Council of Europe Journal for the week of 22 September 2014:
- Ministers urge withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine
- Europe unites to tackle corruption in sport
- The capture of an Iraqi by British armed forces was not arbitrary
Ministers urge withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine
The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has urged Russia to withdraw all its troops from Ukraine, saying that the crisis there can only be solved through a peaceful settlement. In addition, Ministers asked Secretary General Jagland to assist the Ukrainian authorities with necessary internal reforms of the Constitution, the judiciary, decentralisation and protection of national minorities.
Europe unites to tackle corruption in sport
As Europe becomes more aware of the risk of corruption in sports governance and the need for pan-European co-operation to stop it, the Council of Europe has launched its new Convention on Manipulation of Sports or “match fixing” at a conference of sports ministers in Macolin, Switzerland. Have a look at this. (20 sec.)
NEWS IN BRIEF
- The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings is concerned at the negative impact of the current crisis in Ukraine on attempts to counter human trafficking. GRETA says that the difficult economic situation, the scarcity of job opportunities, and the growing number of internally displaced persons all increase the vulnerability of the population to trafficking.
- At the 2014 Lisbon Forum of the Council of Europe’s North-South Centre, election observers, legal experts and electoral officials from Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt have been looking at financing of political parties, funding electoral campaigns and the role of civil society in observing elections. Discussion centered on free and fair elections as a key condition for successful democracy.
- The European Court of Human Rights has said that the capture and detention of an Iraqi national by British armed forces during hostilities in in 2003 was not arbitrary. Complaints concerning the alleged ill-treatment and death of Tarek Hassan were declared inadmissible for lack of evidence.
- The investigation into the crackdown on demonstrations in Bucharest in June 1990 was defective and inadequate, according to a judgment of The European Court of Human Rights. The Court found that the authorities responsible for the investigation had not taken all the measures which could have led to the identification and punishment of those responsible for the violent events.
- The Istanbul Convention has an essential role in preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence and fills a gap in the protection of women from gender-based violence in Europe and beyond. Its entry into force was celebrated at a Conference in Rome organized by the Council of Europe, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
- The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance has published reports on Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Bulgaria. Despite positive developments in all four countries, concerns remain.
- Switzerland should strengthen anti-discrimination legislation and support the integration of migrants. Bulgaria needs to take swift action to promote tolerance for asylum seekers and refugees. Slovenia should ensure that all Roma have practical access to safe water, and the Commission recommends reform of the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights.
- The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities made a two-day visit to Greece to examine Greek commitments in the area of local and regional democracy and decentralization.