Hammarberg: “Migrant children should not be detained”

Governments in the host countries need to rethink their approach; the present policy is not humane. It is also in conflict with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that detention “is to be used only as a measure of last resort, for the shortest appropriate period of time and taking into account the best interests of the child as a primary consideration.”

Protecting the child’s right to ‘online oblivion’

In Iceland today, Lee Hibbard will insist that children have the right to arrive in adult life with a “clean slate” and will highlight the Council of Europe’s role in bringing human rights to the online community.

Judges refuse Northern Ireland prisoner complaint

The case concerned the ban on all prisoners in Northern Ireland wearing, outside their cells, emblems with a political or sectarian connotation.

Helsinki hosts international social rights conference

Representatives of Council of Europe member states, the European Commission, international organisations, trade unions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international experts in social and economic rights will attend the seminar.

Anti-torture committee visits Albania

The Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) spent three days in the country. The main aim of the visit, which began on 30 January, was to examine the treatment of detainees following the disturbances which occurred on 21 January in Tirana.