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Ukraine lagging in reform efforts to prevent corruption of MPs, judges and prosecutors

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO has published its conclusions on Ukraine’s progress in enacting recommendations that were made by GRECO in 2017, on preventing corruption of MPs, judges and prosecutors. Out of 31 recommendations, Ukraine has satisfactorily enacted five, with fifteen partially enacted and eleven not implemented at all. GRECO notes that although some laws addressing its […]

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Parliamentary integrity, transparency and accountability: seminar for members of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada

CoE: A seminar on parliamentary integrity, transparency and accountability took place on 27-28 February 2020 for members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, organised by PACE and hosted by the Parliament of Finland. The event aimed to support the Ukrainian parliament in its anti-corruption efforts, including as regards financing of political parties which it has […]

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Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe plans a monitoring visit to Ukraine

CoE: A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a monitoring visit to Ukraine, in Kyiv, Fastiv and Tomashivska, from 4 to 6 March 2020, to assess the implementation of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government which the country ratified in 1997. […]

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David Zalkaliani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia and President of the Committee of Ministers emphasized about support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine

CoE: The Council of Europe remained concerned about reports of a worsening human rights situation in the Crimea, particularly regarding minorities. “This year marks the 6th anniversary of the illegal annexation of the autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, and the beginning of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. […]

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Dr. Andreas Nick, Head of the German Delegation and CDU Member of the Bundestag: How to bring Ukraine and Russia together

Bundestag: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe PACE has once again called on Russia to stop the military aggression against Ukraine and has recognized the Russian Federation as a party to the Minsk agreements. This is clear from the resolution on the progress of the countries under the observation of the Parliamentary Assembly, […]

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Ukrainian World Congress denounces ratification of Russian delegation credentials in PACE

UWC: The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) denounces the decision of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to ratify the credentials of the Russian delegation despite the Russian Federation not having complied with its commitments and obligations towards the Council of Europe. The UWC reminds the representatives to the esteemed body that earlier […]

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PACE decides to open monitoring of Poland over rule of law

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has voted to open a monitoring procedure for Poland over the functioning of its democratic institutions and the rule of law, declaring in a resolution that recent reforms “severely damage the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law”. Poland joins ten other Council of […]

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PACE winter session started in Strasbourg

coe: At its winter session in Strasbourg (27-31 January 2020), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will elect its new President. Only one candidature has been received: Hendrik Daems (Belgium, ALDE). The Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the Georgian Foreign Minister and President of the Committee […]

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Verkhovna Rada returns Ukrainian delegation to PACE

The Verkhovna Rada approved the resolution on the participation of the Ukrainian delegation in the January session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. It was announced by the head of delegation Elizaveta Yasko on her Facebook page. “We are going to Strasbourg to fight for Ukraine. Thank you to everyone who supported […]

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The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture recommends Ukraine to improve the situation in psychoneurological residential institutions

CoE: The CoE Committee against Torture of the Council of Europe recommended that Ukraine accelerate the process of deinstitutionalization in social care, solve the lack of personnel and overcrowding. This was stated in the report of the CoE Committee on the results of inspections of three psychoneurological centers in two regions of Ukraine in 2019. […]

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Third Ukrainian Women’s Congress

coe: The Ukrainian Women’s Congress was held in Kyiv, bringing together about 90 speakers and about 700 participants. The annual event brings together activists, top politicians, think tanks and experts to discuss the current situation, challenges, and successes in promoting gender equality in Ukraine and beyond. During the two days of intense discussions, 9 debates […]

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State Language Law of Ukraine fails to strike balance between strengthening Ukrainian and safeguarding minorities’ linguistic rights, says Venice Commission

CoE: To avoid the language issue becoming a source of inter-ethnic tensions within Ukraine, it is of crucial importance to achieve an appropriate balance in its language policy. The authorities have so far failed to do so, also in the recent State Language Law. This is the key conclusion of the new opinion adopted today […]

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Venice Commission says recent legal amendments on judiciary in Ukraine threaten stability and independence of the system

CoE: The Council of Europe’s constitutional legal expert’s body, the Venice Commission, has adopted an opinion on the amendments to the legal framework of Ukraine with respect to the Supreme Court and judicial governance bodies, which introduce a number of radical changes to the judiciary system, some of which are deeply worrying. The Law No. […]

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International Day of People with Disabilities: children with disabilities reveal their experiences in the digital environment

CoE: Since 1992, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for this 2019 IDPD is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’. The theme focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities […]

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The European Union and the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine joint statement on gender-based violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) or violence against women and girls (VAWG) a hidden global crisis which knows no boundaries of geography or culture and affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – the European Union and the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine are joining […]

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New guidelines for recruitment and training of prison and probation staff

CoE: The Council of Europe issued a new set of Guidelines aimed at assisting its 47 Member States in improving the recruitment, education, training and professional development of prison and probation staff. The guidelines have been developed as a way to share best practices taking into account the diversity of criteria used so far in […]

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Oleksandr SIENKEVYCH: “Ensuring the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs)”

