The Journal: for the latest human rights news in Europe – Week of 27 October 2014

Council of Europe Journal for the week of 27 October 2014:

  • Ukraine legislates for its displaced population
  • Walking against sexual exploitation of children
  • A competition to draw democracy and human rights in school

MAIN STORY

What rights do those who fled their homes following the illegal annexation of Crimea and conflict in Eastern Ukraine have?
The answer to that question came recently with the adoption by Ukraine’s Parliament of a Law on internally displaced persons.
Secretary Jagland says it sends a strong signal of the Verkhovna Rada’s will to abide by European and international human rights law.

 

NEWS IN BRIEF

  •  Ireland’s Foreign Minister and Secretary General Jagland have discussed the state of human rights in Europe, the situation in Ukraine, Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe and the Secretary General’s priorities for the next five years.  r Flanagan said the fight against racism and intolerance in Europe is a key priority for Ireland.
  •  Matthew McVarish walked into Strasbourg and the Council of Europe to spread the message on stopping sexual violence against children. Himself a Scottish survivor of sexual violence, McVarish is on a ten thousand mile hike between Europe’s capitals to meet influential people and share his experiences and insights.
  •  The European Court of Human Rights has found in Favour of Hungarian journalist Gábor Matúz, who was dismissed from State TV after publishing a book alleging censorship within the company.
  • The Council of Europe’s work to improve the situation of Roma people continues. The Roma Mediation programme ROMED2 has been launched in Berlin to coincide with a Roma genocide remembrance ceremony there, also marked in Strasbourg.
  • Students across Europe expressed their views of democracy and human rights through a competition to create a comic strip.

Looking ahead now, the Parliamentary Assembly will observe elections in Ukraine and Tunisia. And drug policy experts the Pompidou Group will be looking at virtual money, criminality and drug dealing on the so-called ‘Dark Net’.

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