In light of human rights violations in Crimea and a new law allowing Russia to ignore rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, there is no justification for the country to remain in the Council of Europe, writes Susan Stewart.
The Council of Europe, the continent’s oldest organisation specialised in human rights, has visited prisons in Belgium where a large number of staff were absent due to strike and therefore did not provide services to inmates.
Ukraine's tense Odessa marked yesterday (2 May) two years since clashes killed 48 anti-Maidan protesters during a confrontation with pro-Ukrainian unity protesters at the Trade Unions House in central Odessa. The EU urged Kyiv to investigate the tragedy.
More than a year after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) blocked the EU’s efforts to sign up to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the European Parliament hosted a meeting with representatives of the institutions yesterday (20 April) to discuss the way forward.
The EU yesterday (14 April) called “extremely worrying” the decision by the Russian authorities to suspend the activities of Mejlis, a self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, and called for the decision to be reversed immediately.
MEPs passed today (13 April) a non-binding resolution, calling on the Polish authorities to restore the ability of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal to uphold its Constitution and guarantee respect for the rule of law.
Women's rights are being violated in Italy by the serious difficulties they face in trying to obtain safe abortions due to many doctors refusing to carry out the procedure, the Council of Europe said on Monday (11 April).
Polish President Andrzej Duda yesterday (7 January) signed into law a controversial bill handing the conservative government control of state media, despite EU concern and condemnation from rights watchdogs.
Polish President Andrzej Duda will visit Brussels on 18 January following a planned European Commission debate on the rule of law in Poland, whose government has sparked concern by pushing through controversial changes to the judiciary and media.
British Prime Minister David Cameron resisted calls on Thursday to take in refugees in much greater numbers after the image of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach raised the emotional temperature of the debate.
In his capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Didier Reynders visited both Armenia and Azerbaijan this week, with a focus on their ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Kosovo's premier has summoned parliament to vote on creating an EU-backed special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan state's 1990s war, but criticised the plan as an insult.
The latest report by the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner warns against the consequences of austerity policies on the most vulnerable parts of society. In an interview with EurActiv, Nils Muižnieks also discussed the crackdown on Roma populations and the rise of extreme parties at the next European elections.