CoE: In Europe, more than 4 million people have been displaced inside their own countries in recent decades due to armed conflicts and violence.  The specific situation of internally displaced persons was debated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe at its session in Strasbourg on 29 October 2019. The report […]

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Ukraine is ready for negotiations, but not ready for territorial integrity compromises – Dmytro Razumkov

Rada.gov.ua: he Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine met with the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Maria Pejčinovič-Burič. The Speaker thanked Ms. Pejčinović-Buric for her position on human rights, especially in the temporarily occupied territories. Almost all countries in the world understand that both Donbas and Crimea, are Ukrainian national territories. I understand […]

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European summit of Presidents of Parliament in Strasbourg

CoE: The Presidents of Parliament from the 47 Council of Europe member states and many partners, observers and neighboring countries, along with the Presidents of other international assemblies, meet in Strasbourg on 24 and 25 October 2019 for a European parliamentary summit. Some 60 Presidents, together with 300 other delegates, attend the conference, organized by […]

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PACE requests Venice Commission to evaluate draft law on the recent amendments to the legal framework in Ukraine

Council of Europe: The PACE Monitoring Committee requested the Venice Commission to evaluate the draft law on the activities of the judiciary. “The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on the recent amendments to the legal framework in Ukraine governing the Supreme Court […]

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The Istanbul Convention: a tool to advance in fighting violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine

CoE: The Council of Europe urges the Verkhovna Rada to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. Ukraine signed the Istanbul Convention in 2011, but has not yet ratified it. The Council of Europe in its Action Plan for Ukraine for […]

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Free Press Unlimited and European Centre for Press and Media Freedom join Council of Europe Platform

CoE: Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists now includes 14 partners. Free Press Unlimited and European Centre for Press and Media Freedom became partners of the Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, through which organisations promoting media freedom inform the Council of Europe about serious […]

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The European Court of Human Rights is holding a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Ukraine v. Russia

ECHR: The European Court of Human Rights is holding a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Ukraine v. Russia. The case concerns Ukraine’s allegations of violations of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Russian Federation in Crimea. The original application, Ukraine v. Russia, was lodged on 13 March 2014. The Ukrainian Government […]

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Summer School “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: From Challenges to Actions”

Council of Europe: From 13 to 16 August, the Council of Europe’s “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Developing Long-Term Solutions” project, in cooperation with the Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, held a summer school for organizations and institutions dealing with internally displaced persons, “Internal Displacement in Ukraine from Challenges to […]

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37th Session: guaranteeing autonomy and territorial governance in Europe

CoE: The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will meet in Strasbourg, France, from 29 to 31 October 2019, for its 37th Session. Debates will be held on the cybersecurity of smart cities, the working conditions of local elected representatives, the fair distribution of taxes in transfrontier areas, the use […]

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PACE representatives were invited to the first meeting of the Ukrainian Parliament

Glavkom: Nine inter-parliamentary organisations are invited to the first meeting of the new Verkhovna Rada, in particular the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). This is stated in the decision of the parliamentary group on the preparation for the first session of the ninth parliamentary session. The deputy group decided to invite 9 […]

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Corruption : Germany’s deficient progress leads to “non-compliance procedure”

CoE: In its latest report on corruption prevention with respect to members of parliament, judges and prosecutors in Germany, the Council of Europe’s Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) concludes an “overall very low level of compliance” with recommendations dating from 2015. This “globally unsatisfactory” assessment has prompted GRECO to apply a “non-compliance procedure” for Germany, which means […]

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A summer school dedicated to human rights was held in Kyiv in partnership with the Council of Europe

Council of Europe: Fifth Annual Inter-University School of Human Rights in the Field of International and European Law for law students and young specialists in the field of human rights took place in Kyiv. The topic of this year’s School is the European Convention on Human Rights rights guaranteed by articles 8 and 10, “The […]

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Russian Federation: failure to respect human rights while policing peaceful protests

CoE: The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a letter addressed to the Minister of Interior of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, regarding the action taken by law enforcement agencies to disperse the largely peaceful protests in Moscow on 27 July 2019, and recommended that the Russian authorities ensure that human rights are respected […]

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Europe’s young people call for equal access to social rights

CoE: Over 300 young people and youth workers from all Council of Europe member states and beyond gathered in Strasbourg for the ENTER! Youth Week. In a joint message they called upon member states to guarantee the protection of their rights. “All young people must have equal access to their rights recognized in the European […]

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President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) regrets Ukrainian Parliament’s decision to withdraw election observation invitation

CoE: Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has expressed regret at the Ukrainian Parliament’s decision to withdraw its invitation to the Assembly to observe the 21 July early parliamentary elections. Responding to a letter from the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, the President said the Assembly had […]

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Marija Pejčinović Burić elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

CoE: The Assembly elected Marija Pejčinović Burić (Croatia) Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a five-year term beginning on 18 September 2019. In the first round of the election Marija Pejčinović Burić obtained 159 votes, an absolute majority, and Didier Reynders (Belgium) 105 votes. There were 264 votes cast. Ms Pejčinović Burić is […]

