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Epub - State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law

Epub - State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law (2017)

Report by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

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Language : English
Number of pages : 122

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Epub - State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law

Epub - State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law

Populism - How strong are Europe's checks and balances?

This is the fourth annual report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. As with previous reports, the five chapters look at the key building blocks of democratic security: efficient, impartial and independent judiciaries; freedom of expression; freedom of assembly and freedom of association; democratic institutions; and inclusive societies.

The report’s analysis of Council of Europe member states’ strengths and weaknesses in these areas can be used to assess their resilience to the challenges posed by populism.

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Populism - How strong are Europe's checks and balances?

This is the fourth annual report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. As with previous reports, the five chapters look at the key building blocks of democratic security: efficient, impartial and independent judiciaries; freedom of expression; freedom of assembly and freedom of association; democratic institutions; and inclusive societies.

The report’s analysis of Council of Europe member states’ strengths and weaknesses in these areas can be used to assess their resilience to the challenges posed by populism.

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FOREWORD
WHAT IS POPULISM?
GUIDE TO THE REPORT
KEY FINDINGS
PROPOSALS FOR ACTION
CHAPTER 1 – EFFICIENT, IMPARTIAL AND INDEPENDENT JUDICIARIES
     Introduction
     Judicial independence
     Efficiency of court proceedings
     Enforcement of court decisions
     Legality and legal certainty
     Access to legal aid
     Lawyer professionalism
CHAPTER 2 – FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
     Introduction
     Legal guarantees for freedom of expression
     Protection of journalists and other media actors
     Media independence
     Media pluralism and diversity
     Freedom of expression on the internet
CHAPTER 3 – FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION
     Introduction
     Freedom of assembly
     Freedom of association
CHAPTER 4 – DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS
     Introduction
     Free and fair elections
     Functioning of democratic institutions
     Decentralisation
     Good governance
CHAPTER 5 – INCLUSIVE SOCIETIES
     Introduction
     Social rights
     Non-discrimination and integration policies
     Access to rights and integration of refugees and migrants
     Education and culture for democracy
     Engaging young people

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