Venice Commission: Poland’s recent reforms constitute “grave threat” to judiciary

In an opinion adopted today, the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (“Venice Commission”) concludes that the cumulative effect of proposed reforms to two laws and recently adopted amendments to a third law “puts at serious risk” the independence of “all parts” of the Polish judiciary.

Committee of Ministers launches infringement proceedings against Azerbaijan

The Committee of Ministers of the 47-nation Council of Europe has launched infringement proceedings against Azerbaijan due to the authorities’ continuing refusal to ensure the unconditional release of opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov following a judgment from the European Court of Human Rights in 2014.

Video: Preview of World Forum for Democracy 2017

In this video, Nicoletta Manzini looks ahead to this year’s World Forum for Democracy which starts on 8 November.

Thorbjørn Jagland publishs 2017 report on state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe

The Secretary General assesses the health of the five building blocks of democratic security across member states: independent judiciaries, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, the functioning of democratic institutions, and inclusive societies; this time in the context of growing populism.

Applications open for Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth (2018-2019) membership

The Advisory Council on Youth is the non-governmental partner in a co-management system, which includes government officials.