The Council of Europe’s antidiscrimination commission, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published today new report on Malta welcoming progress made in a number of fields as well as expressing concern with the persisting problems.
The Council of Europe’s antidiscrimination commission, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published today new report on Liechtenstein welcoming progress made in a number of fields as well as expressing concern with the persisting problems.
The Council of Europe’s antidiscrimination commission, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published today new report on Croatia welcoming progress made in a number of fields as well as expressing concern with the persisting problems.
Human rights, democracy and the rule of law depend on the institutions that give them form. But for populists, who invoke the proclaimed “will of the people”, these institutional checks and balances on power are often seen as an obstacle that should be subverted. The 5th annual report of the Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, published today, assesses the key building blocks of democratic security across Council of Europe member states: independent judiciaries, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, the functioning of democratic institutions and inclusive societies. This year the report draws attention to the role of institutions in Europe and to the attempts to undermine them both at the European level and at the level of member states.
In its new report published today, the Council of Europe’s antitrafficking expert group (GRETA) note improvements in legislation and practices to combat human trafficking in Slovenia since the publication of the first report in January 2014, and said that more should be done to help victims.
A report published today by the Council of Europe examines the way in which dis-information campaigns have become widespread and, heavily relying on social media, contribute to a global media environment of information disorder. The report was commissioned by the Council of Europe in response to the growing concerns in member states about the long-term implications of dis-information campaigns that are designed specifically to sow mistrust and confusion, and to sharpen existing sociocultural divisions by exploiting nationalistic, ethnic, racial and religious tensions.
“Thousands of migrants and refugees who travelled along the Western Balkans’ migration route in 2015 and 2016 are now stranded in Serbia in a precarious legal situation” says the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees Ambassador Tomáš Boček in a report published today. While Serbia has adopted a genuinely humanitarian approach, receiving thousands of refugees and migrants, a strategy which goes further than the provision of humanitarian assistance is now needed to address issues related to their legal status and to find sustainable solutions in order to guarantee their social and economic rights in the case of an eventual prolongation of their stay in the country.
A new report “Age assessment: Council of Europe member states’ policies, procedures and practices respectful of children’s rights in the context of migration” has been issued today. This report, prepared by an independent expert, is based on a survey conducted in 37 Council of Europe member states1 in spring 2017, as well as on secondary sources analysis. The aim of the report is to provide a factual overview of the current situation in the member states and support the Council of Europe’s work in developing guidelines on age assessment which respect children’s rights in the context of migration.
The report looks at Ireland’s compliance with the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking convention, a legally-binding international treaty which entered into force in Ireland in 2010. According to official data, 311 people were presumed victims of human trafficking in Ireland from 2012 to 2016. Of those, 197 were female and 94 were children. However, the GRETA report says that official figures do not reflect the true scale of human trafficking in Ireland due to shortcomings in identifying victims. The report says that more people – predominantly men – are now being trafficked for the purposes of labour exploitation. GRETA asks the Irish authorities to review the regulations applicable to migrant workers in certain sectors, such as fisheries, home care and domestic work, in order to help prevent this type of trafficking. The number of convictions for human trafficking in Ireland remains very low. GRETA stresses that a failure to convict people for trafficking leads to a feeling of impunity and undermines efforts to help victims to testify. The report calls on the Irish authorities to ensure that human trafficking offences are investigated and prosecuted effectively, leading to proportionate and dissuasive sanctions. GRETA also expresses concern that no victims of trafficking have received compensation in Ireland. The report urges the authorities to encourage prosecutors to request compensation orders and to make the state compensation scheme effectively accessible to victims of trafficking. The GRETA report includes an official response from the Irish authorities.
The Council of Europe’s anti-discrimination commission, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published today new reports on Ukraine, Montenegro, as well as conclusions on Slovenia. In Ukraine, the ECRI commended new legal provisions to combat discrimination, progress in investigating hate crimes, steps towards integrating Roma and solidarity towards internally displaced persons (IDPs). However, racist violence against LGBT and Roma and hate speech dominating public discourse remain a problem and the conditions of IDPs must be improved. Over the past three years, the report says, political discourse has been dominated by anti-Russia rhetoric; the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has had a negative effect on vulnerable groups, in general. The report (2011-23.03.2017) does not take into account the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In Montenegro, the ECRI praised the authorities’ efforts to strengthen protection against hate crimes, empower the Ombudsman and improve the situation of Roma. However, LGBT persons are still targets of violence, Roma remain at risk of social exclusion and segregation, and no reliable data on hate crimes exists. As for Slovenia, the authorities satisfactorily implemented two ECRI’s priority recommendations on setting up a body to combat discrimination, as well as on a compensation scheme for the “erased” persons and the regulation of their legal status. Nevertheless, Slovenia didn’t implement the recommendation on ensuring access to water for all Roma.