History week: Commemoration of the 66th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

It will be attended by many personalities, politicians and academics from countries with diverse religions and cultural traditions, who will appeal for a rejection of all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and exclusion.

Data Protection Day

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “Confronted with the challenges raised by the rapid development of information technology, privacy rights matter more than ever,” emphasising ”the need for a truly international framework that is human rights based, flexible, transparent and inclusive.”

Homosexual Rights

As France awaits a decision from its ‘Conseil constitutionnel’ on homosexual marriage, this ECHR factsheet makes for interesting reading.

Podcast: Roma, donors and mediator training

Cathie Burton, the Council of Europe’s spokesperson on Roma issues gives her views on the Strasbourg meeting of international partners which followed last October’s Roma summit

History week: “When the rule of law stops, tyranny begins”

During a speech marking the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “One and a half million children and millions more adults, Jews, Roma, homosexuals, disabled people, political dissidents, religious minorities and others, singled out for their race, religion, political beliefs, or their sexual orientation. Murdered.”