Spain: New Parliamentary Assembly President Pedro Agramunt sets out priorities

The fight against international terrorism, Europe’s refugee crisis, ‘frozen conflicts’ and the chalenge of populism have been targetted by the new assembly president.

‘Foreign fighters’ targetted as states sign up to new Council of Europe anti-terror strategy

Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland said: “For the first time in international law, we have an instrument that criminalises early preparations for acts of terror. The Additional Protocol to the Convention of Terrorism is the vital, missing piece of the jigsaw.”

Italy: Guido Raimondi to succeed Dean Spielmann as court president

Today, following a secret ballot, the European Court of Human Rights elected Guido Raimondi (Italy) as its new president.

Belgium : Roma family’s eviction led to human rights violations.

A Belgian eviction order, left a Roma family without basic means of subsistence and forced its return to Serbia, where a severely disabled child died.

Something for the weekend (33)

A thumbs-up for the release of international monitors, a thumbs-down from media professionals, lawyers and civil society over human rights protection in Azerbaijan and a glorious, two-fingered victory salute in celebration of the Council of Europe’s 65th anniversary…. Something for the weekend.