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The future of Council of Europe: zero corruption, boosted human rights and democracy

Thursday | 11 April 2019 | 13:00-14:00

Venue: Room 14, Palais de L’Europe

These recent years a number of corruption scandals have shaken the Council of Europe. Authoritarian governments of various countries bribed members of the Parliamentary Assembly in exchange for their loyalty and their silence about the problems linked to violations of human rights, democracy and corruption.

A striking example of this are the actions of the government of Azerbaijan, a country rich in petrol and gas which, by bribing politicians, succeeded in changing the order of the Council of Europe in favour of Ilham Aliyev’s kleptocratic regime.

Scandals such as the Caviar Diplomacy and the Azerbaijani Laundromat received worldwide attention and led to an investigation initiated by the Secretary General of the European Council. Notwithstanding the thorough work carried out, which brought serious shortcomings to light, it will be the responsibility of the future Secretary General to continue the fight to ensure the complete eradication of corruption in the Council of Europe.

Both candidates to the post of Secretary General, Didier Reynders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium and Marija Pejčinović Burić, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, recently chaired the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Should they be chosen, how would they strengthen the values of the Council of Europe in order to benefit the citizens of all 47 member states? How would they stop any country to undermine the standards and principles of this organization? How could they improve the collaboration between all the institutions of the Council of Europe to better combat corruption? Which reforms will be proposed to strengthen the financial autonomy of the Council of Europe to prevent kleptocratic regimes from manipulating the Council of Europe?

We invite you to reflect with us on these important questions during the event, because we should be sure that the future of the Council of Europe will be based on zero corruption, strengthened human rights and democracy.

Sponsored by PACE members:

Mr. Maurizio Buccarella (Italy)

and

Mr. Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands)

Organised by IRFS

Speakers:

Emin Huseynov, Co-founder, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety

Dr. Violeta Moskalu, Head of Board, Global Ukraine Foundation

Ana Ursachi, Human Rights Lawyer

Moderator:

Paola Gaffurini, Open Dialog Foundation

Thursday | 11 April 2019 | 13:00-14:00

Venue: Room 14, Palais de L’Europe

contact:

info@irfs.org | +41788788428

www.irfs.org

L’Institut pour la Liberté et Sécurité des Journalistes (Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety, IRFS) vous invite cordialement à l’événement « Le futur du Conseil de l’Europe: zéro corruption, renforcement des droits de l’homme et de la démocratie »

Jeudi | 11 Avril 2019 | 13:00-14:00

Adresse: Salle 14, Palais de L’Europe

Ces dernières années, plusieurs scandales de corruption ont secoué le Conseil de l’Europe. Des gouvernements autoritaires de divers pays ont corrompu des membres de l’Assemblée parlementaire en échange de leur loyauté et de leur silence sur les problèmes liés aux violations des droits de l’homme, à la démocratie et à la corruption.

Un exemple frappant, c’est celui du gouvernement de l’Azerbaïdjan, un pays riche en pétrole et en gaz, qui, en soudoyant des politiciens, ont réussi à modifier l’ordre du Conseil de l’Europe en faveur du régime kleptocratique d’Ilham Aliyev.

Des scandales tels que la « Diplomatie de Caviar » et le laundromat azerbaïdjanais ont retenu l’attention du monde entier et ont conduit à une enquête ouverte par le Secrétaire général du Conseil européen. Malgré les travaux approfondis menés qui ont mis en lumière de graves lacunes, le futur Secrétaire Général aura la responsabilité de poursuivre la lutte en vue de l’éradication complète de la corruption au Conseil de l’Europe.

Les deux candidats au poste de secrétaire général, Didier Reynders, Ministre des Affaires étrangères de Belgique et Marija Pejčinović Burić, Ministre des Affaires étrangères et européennes de Croatie, ont récemment présidé le Comité des ministres du Conseil de l’Europe.

Si ils étaient choisis, comment pourraient-ils renforcer les valeurs du Conseil de l’Europe aux bénéfice des citoyens des 47 Etats membres? Comment vont – ils empêcher les différents pays de saper les normes et les principes de cette organisation ? Comment pourraient-ils améliorer la collaboration entre toutes les institutions du Conseil de l’Europe pour mieux lutter contre la corruption? Quelles réformes seront proposées pour renforcer l’autonomie financière du Conseil de l’Europe afin d’empêcher les régimes kleptocratiques de manipuler le Conseil de l’Europe?

