School psychologists and pedagogues in North Macedonia increase their knowledge on conducting interviews with potential child trafficking victims

24 November 2021 North Macedonia

In North Macedonia, the statistics show that between 2017 and 2020, 75% of all identified victims were children, mostly trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation, but also for forced marriages and for the purpose of labour exploitation. To support the identification and referral of such...

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Workshop on confidential counselling on ethical matters for judges and prosecutors in Serbia

24 November 2021 Belgrade

Members of the Ethics Committees of the Serbian High Judicial and State Prosecutorial Council acquired knowledge and skills on confidential counselling on ethical matters in a workshop held in today Belgrade. The workshop featured a presentation of the comparative analysis of the systems of...

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Call on ending violence against women and make justice more accessible for women

25 November 2021 Ankara

Violence against women is one of the world’s most prevalent human rights violations, taking place every day, in every corner of the globe. It is a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination. Various studies present that physical and/ or sexual violence against women, perpetrated by...

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Serbia: revised constitutional amendments on the judiciary meet most of the key recommendations, their full and prompt implementation is now crucial, says Venice Commission

24 November 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s body of constitutional law experts, the Venice Commission, in its new urgent opinion on the revised draft constitutional amendments in Serbia said that most of its previous key recommendations have been met, but insisted on the need to reduce the risks of politicisation of...

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New Action Plan for Communication Strategy of State Prosecution and Prosecutorial Council drafted in Montenegro

22 - 23 November 2021 Kolasin

Ahead of the new Communication Strategy of State Prosecution Office and Prosecutorial Council which will be developed next year, an Action Plan for 2022 was drafted, focusing on the implementation of the remaining strategic objectives and activities of the Communication Strategy (2020 - 2022). In...

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Start of the online courses on “Freedom of expression” and “Protection and safety of journalists” for judges and prosecutors in Serbia

23 November 2021 Serbia

The implementation of the tutored online courses on “Freedom of expression” and “Protection and safety of journalists” for judges and prosecutors in Serbia has started on 23 November 2021. The courses have been prepared in the framework of the joint European Union and Council of Europe’s action...

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National Action Plan 2021-2027 on LGBTI people in Albania to advance protection and equal rights

24 November 2021 Albania

The new National Action Plan 2021-2027 on LGBTI people in Albania, prepared by the Ministry on Health and Social Protection with the support of the joint EU and Council of Europe Action on “Promotion of Diversity and Equality in Albania” was adopted on 18 November 2021 by the Council of...

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Than Brothers Circle of Intellectuals spoke about discrimination with primary school students from Becej

23 November 2021 Becej

At the beginning of October Than Brothers Circle of Intellectuals organised a final conference in the premises of Becej municipality in order to present results of their six months project "Be my friend". Key aim of the project was to examine presence of discrimination in primary schools in this...

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Interprofessional seminar on hidden recording and publication of secretly made, unauthorised recordings in the context of investigative journalism

22 November 2021 Online

At the inter-professional seminar organised in co-operation with the Association of Journalists "BH journalists”, one of the most controversial topics when it comes to the balance between the right to privacy and the right to the freedom of expression has been opened: making secret recordings in...

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EU and Council of Europe encourage Montenegrin authorities to reinforce the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing

23 November 2021 Podgorica

Effectiveness of the mechanisms for prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing (AML/CFT), and establishing an effective track record of investigation, seizure and confiscation of criminal proceeds are some of the main challenges that Montenegro is facing on its European path. The...

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Improving the capacities of High Inspectorate for Declaration of Assets and Conflicts of Interests on efficient verification of top executive officials’ declarations

23 November 2021 Vlora, ALBANIA

Verification and administrative investigation of declarations of interest of persons entrusted with top executive functions, constitute an important method in the efforts to fight corruption and economic crime. In order to support the capacities of the High Inspectorate for the Declaration and...

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Development of a Communication Protocol for Montenegro’s Judicial Training Centre

22 November 2021 Montenegro

Judicial training principles provide for a common foundation for the professional advancement of judges and prosecutors. In order to ensure that such principles are effectively applied, proper communication between judicial training institutions and target groups is needed. To provide a framework...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing system in Montenegro: obstacles to the effective system and the way forward

22 November 2021 Podgorica

The closing conference “Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing system in Montenegro: obstacles to the effective system and the way forward” will be organised under the joint European Union/Council of Europe Action against economic crime in Montenegro on Tuesday, 23 November 2021,...

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European Union and Council of Europe support better co-operation among journalists, police and judiciary in Montenegro

13 - 14 November 2021 Budva

In parallel to the support to ongoing media legislative and policy reforms, the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Montenegro” (JUFREX) intensified co-operation with media associations. Seminar with the Association of Professional...

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Hate speech and young people - what are the consequences

17 November 2021 Sarajevo

On the day when the world celebrates the International Day for Tolerance, November 16, and when many voices unite in the fight against violence and hatred, the Center for Education and Research "Nahla" organised an event and panel discussion under the common title "Hate speech and youth - what...

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Opening of the Clinic on international and European human rights

18 November 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina / Online

With the financial support of the joint European Union and the Council of Europe programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019 - 2022", and through the action "Promotion of diversity and equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina" the "Clinic of international and European human...

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Consolidating the partnership with beneficiaries to better address hatred in Montenegro

15 October 2021 Podgorica

The representatives of the European Union, the Council of Europe and the institutions of Montenegro gathered on 13 October for the steering committee meeting of the action “Promotion of diversity and equality in Montenegro”, with the aim to discuss achievements of the action over the last 12...

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Judges and prosecutors in Turkey awarded HELP certificates

11 November 2021 Ankara

The Certificate Ceremony for judges and prosecutors who had completed the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) courses on “Asylum and European Convention on Human Rights” and “Combating human trafficking” was held on 8 November in Ankara. The ceremony was organised in...

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HELP Panel on asylum and human trafficking held with the Ministry of Justice of Turkey

11 November 2021 Ankara

The Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Panel, consisting of judges and prosecutors who had completed the courses on “Asylum and European Convention on Human Rights” and “Combating human trafficking”, was held on 8 November in Ankara, in co-operation with the Human Rights...

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HELP course on Admissibility criteria in applications submitted to the European Court of Human Rights launched for Albanian lawyers

16 November 2021 Albania

Another important HELP course on ‘Admissibility Criteria in Applications submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)’ was launched for more than 30 Albanian lawyers . The course, part of the Council of Europe Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals programme was adapted and is...

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