 judgments.

      ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

       

      29 MARCH 2016, STRASBOURG

      The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Bédat v. Switzerland at a public hearing (2.00 p.m.).

      The case concerns the fining of a journalist for publishing documents covered by investigative secrecy in a criminal case.

      More informationECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

       

      29-30 MARCH 2016, ISRAËL AND PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

      Eva-Lena Jansson, rapporteur of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons will make a fact-finding visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah in the context of the preparation of her report on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

       

      30 MARCH 2016, STRASBOURG

      The Committee of Ministers will make public the annual report for 2015 on its supervision of the execution of judgements and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

      Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04

       

      30 MARCH 2016, GENEVA

      The Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees, Tomáš Boček, will deliver a speech at the UNHCR high-level meeting on global responsibility sharing through pathways for administration of Syrian refugees.

      More information – Contact: Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 3 90 21 53 70

       

      30 MARCH 2016, STRASBOURG

      The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Armani Da Silva v. the United Kingdom at a public hearing (3.00 p.m.).

      The case concerns the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian national mistakenly identified by the police as a suicide bomber. Ms Armani Da Silva, who is Mr de Menezes’ cousin, complains in particular about the decision not to prosecute any individuals for her cousin’s death.

      More informationECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

       

      30 MARCH-1ST APRIL 2016, STRASBOURG (LARGE HEARING ROOM OF THE ECHR)

      The 31th annual René Cassin Competition will bring together 30 teams of 120 students from around the world who will plead (in French) a fictional case study concerning armed conflicts and ECHR Law. The competition is sponsored by the University of Strasbourg (Institute of Political Studies and Faculty of Law), the René Cassin Fondation-International Institute of Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe.

      More information – Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35

       

      31 MARCH 2016, STRASBOURG

      Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Vyacheslav Lebedev, Chair of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

      Contact: Daniel Höltgen, tel. +33 6 68 29 87 51

       

      31 MARCH 2016, STRASBOURG

      The Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) will publish the report on its last visit to Belgium, together with the response by the authorities.

      Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04

       

      31 MARCH 2016, STRASBOURG

      The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 29 judgments and/or decisions.

      ECHR website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

       

      31 MARCH-2 APRIL 2016, HUNGARY

      Tobias Zech, PACE rapporteur of the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, will make a fact-finding visit in the context of the preparation of his report on “Promoting the inclusion of Roma and Travellers”.

      Source: Council of Europe

      By

      Robert Williams

      Editor in Chief

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