United Kingdom: Human rights commissioner urges independent inquiry into counterterrorism abuses

“A new and full inquiry can ensure all necessary lessons of the past are learned,” writes Dunja Mijatović in a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. “It would also send out a positive signal to other Council of Europe member states facing similar challenges, a number of which are also still to provide a full account of their involvement in rendition and secret detention programmes in the post-9/11 era.”

Video Reports: Parliamentary Assembly Summer Session

Watch videos from the first two days of the Parliamentary Assembly’s summer session.

Qatar signs co-operation agreement with Council of Europe ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022

The €600,000 agreement – under the terms of the European Convention on Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports events, aims to fulfill standards relative to safety, security and service. This would enable the country to accede to the convention and assist its preparations for hosting important events, such as the IAAF Athletics World Championships in 2019 in Doha and the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

New European study shows rising imprisonment

European prisons are on average close to full capacity, with inmates occupying over 9 out of ten available places, according to the Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE) for 2016, published today.

Report: ‘Intercultural cities’ have higher well-being and citizen satisfaction

Cities with stronger intercultural policies, based on the Council of Europe model, are more likely to have populations who believe that foreigners are good for their city and local services are trustworthy and efficient.