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The News (Site updated Friday, April 8, 2011 | 18:30)

Debate on religious dimension of intercultural dialogue among session highlights

[01/04/2011 14:00:00] A debate on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue, as well as the address by the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be highlights of the spring session of the Assembly, which will take place in Strasbourg from 11 to 15 April.

The agenda also includes debates on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, the lowering of the voting age to 16, and the situation of rural women in Europe. The debate on the death penalty in Council of Europe member and observer states will feature a statement by Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty. (more ...)

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Meeting of Ministers’ Deputies
[07/04/2011 18:00:00] At their meeting on 6 April, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence and agreed to open it for signature by member states at the ministerial session on 11 May in Istanbul. (more ...)
Text of the Convention

Baku: World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue
[05/04/2011 14:30:00] Intercultural dialogue is one of the most pressing challenges of today's plural world. Democratic exchange and knowledge sharing among different cultures are an antidote to violence and rejection. The World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue - United Through Common Values, Enriched by Cultural Diversity - which takes place in Baku (Azerbaijan, 7-9 April 2011), addresses its universal governance and the practical aspects on a global scale. (more ...)
Forum website

Internet Freedom: From principles to global treaty law?
[06/04/2011 14:30:00] Recent events in Northern Africa and the Wikileaks affair have shown how access to the Internet can be easily disrupted, while the freedom of expression and values of democracy are put in question. What kind of responsibility do states have with regard to the Internet? The Council of Europe conference, to take place in Strasbourg on 18-19 April, will try to answer this question. (more ...)

Youth Peace Ambassadors: human dignity and peace building by young people
[04/04/2011 14:30:00] The Youth Peace Ambassadors is a project promoting the role of young people in peace-building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue. The first group of future youth peace ambassadors is gathering in Strasbourg from 3 to 10 April, for a training session on human rights in conflict-affected communities. (more ...)

8 April - International Roma Day
Thomas Hammarberg: Sharing good practices to foster Roma integration
[08/04/2011 09:30:00] On the occasion of International Roma Day, the Commissioner for Human Rights publishes three first descriptions of good practice are made available, relating to the protection of the human rights of Roma in Finland, Slovenia and Spain. ''Sharing good practices on Roma integration among member states is a first step which could break this vicious cycle,'' he said. (more ...)
Give the Roma more say, says Assembly President (more ...)
Film ''Rejected''
Roma and the Council of Europe
Congress President Keith Whitmore: ''On a continent which promotes inclusion, we should be ashamed of the situation of Roma'' (more ...)

Democracy Debate Series: Inaugural lecture
[07/04/2011 11:00:00] On 5 April, the Secretary General opened the inaugural lecture of the Council of Europe Democracy Debates, organised by the Directorate of Policy Planning. These events are aimed at stimulating reflection and discussion on developments and challenges which affect our societies, with a view to helping to forge the role of the Council of Europe as a laboratory for new concepts and ideas on democracy. (more ...)

The Holy See to be evaluated by MONEYVAL (more ...)
Congress conducts monitoring visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina (more ...)
Eurimages Co-production Development Award (more ...)

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