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Council of Europe fears virus measures hurting democracy

Europe’s leading human rights body warned Tuesday that threats to democratic rights and personal freedoms have worsened during the pandemic, with some governments using health restrictions as a pretext to advance undemocratic political agendas. In a 148-page report lamenting a state of “democracy in distress,” the Council of Europe said …

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Council of Europe report calls on Greece to stop pushbacks, reform its immigration detention system

Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee calls on Greece to reform its immigration detention system and stop pushbacks. In a report published on Thursday, on a rapid reaction ad hoc visit to Greece in March 2020, the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) once again urges the Greek authorities to change …

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CoE Rights group slams “inhumane” treatment of migrants in Greece

The Council of Europe rights body Tuesday condemned the “inhuman and degrading treatment” of migrants and asylum seekers held in Greece, adding it had credible allegations of abuse by police. “Foreign nationals deprived of their liberty by the Greek authorities must be treated humanely and with dignity,” the Council’s European …

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Council of Europe urges Greece to step up anti-corruption efforts

Greece needs to step up efforts to prevent corruption by lawmakers and judges and improve transparency of party financing, the Council of Europe said in two reports on Thursday. Greeks have suffered years of austerity brought on by a debilitating financial crisis that many blame on political corruption, a spendthrift …

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CoE Anti-torture report slams “poor conditions” in Greek prisons and “excessive police force”

The anti-torture report published today by the Council of Europe criticizes strongly excessive police force and poor prison conditions in Greece. The report is the result of a visit to Greek prison carried out by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture/Inhuman or Degrading Treatment/Punishment between 14 and 24 …

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EGAM: Greek PM to exclude Golden Dawn MPs from Council of Europe

European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM) said in a press release that Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras  announced he favored the exclusion of extreme right-wing Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) from the European Council Discrimination Committee. Last October the participation of Eleni Zaroulia, Member of the Greek Parliament and wife of party chairman …

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