France: Court set for judgement in PACS couple’s lesbian parent paternity leave complaint

The case concerns the fact that it was impossible for a lesbian woman (Ms Lucas) to obtain paternity leave following the birth of her partner’s child. Ms Hallier and Ms Lucas have lived together as a couple for many years and have entered into a civil partnership (PACS).

Romania: Embryo seizure family rights battle set for Strasbourg court judgement

The case concerns the couple’s complaint that they have not been able to recover embryos that were seized by the prosecuting authorities in 2009 and that they have been prevented from having another child.

Report: ‘Intercultural cities’ have higher well-being and citizen satisfaction

Cities with stronger intercultural policies, based on the Council of Europe model, are more likely to have populations who believe that foreigners are good for their city and local services are trustworthy and efficient.

Bulgaria: Court rejects lawyer’s complaint against exposure as communist-era security service agent

The case concerned a complaint brought by a lawyer having held a number of high-ranking posts in Bulgaria about the decision to expose him in 2008 for affiliation with the former security services during the communist regime in Bulgaria.

FIFA and the Council of Europe to promote human rights

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland underlined the importance of the Council of Europe’s sports conventions in protecting human rights in sport and agreed to start work on a Memorandum of Understanding between FIFA and the Council of Europe setting out in detail areas of cooperation between the two organisations.