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Highlights of Winter session of the Parliamenary Assembly of the Council of Europe (23-27 January 2006)
[14/12/05 16:30:00] Crimes of totalitarian communist regimes, resurrection of nazi ideology, surrogacy and human rights in Chechnya, as well as visits by UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Romanian President Traian Basescu are among highlights of PACE’s next session.
Draft order of business (PDF)
Lord Woolf’s report on European Court of Human Rights available on-line
[21/12/05 14:30:00] The European Court of Human Rights made available on 21 December on its website a report by Lord Woolf, which seeks to identify administrative measures which could help the Court deal with its ever-growing workload. Former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Woolf is also a member of the Group of Wise Persons, which has been tasked with drawing up a comprehensive strategy to secure the long term effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights and its control mechanism.
(more ...) Report (pdf)
Venice Commission calls on main political forces in Montenegro to agree on the majority required for upcoming independence referendum
[20/12/05 11:30:00] The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission has concluded that laws defining the upcoming referendum on the independence of Montenegro do not violate existing international standards. However, the Commission suggested that a dialogue should take place among the main political forces in Montenegro, in view of the referendum’s importance and the need for it to enjoy legitimacy. To that end, the Commission recommends sticking to the existing law and not giving Montenegrin citizens living in Serbia the right to vote.
NEWS FROM THE CONGRESS
Palestinian local elections: Congress observers marked improvement but major challenges remain(more ...)
An Action Plan adopted at the end of the Meeting of the South Caucasus Platform(more ...)
Congress seriously concerned about deadlock between Tirana and Albanian central government(more ...)
Deadlock in Tirana and 2006 Budget discussed by the Congress Bureau(more ...)
Alleged existence of secret detention centres in Council of Europe member states: statement by rapporteur Dick Marty
[13/12/05 15:00:00] At the meeting of PACE’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (Paris, 13 December), Dick Marty reported that, from a general point of view, the information gathered to date reinforced the credibility of the allegations concerning the transfer and temporary detention of individuals, without any judicial involvement, in European countries.
Secretary General sets the parameters of the Council of Europe inquiry into alleged CIA activities in Europe
[16/12/05 09:30:00] ''The subject of my inquiry as Secretary General of the Council of Europe is whether our member states comply with the European Convention on Human Rights and not whether alleged CIA activities are lawful under US law'' said Terry Davis. ''We may have a political and moral opinion about what the Americans are doing, but we only have a legal authority to investigate what is being done by European countries.''
New search engine for the Council of Europe site
[22/12/05 14:30:00] Our new search engine, which can be accessed via the ''Search the news'' icon in the upper right segment of the portal, allows you to search for any published information – speeches, reports, conferences - by key word and/or date. It is available in the site's five languages: English, French, Italian, German and Russian.
Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee visits Spain
[21/12/05 17:00:00] A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has just completed a one-week visit to Spain.
Committee of Ministers’ new working methods – ''towards a more transparent and efficient Council of Europe''(more ...)
CPT publishes preliminary observations concerning visit to Norway in October 2005(more ...)