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Combating violence in all its forms against migrant children

CoE: The Assembly expressed its concern about the “serious threats” faced by migrant children on their way to Europe and important gaps in the policies and procedures, which limit the legal opportunities for migration in Europe. “Once in Europe, migrant children can also be subject to abuse in detention centres or transit zones, sexual assault […]

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Amélie de Montchalin: ‘We must preserve the pan-European dimension of the Council of Europe’

CoE: “As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, we can measure the progress made since 1949 and the fact that this organisation is more essential than ever to promote our common values and foster economic and social progress on our continent,” said Amélie de Montchalin, French Secretary of State in charge of European […]

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Summer Session: report on PACE decision-making process concerning credentials and voting

CoE: A debate on the decision-making process of the Assembly concerning credentials and voting will be a highlight of the Summer session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), which takes place in Strasbourg from 24 to 28 June. During the session, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, PACE will […]

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Workshop on the protection of victims of terrorist acts

CoE: A workshop on the protection of victims of terrorist acts will be organised in Strasbourg by the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Human Rights. Its aim is to raise awareness of the Council of Europe Guidelines (2017) on the protection of victims of terrorism and to share good practices regarding their implementation at national […]

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XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum: building inclusive, open and transparent societies

CoE: The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is organising, jointly with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) and international partners from the United States and Canada, the XV Ukrainian Municipal Forum from 18 to 20 June, in Odesa, Ukraine. It will bring together more than 400 mayors from all […]

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GRECO: looking ahead after 20 years fighting corruption

CoE: The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) is organising an international conference in Strasbourg on 17 June to mark its 20th anniversary. Held under the auspices of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, the event will discuss GRECO’s achievements in assisting states to improve their capacity to prevent and combat corruption, assess current challenges […]

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Hate speech and xenophobic populism remained major concerns in Europe in 2018

CoE: Xenophobic populism and racist hate speech continued to make their mark on the contemporary political climate in Europe in 2018, says the annual report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published yesterday. The growing public anxiety about economic, geopolitical and technological changes was exploited by those scapegoating migrants and minorities, in particular populist politicians […]

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Call for grants “Supporting the integration of internally displaced persons: human rights protection, empowerment, and capacity building”

CoE: This call for proposals is launched within the framework of the Council of Europe Project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions”. The purpose of this call is to fund projects to enhance the successful integration of internally displaced persons, addressing crucial issues they face and promoting mid- and long-term solutions for IDPs and affected […]

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

COE: 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 4 to 6 June. Information on the cases to be examined during the meeting is available here. Decisions taken by the Committee of Ministers will be […]

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Human trafficking: Experts underline the need to help victims

CoE: The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has stressed the need for states across Europe to provide a wide range of assistance to victims of human trafficking. In its latest annual report, published today, GRETA sets out a series of legal requirements included in the Council of […]

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Report on strengthening PACE’s decision-making process concerning credentials and voting on June session draft agenda

COE: Drawing up the draft agenda of the PACE June session (Strasbourg, 24-28 June), the Bureau, meeting in Paris today, decided to include a report by Petra De Sutter (Belgium, SOC) on “Strengthening the decision-making process of the Parliamentary Assembly concerning credentials and voting”. The Bureau invited the Rules Committee, which is due to adopt […]

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Request for opinion: Venice Commission to analyze Ukraine’s language law

CoE: The Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on the Law on “Ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a State language”. The draft opinion will be discussed by the Commission after the parliamentary elections of July 2019. Similar […]

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Peer review – a guarantee of access to justice and quality assurance mechanism for legal aid

CoE: The mechanism of the quality assurance in England and Wales is similar to the one in Scotland (with which the representatives of the FLA and NBA got acquainted during the study visit last year), and is based on the model of the “peer review”. “Peer review” is an evaluation system, in which the panel […]

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Council of Europe Foreign Affairs Ministers recall rights and duties of member states, define priority areas for future action

CoE: As the Council of Europe is celebrating its 70th anniversary, over 30 Foreign Affairs Ministers from the 47 member states reaffirmed the importance of the Organisation as a unique platform for dialogue and co-operation. Meeting in Helsinki for their annual session, the Ministers declared that: all member states should be entitled to participate on […]

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CoE and EU support measures to counter money laundering and financing of terrorism in Ukraine

CoE: The European Union and Council of Europe are extending the Partnership for Good Governance programme to help strengthen human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.Its budget is 17.5mn EUR, it will run from 2019 to 2021. The 1st phase of the programme has been […]

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Police should improve interviewing practices to prevent ill-treatment, says Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee

COE: The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) today stressed the need for police forces to improve the way suspects are interviewed when carrying out criminal investigations. In its annual report, the CPT indicates that in some countries police interviewing is still aimed at obtaining confessions, […]

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International observers made а st​atement on Ukraine’s presidential election

COE: The presidential election in Ukraine was competitive and held with respect for fundamental freedoms, the international observers concluded in their statement. The media landscape and campaign coverage reflected the dominance of economic interests in public and political life, the observers said. The runoff was well-organized, despite operational challenges and a limited timeframe, says the […]