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# council of europe

Last month
May 2023
# whales
Taoiseach wants to 'see an end' to whaling and will raise the issue with Icelandic PM
Iceland, Norway, and Japan are the only countries that still hunt whales commercially.
# Ukraine
Taoiseach signs 'Register of Damages' for those who have suffered from ongoing war in Ukraine
It’s described as the ‘first step towards an international compensation mechanism for victims of Russian aggression’.
# reykjavik
Zelenskyy thanks Council of Europe for 'damages register' and calls for additional fighter jets
He also called on leaders to support Ukraine’s ‘peace formula’.
# reykjavik
Varadkar lends support to Ukraine 'damages register' and pledges new funding to Council of Europe
Russia was excluded as a member last year and the ongoing war in Ukraine will dominate the Summit.
This year
# Mental Health
Up to 70% of people in Irish prisons have mental health issues, says Prison Officers Association
An anti-torture committee has said it is concerned with the rising number of homeless persons with severe mental health problems in Irish prisons.
Defendants in criminal trials could be awarded compensation if trials are unduly delayed
A report by
Christina Finn
In some courts, people are awaiting trials for 27 months.
# council of europe
Irish government needs to tighten up employment of special advisors, European body says
The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body has released a new report calling for reforms in how top-level roles are filled.
Last year
# Human Trafficking
Council of Europe body expresses concern at low number of human trafficking prosecutions
Concern was also expressed about the availability of ‘qualified interpreters’ and a lack of specialised accomodation.
# Northern Ireland
Controversial Troubles Bill may not be human rights compliant, warns European commissioner
The Bill has been opposed by political parties and victims groups in Northern Ireland and the Irish government.
# Strasbourg
Russia exits Council of Europe over Ukraine invasion
The flag of Russia was lowered and removed from its staff outside the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg.
All time
# European Social Charter
Refusal to allow Gardaí and Defence Forces to negotiate pay or strike is breach of European Social Charter
“This report should be a wake-up call, in particular to Fianna Fáil and the Green Party,” Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly said.
# council of europe
Greece urged to reform immigration detention system and stop migrant pushbacks
A damning report found that migrants were held in conditions that could amount to inhuman treatment.
# Judiciary
Judicial appointments in the spotlight as Council of Europe says Ireland fails on political influence
A new report comes as the government faces ongoing questions over the Seamus Woulfe affair.
# Pat Finucane
Council of Europe committee presses UK government over Pat Finucane probe
Finucane was shot by loyalist paramilitaries in front of his family in Belfast in 1989.
# inclusion
Irish society improving in terms of tolerance and equality, but Traveller and Roma exclusion still an issue
A new report notes that tolerance is increasing in Ireland, but states that issues still persist around integration.
# rule of law
After criticism of Poland in Irish court, Europe goes on attack over country's 'serious violations'
The Council of Europe has said that new laws passed in Poland seriously violated anti-corruption standards.
# Acht na Gaeilge
The Council of Europe has told the UK to pass laws to protect the Irish language
The issue has been at the centre of the dispute at Stormont.
# Targets
Ireland is below the European average when it comes to having women in politics
A new report was published today looking into the political performance of women in the 47-nation Council of Europe.
# european court judgement
Prisoner who was banned from websites had human rights breached
The prisoner’s complaint related to not being able access sites which would help him fight his case.
# smacking ban
The last legal defence for slapping children is set to be removed
A new poll finds most people do not favour an all-out ban on parents smacking their children.
# Your Say
Poll: Does Ireland need to ban the smacking of children?
Europe thinks we do.
# organ harvest
Gangster in Spain arrested for trying to buy immigrant's kidney
The arrests were made in Spain following an international policing operation.
# Stigma
Practice of 'normalising' intersex children at birth denounced by Europe
At least 21 EU States allow medical intervention on children to allocate sex at an early age.
# greco
Irish people seem to trust the judges and the legal system...
… although politicians, not so much.
# council of europe
Decision to allow gardaí strike would raise "serious" issues for Ireland
The Council of Europe found that Ireland was not in compliance with a number of articles within the European Social Charter.
# minority languages
NI Assembly criticised for 'hostile climate' towards the Irish language
The report from the Council of Europe also looked at the minority languages in use in the UK like Welsh and Scottish Gaelic.
# Abortion
Council of Europe gives 'thumbs up' to proposed abortion laws
The Committee of Ministers, which is responsible for upholding ECtHR rulings, expresses “satisfaction” with Ireland’s plans.
# Travellers
Council of Europe report finds continuing difficulties for Irish Travellers
The Council of Europe report expresses concern about discrimination against Travellers in accessing the labour market.
# Badgers
Ireland in breach of European convention over badger culling reports
The government has failed to submit any reports over the last ten years and the Council of Europe has now requested them as a “matter of urgency”.
# transgender
Birth certs remain an issue for transgender Irish
While Ireland will recogise amended birth certificates from other countries, “gender reassignment is not yet recognised” in the country.
# Abortion
Ireland tells Europe that 'X case' law will be enacted by July
The a Council of Europe’s committee is told that the legislation to respond to the A, B and C case will be out next month.
# Magdalenes
Europe's human rights chief says Magdalenes deserve State apology
The call by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights puts further pressure on Enda Kenny.
# Cybercrime
Calls for Ireland to ratify international convention against cybercrime
The Immigrant Council of Ireland says ratification would ensure safe and responsible use of the internet in Ireland.
# need to know
The Evening with added raccoon called Rocky
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Abortion
Ireland told to expedite abortion legislation or regulation
The Council of Europe’s committee of ministers called on Ireland to expedite the implementation of the judgment in the A, B, C vs Ireland case.
# Abortion
Ireland's abortion law under spotlight in Strasbourg
The Council of Europe will assess the government’s action plan on abortion and it is expected the ministers will seek a clear deadline for the implementation of the new legal regime.
# council of europe
Civil liberties group slams Creighton's "intransigence" on abortion ruling
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has submitted a report to the Council of Europe bemoaning the political attitude of the junior minister.
# Acta
Internet freedom 'must be protected', TD tells Council of Europe
TD for Clare Michael McNamara was speaking about ACTA at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
# Corruption
Blatter could face new election probe
The 47-nation Council of Europe, a legal advisory group, has called on FIFA to examine the circumstances surrounding president Sepp Blatter’s re-election last June.