Threats to Middle East Christians

Low birth rate and emigration – fuelled in some places by discrimination and persecution, threaten the existence of Christian communities in the Middle East, the Parliamentary Assembly warned today.

History week: Commemoration of the 66th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

It will be attended by many personalities, politicians and academics from countries with diverse religions and cultural traditions, who will appeal for a rejection of all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and exclusion.

Data Protection Day

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “Confronted with the challenges raised by the rapid development of information technology, privacy rights matter more than ever,” emphasising ”the need for a truly international framework that is human rights based, flexible, transparent and inclusive.”

Homosexual Rights

As France awaits a decision from its ‘Conseil constitutionnel’ on homosexual marriage, this ECHR factsheet makes for interesting reading.

Podcast: Roma, donors and mediator training

Cathie Burton, the Council of Europe’s spokesperson on Roma issues gives her views on the Strasbourg meeting of international partners which followed last October’s Roma summit