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Committee of Ministers Chair: Statement on developments in Montenegro

[1 AUG 2002] In a statement on recent legislative developments in Montenegro, Foreign Minister of Luxembourg Lydie Polfer stressed that the modification of legislative provisions during an electoral process goes against international practice and recalled past good practice of adopting all changes to electoral and media law with the support of different political parties. She also underlined the primordial importance of finalising the Constitutional Charter for Serbia and Montenegro. (more...)
Council of Europe dismayed by bomb attack at the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus
[31 JUL 2002] The Council of Europe Secretary General, speaking on behalf of the 44-nation Organisation, has expressed his dismay at the bomb attack in a crowded cafeteria at the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus in East Jerusalem. The blast has so far claimed seven lives and caused dozens of injuries. ''With each passing day the evidence is mounting that in the Middle East, violence is gaining the upper hand. Politicians from both sides – Israeli and Palestinian – should immediately issue a clear message of peace and restore the hope of a generation which should represent the future'' declared Walter Schwimmer.(photo AFP) (more...)

Venice Commission exchanges views on Constitutional Charter of Serbia and Montenegro
[30 JUL 2002] At a meeting in Belgrade on 30 July, representatives of the European Commission for Democracy through Law held an exchange of views with members of the Constitutional Commission charged with drafting the Charter for the future union of Serbia and Montenegro. The initial draft, prepared by the Venice Commission following the EU’s request, has already been accepted as one of the basic texts for the Constitutional Commission’s work. (more...)
See our file ''Democracy through law''

Tragedy in Lviv: message from Walter Schwimmer to the Ukrainian nation
[28 JUL 2002] The Council of Europe Secretary General has sent a message of sympathy to Ukraine. The nation is in mourning after an air show catastrophe which caused the death of more than 80 people and injured many others, among which a large number of children. “I am deeply saddened by what happened on the airbase of Lviv where a popular family gathering turned into a terrible tragedy. I would like to express my profound sympathy, and that of all Europeans, to the families of the victims and to the Ukrainian authorities”, he said.

Anti-Corruption Group publishes report on Norway
[25 JUL 2002] The Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has just made public its report on Norway, prepared as part of the first evaluation round. It contains a critical analysis of the situation of corruption in the country and includes a list of recommendations to the Norwegian authorities. (more...)

Council of Europe to observe municipal elections in Kosovo
[26 JUL 2002] Following the Ministers’ Deputies’ decision of 10 April 2002, the third Council of Europe Election Observation Mission to Kosovo (CEEOM III) has just been set up. Based in Pristina and headed by Ambassador Carlo Civiletti (Italy), the Mission will assess the registration of voters, observe the electoral campaign and closely monitor the Municipal Assembly elections on 26 October, as well as the counting process. Member States have been invited to second long- and short-term observers who will be deployed throughout Kosovo, as well as in Montenegro and Serbia. Contact: Wouter Van Quickelborne
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Deputy Secretary General visits Azerbaijan
[26 JUL 2002] Hans Christian Krüger is paying an official visit to Azerbaijan from 31 July to 1 August, to discuss the country's future cooperation with the Council of Europe and the progress it has made in respecting the commitments entered into when it joined the Organisation in January 2001. He will meet Justice Minister Fikret Mamedov, Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammedguliyev, Supreme Court Chairman Sudaba Hasanova and Constitutional Court Chairman Khanlar Hadjiev, as well as representatives of Azerbaijan’s main religious communities. Meetings will also be held with senior representatives of the Office of the President, including Head of the Office Ramiz Mehdiyev.

Council of Europe sponsors sports camp for youth from South Caucasus
[31 JUL 2002] The Council’s Committee for the Development of Sports (CDDS) and the National Olympic Committee of Georgia organised an eight-day sports camp for young people from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, at the summer resort of Batumi on the Black Sea. This initiative, taken under the CDDS Action Plan for Sport in the Caucasus, brought together groups of 14 young people from each country, between 13 and 17 years of age, coming from families which had been internally displaced and now temporarily living in Baku, Yerevan, Batumi or Tbilisi.(more...)
See our file ''Sport''

South Serbia municipal elections: ''Generally in line with international standards''
[29 JUL 2002] The municipal elections held on 28 July 2002 in South Serbia were, in the main, carried out according to international standards according to Observers from the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE). ''The voting and counting yesterday generally met the legal requirements and were conducted in a calm manner'' said Tomas Jirsa, the head of the Congress delegation. (more...)

A new Court judgment in a case concerning France
[26 JUL 2002] The Court of Human Rights has just notified in writing a judgment in the case of Meftah and Others v. France. The Court held that there had been a violation of the right to a fair trial on account of the fact that the tenor of the advocate-general’s submissions had not been communicated to the applicants and they had been unable to reply to those submissions in writing. (more...)

Judgment in the Papon case: violation of the right to a fair trial
[25 JUL 2002] In the case of Papon v. France, the European Court of Human Rights has just held that the fact that the applicant forfeited his right to appeal on points of law to the Court of cassation, following his failure to surrender to custody, amounted to a violation of his right of access to a Court. The Court concluded also that there had been no violation of the right of appeal in criminal matters. In November 2001 the Court had declared inadmissible nine other complaints made by the applicant and in June 2001 it had also dismissed a second application by Mr Papon concerning his conditions of detention. (photo AFP) (more...)

First Court judgment concerning Ukraine
[25 JUL 2002] The Court of Human Rights has just notified its first judgment in a case concerning Ukraine, the case of Sovtransavto Holding v. Ukraine. The Court held that there had been a violation of Article 6 of the Convention as regards the applicant company’s right to a fair hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal and a violation of the right to the protection of the applicant’s property. (more...)

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