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LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017

COUNCIL OF EUROPE

The following is the report from the Holy See’s Permanent Mission to the Council of Europe which highlights issues tackled by the Council of Europe. In the last year (August 2016-July 2017) the Council of Europe has continued to deal with issues raised by the massive arrival of migrants and refugees in Europe, with the first aim being that of ensuring that the member States guarantee migrants protection of human rights envisaged by the European Court of Human Rights. In the ministerial Session held in Nicosia (Cyprus) on 19 May 2017, a plan of action was approved for the benefit of migrant children and a group of experts, in dialogue with civil society, is carrying out a codification of the existing norms in the area of detention of child migrants. The plan for the definition of a framework of competences for education in democratic citizenship is entering the operative stage: a totality of content, but also of attitudes and abilities which the educational path should encourage, with a view to a better integration between students belonging to different cultures, a prerequisite for the construction of an inclusive society. On another front, a new Convention on violations involving cultural assets, aimed at preventing illegal trafficking and destruction of cultural assets, is open for signature.

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In the October 2016 Session the Parliamentary Assembly rejected a report on surrogate motherhood which had as its objective that of arriving at a legal framework of “altruistic” surrogate motherhood in Europe. By the 24 January 2017 Grande chambre verdict, the European Court of Human Rights held it to be legitimate for a State to take away a child from a couple who had obtained the child abroad through surrogate motherhood, when there is no genetic bond with either of the two members of the couple. By contrast, when a genetic bond exists, the Court forces even States which forbid surrogate motherhood to recognise the parental bond. In the April 2017 Session, the Parliamentary Assembly approved a Resolution on the protection of the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities, which seeks to set limits on State interference in educational issues. As well as following the activities described above, the Holy See’s Mission has continued to participate in the work of c. 25 inter-governmental Committees. Inter alia, it has made contributions to the elaboration of the “European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century”, the “Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023”, and the “Gender Equality Strategy” still being developed. The Holy See has also taken part at various international conferencs of the Council of Europe, some at a ministerial level.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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