Nous vous invitons à réfléchir avec nous sur ces questions importantes pendant l’événement, car l’avenir du Conseil de l’Europe doit être construit sur les principes de zéro corruption, le renforcement des droits de l’homme et la démocratie.

Sponsored by les members de l’APCE:

Mr. Maurizio Buccarella (Italie))

et

Mr. Pieter Omtzigt (Pays-Bas)

Organisé par l’IRFS

Speakers:

Emin Huseynov, Co-fondateur, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety

Dr. Violeta Moskalu, Présidente du Conseil d’Administration, Global Ukraine Foundation

Ana Ursachi, Avocat des droits de l’homme

Moderatrice:

Paola Gaffurini, Open Dialog Foundation

Jeudi | 11 Avril 2019 | 13:00-14:00

Adresse: Salle 14, Palais de L’Europe

contact:

info@irfs.org | +41788788428

www.irfs.org


Институт Свободы и Безопасности Репортеров осуждает власти Азербайджана за сегодняшнее полицейское насилие против журналистов, а также участниц акции протеста против бытового насилия над женщинами, и призвает наказать сотрудников правохранительных органов и провокаторов, допустивших применение грубой силы против представителей СМИ и участников мирного протеста. » » » »


The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety condemns the Azerbaijani authorities for the violent police action against journalists, on international women’s day, as well as participants at the protest to end domestic violence, and demands that the law enforcement officers and provocateurs, who allowed the use of brute force against media representatives and peaceful protesters, to be brought to justice. » » » »

Date: 5 March, 2019

Time: 11.00 – 12:30

You are cordially invited to a press conference that will be held by Mehman Huseynov, a prominent Azerbaijani anti-corruption blogger, chairman of The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety . He was released from prison on the 2 March 2019, after serving a 2 year sentence on defamation charges after reporting torture in a detention facility. » » » »


Институт Свободы и Безопасности Репортеров осуждает власти Азербайджана за умышленное бездействие и фактический отказ в расследовании убийства журналиста Эльмара Гусейнова и призывает правоохранительные органы Азербайджана найти заказчиков и исполнителей коварного преступления, преследующего цель навсегда заставить замолчать известного и принципиального критика. » » » »


The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety strongly condemns the Azerbaijani authorities for the deliberate inaction and the factual refusal to investigate the murder of journalist Elmar Huseynov and calls on the law enforcement agencies of Azerbaijan to bring to justice both masterminds and perpetrators of the insidious crime, aiming to silence the famous critic. » » » »

The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety

cordially invites you to a side event:

Kleptocracy in the OSCE states, a threat to democracy and human rights

Thursday, February 21, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety is organizing a side event during the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting in Vienna. » » » »


The Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety cordially invites you to a side event: Azerbaijan’s Kleptocracy, Repression and Council of Europe Membership.

Tuesday 22 January, 13:00-14:00

Venue: Room 11, Palais de L’Europe

Today, the Council of Europe member states Azerbaijan and Russia are more repressive than they have ever been in the post-Soviet era. At the same time, Danske Bank’s Estonia branch has been involved in three international money laundering schemes: the “Russian Laundromat,” the “Azerbaijani Laundromat,” and what it calls “Hermitage Capital Management.” » » » »


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Washingtonpost: MEHMAN HUSEYNOV is a blogger, an activist for a free press and a journalist who has exposed uncomfortable truths about the rulers of Azerbaijan, including official corruption and police brutality. For almost two years, he has been imprisoned on bogus charges. As the end of his term approaches, the Azerbaijani police state has cooked up new charges to keep him in jail five to seven more years. Mr. Huseynov has gone on a hunger strike to protest. He must be freed and this travesty ended. » » » »


Turan: The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Azerbaijan, Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC) and Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) have expressed their deep concern at the new charges brought against an anti-corruption Azerbaijani blogger and Chairman of the Institute for Reporters` Freedom and Safety (IRFS), Mehman Huseynov, who is currently serving the remaining two months of his two-year prison sentence. It is reported by PACE. » » » »