The Council has adopted two decisions according which the EU shall join the Council of Europe Convention (Istanbul Convention) on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. However, while the Commission and the European Parliament had advocated for an extensive EU accession to this Convention, which would have resulted in an interference of the EU into educational and cultural matters, which fall within exclusive competences of Member States, Member States have successfully resisted these attempts. The compromise agreed in the Council falls significantly short of these pretensions, limiting EU accession to the issues of asylum, non-refoulment and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It makes reference to Article 78 (2), 82, and 83 TFEU and to exclusive competences of the EU.
The Council of Europe’s “Human Rights Commissioner” Nils Muižnieks (a former director of the Soros Foundation) has claimed that Ireland’s 2013 Abortion Act is still too restrictive and has a “chilling” effect on doctors who must decide who meets its requirements.
Mr Muižnieks made his criticisms of Ireland’s abortion law in a report covering a range of human rights issues in Ireland. Continue reading
Nils Muižnieks, the current “Human Rights Commissioner” of the Council of Europe, misuses the prestige, the resources, and easy access to the media that are associated with his function to promote the legal recognition of same-sex “marriages” between sodomites, an issue for which very obviously he holds no mandate. He is doing so on the basis of spurious claim that sodomite-“marriage” is a “human right” awaiting to be discovered.
Here is his grotesque “Human Rights Comment”, published on the Council of Europe’s website. Continue reading
The International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of Education (OIDEL) will present its Worldwide Report 2016 on Freedom of Education in Brussels on Wednesday 9 November. OIDEL is an NGO specialised in the right to education and freedom of education. It has consultative status with ECOSOC, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Continue reading
As we reported in one of our previous posts, the Committee for Social Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rejected on 22 September the contoversial resolution drafted by Belgian MP Petra De Sutter, which would have opened a way for the legalization of surrogacy. However, one part of Mr? De Sutter’s draft, a recommandation to the Committee of Ministers of the organisation consider the desirability and feasibility of “drawing up European guidelines to safeguard children’s rights in relation to surrogacy arrangements”, survived this defeat, and was thus put to a vote in the PACE’s plenary session today. Readers of our website will be delighted to learn that this remnant has now also been defeated. The outcome of the vote was 83 against 77 votes, with 7 abstentions. Continue reading
The Polish government has given an unusually clear reply to a report published last week by Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, in which Poland’s murder-restrictive abortion law and its treatment of women were harshly criticized, Stefano Gennarini reports in the Friday Fax. Continue reading
On 21 June, Dr. Petra De Sutter, a Belgian transgender senator and gynaecologist specialising in surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), will try again to get the Committee on Social Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to support the legalization of surrogacy, despite the rejection of his/her previous report in March and his/her clear conflict of interest.
The move flouts the values of the Council of Europe, both through the content of the motion and the pocedure through which it is promoted. Continue reading