Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2017: Call for nominations

The prize, created in 2013, will be awarded on 9 October in Strasbourg. Last year, human rights activist (photo) Nadia Murad (Iraq), who brought the plight of the Yazidi community to international attention, scooped the honour.

François Hollande: “We need the Council of Europe more than ever”

“France stands alongside the Council of Europe and I am confident that the Council of Europe stands alongside France in all efforts to promote peace, freedom and democracy,” France’s president declared.

Nadia Murad wins Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016

The award, worth €60,000, honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights.

Sevinj Fataliyev: European leaders must act to protect children in Aleppo

Sevinj Fataliyeva, who is the Assembly’s rapporteur on ‘Protecting children and young people affected by armed conflicts,’ raised the alarm following reports that 100,000 children are caught up in the conflict, many of whom have no chance to escape the city.

Assembly resolution highlights migration, labour market reforms and Europe’s ‘demographic winter’

Europe’s ‘demographic winter’ should spur governments towards “forward-looking policies to attract qualified migrants,” according to the Parliamentary Assembly’s Migration Committee.