About: Council of Europe

Data protection 12-05-2022

Controversy surrounds new cybercrime protocol as plenary vote still hangs in the balance

While the date for the ratification of the Second Additional Cybercrime Protocol by the European Parliament is yet to be set, civil society and MEPs call for the opinion of the European Court of Justice over data and privacy concerns.
Global Europe 12-05-2022

Serbia reacts strongly to Kosovo Council of Europe application

Following Kosovo’s submission of an application to the Council of Europe (CoE) on Thursday (12 May), Serbian President Aleksander Vučić called an urgent meeting of the National Security Council for Friday, claiming Pristina has violated a number of agreements.
Media 27-04-2022

Press freedom alerts increase 41% in 2021, says Council of Europe

The number of press freedom alerts amongst Council of Europe (CoE) member states soared by 41% during 2021 and should be a wake-up call for Europe, according to their newly released annual report.
Global Europe 26-04-2022

Turkish philanthropist Kavala jailed for life, activists protest

Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala was jailed for life without parole on Monday after he was convicted of trying to overthrow the government by financing protests, in a case that Europe's top court and Western powers say is politically motivated.
Global Europe 10-03-2022

Russia leaves Council of Europe, avoiding being kicked out

Russia announced it would no longer participate in the Council of Europe, days after the pan-European human rights body suspended Moscow's rights of representation following the invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 29-12-2021

Russian court orders rights group Memorial to close

Russia's Supreme Court on Tuesday (28 December) ordered the closure of Memorial, the country's most prominent rights group that chronicled Stalin-era purges and symbolised post-Soviet democratisation.
Politics 08-12-2021

History at heart – Teaching Europe’s past can protect its future

How to teach history across Europe, and how it can contribute to a vibrant democratic culture was the question at the heart of a two day annual conference ‘History Education for a Democratic Europe’ last week, organised by the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe (OHTE).
Global Europe 03-12-2021

Council of Europe to discipline Turkey over jailed activist

The Council of Europe said Friday (3 December) it will launch disciplinary action against Turkey for refusing to free prominent activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala, triggering a procedure used only once before in the organisation's history.
European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg
Global Europe 03-12-2021

Turkey calls on Council of Europe to avoid punishment over Kavala case

Turkey on Thursday (2 December) called on the Council of Europe to avoid punishing Turkey ahead of a decision this week on whether Ankara could face rare disciplinary proceedings over the case of a jailed activist.
Global Europe 26-11-2021

Turkey holds first Kavala hearing after row with Western allies

A Turkish court on Friday (26 November) will hold the latest hearing in the trial of philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala, whose case provoked a diplomatic tussle between Ankara and its Western allies after they called for his immediate release.

Poland makes ‘unprecedented’ challenge to European rights pact

Poland’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday (24 November) ruled that part of the European Convention on Human Rights was incompatible with the Polish constitution, in an unprecedented challenge against a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights. “The Constitutional Court...
Europe's East 18-11-2021

Belarus and EU to hold talks on migrant crisis

Belarus said Wednesday (17 November) that President Alexander Lukashenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a telephone call that Minsk and the EU should discuss the migrant crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border.
Cybersecurity 17-11-2021

Council of Europe adopts additional protocol to tackle cybercrime

Ministers at the Council of Europe, an international human rights body, adopted the second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Wednesday (17 November) to tackle the current surge in cybercrime.
Politics 05-11-2021

Tweets of the Week: G20, COP26, Council of Europe

Leaders toss coin for photo-op, It’s not easy getting into COP and Council of Europe debate, please just stop. 
Europe's East 01-11-2021

Georgian opposition vows ‘biggest ever’ protests, decries vote fraud

Georgia's opposition parties on Sunday (31 October) announced plans for a mass anti-government protest rally next weekend, denouncing as fraudulent local election runoffs won by the ruling party.
Health 29-10-2021

Paths towards decriminalising drug use in Europe

Gradually decriminalizing personal drug use in Europe has had numerous health benefits and helped tackle the taboo of drug addiction, writes Denis Huber.
Global Europe 19-10-2021

Turkey summons 10 ambassadors over calls for philanthropist’s release

Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of 10 countries, including the United States, Germany and France, over a statement calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala, state-owned Anadolu agency said on Tuesday (19 October).
Technology 15-09-2021

Commission yearns for setting the global standard on artificial intelligence

The European Commission believes that its proposed Artificial Intelligence Act should become the global standard if it is to be fully effective. The upcoming AI treaty that is being drafted by the Council of Europe might help the EU achieve just that.

Polish minister says European rights law breaches constitution

Poland's justice minister on Thursday (29 July) asked its Constitutional Tribunal to examine whether an article of the European Convention on Human Rights breaches the constitution, deepening an international row over the country's judicial reforms.
Non-discrimination 21-06-2021

Turkish women rally in defense of Istanbul Convention

Hundreds of women rally in Istanbul on Saturday (19 June), urging President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reverse his decision to withdraw from a Council of Europe anti-violence treaty ahead of a formal exit on1 July.
Global Europe 16-04-2021

Radio Free Europe petitions Strasbourg court to block Russian fines

The US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty news website in Moscow said Friday (16 April) it was urgently appealing to Europe's highest rights court to stop Russia from heavily fining the media outlet for hundreds of alleged infractions.
Elections 22-03-2021

US, Europe press Turkey to rethink ditching of Istanbul Convention

US and European leaders denounced what they called Turkey's baffling and concerning decision to pull out of an international accord designed to protect women from violence, and urged President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reconsider.
Politics 16-03-2021

Controversial lobbyists raise eyebrows in Strasbourg

A non-profit group has been raising eyebrows in the Council of Europe for its questionable lobbying activities, a British lawmaker told EURACTIV.
Elections 16-03-2021

Council of Europe voices concern on Polish media laws

Europe's top human rights body on Tuesday (16 March) voiced concern over two draft media laws in Poland and warned about the possible "suffocation of independent media outlets".