Council of Europe


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Council of Europe

an intergovernmental body set up in 1949 to promote European political, economic, social and cultural integration. It is distinct from the EUROPEAN UNION. There were originally ten signatory states, including the UK. There are currently 46 member states. The Council's principal work has been in the area of human rights. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was drawn up under the auspices of the Council. The economic and social counterpart of the Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter, was promulgated in 1961 and revised in 1996. Although lacking an equivalent enforcement mechanism, the European Social Charter is intended to protect the rights of the individual in such areas as employment, social security and discrimination. The Charter also promotes social cohesion and cooperation amongst member states in relation to migration. Considerable discretion is left to member states in the realization of these rights. Other work of the Council of Europe includes issues such as the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, human rights and biomedicine and fighting corruption
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The Foreign Ministry is expected to inform the head of the Latvian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe about the selected candidate experts.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjrn Jagland, said: This is another example of good co-operation between the European Union and the Council of Europe.
They will hold discussions on the basis of a report by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjarn Jagland on future challenges and reinforcing the Council of Europe.
'The Council of Europe and the European Union deplore the continuing use of the death penalty in Belarus, the only country on the European continent that still applies the death penalty.
Key questions that arise in the analysis of Bulgaria's membership in the Council of Europe are related to the extent to which: The Council of Europe has clear specificity of impact unlike other International organizations, which it administers through an innovative approach of influence in the country; The Council of Europe has a visible impact on the democratization processes in Bulgaria; The Council of Europe as a democratic assistance to Bulgaria, applies atypical mechanisms and creates new forms of influence; When supporting the Bulgarian nongovernmental sector, the Council of Europe recreates the key priorities and areas of its activity by stimulating the creation of new organizational units that are not typical for the NGO sector.
The measures take the form of an additional protocol to the Council of Europe's convention on the prevention of terrorism.
The parties also exchanged views over the work done in the fields of human rights and democratization in Azerbaijan, as well as the events to be arranged under Azerbaijan's presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
At the session, Austria handed over the 6-month rotating presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to Azerbaijan.
In August last year the federal cabinet approved a proposal for the government to seek accession to the Council of Europe's treaty on transfer of convicts.
BDI refused to comment on the criticisms from the international representatives but off the record they tried to minimize the importance of the Council of Europe as an international organization referring to it as an NGO.
Armenia gives high priority to the Council of Europe activities and keeps on contributing to enhancement of the structure's role in
MK Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid), head of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs responded on Monday to the recent Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly resolution that ritual circumcision is "a violation of the physical integrity of children" and should be banned.

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