Greece: Human rights court awards €576,000 to forced labour migrant strawberry-pickers

The case concerned 42 Bangladeshi nationals who did not have work permits and were subjected to forced labour. Their employers had recruited them to pick strawberries on a farm in Manolada (Greece) but failed to pay the applicants’ wages and obliged them to work in difficult physical conditions under the supervision of armed guards.

Russia: European court judgements on right to peaceful assembly

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has expressed concern about freedom of expression and of assembly in Russia, following mass detentions at demonstrations.

Parliamentary Assembly: Thorbjørn Jagland urges independent inquiry into corruption allegations

In a 24 March letter to the assembly’s president Pedro Agramunt, the secretary general urges him to deal with the claims in a “swift and transparent manner.”

Croatia: Court backs anti-Roma hate crime complaint

Human rights judges today awarded 12,500 euros (EUR) in respect of non-pecuniary damage and EUR 2,200 in respect of costs and expenses to Maja Škorjanec, after accepting that Croatia’s authorities failed to investigate properly an alleged anti-Roma hate crime.

Applications open for Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth (2018-2019) membership

The Advisory Council on Youth is the non-governmental partner in a co-management system, which includes government officials.