Belgium: Court recommends improvements to prison conditions

Human rights judges have today urged Belgium to adopt “general measures guaranteeing prisoners adequate conditions of detention.”

Croatia: Union medics await court decision on strike ban human rights challenge

Medical practitioners will find out later this week if their human rights challenge to a Croatian ban on trade union strike action has the backing of Strasbourg judges.

Nils Muižnieks: My “pain” over Azerbaijan’s crackdown on human rights defenders

“Azerbaijan will go down in history as the country that carried out an unprecedented crackdown on human rights defenders during its chairmanship,” wrote the Commissioner for Human Rights today on his Facebook page.

Podcast : Council of Europe – EU partnership to help N.E.E.Ts

In this podcast, Ireland-based research manager Anna Ludvinek discusses a youthwork partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Union to help young people whose vulnerability is magnified because they are not in education, not in employment and not in training (NEETS).

Something for the weekend (43)

In this week’s ‘the rubber hits the road edition’ – Strasbourg gets ready for the visit of Pope Francis, Europe’s police get ready for more effective community outreach with an anti-hate crime conference, Secretary General Jagland gets ready for Moscow and Ukraine’s 450,000 plus displaced people get ready for winter!