The Council of Europe is an international organisation whose stated aim is to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. Founded in 1949, it has 47 member states, with a population of approximately 820 million, and operates with an annual budget of approximately 500 million euros.
Albania's parliament on Wednesday passed an anti-defamation package criticized by journalists and the Council of Europe as an attempt to muzzle the media while the government countered it was merely.. Reuters - Published
The U.N. migration agency and the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner urged Bosnia on Thursday to relocate an overcrowded migrant camp, warning of a humanitarian risk because of "deplorable".. Reuters - Published
The Council of Europe voted to return Russia's voting rights on Wednesday, a decision that has created major diplomatic turmoil for an institution already facing a delicate financial situation. France 24 - Published
Europe's main human rights forum on Tuesday approved Russia's readmission, the first time that an international sanction imposed for its seizure of Crimea in 2014 has been reversed, despite a stalling.. Reuters - Published
Russian representatives will be allowed to return to the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly after the body voted to restore their voting rights. Moscow was barred from the international body.. WorldNews - Published