The Council of Europe (CoE; French: Conseil de l'Europe, CdE) is an international organisation whose aim is to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe.
Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe has 47 member states, with 820 million inhabitants in total. It operates with an annual budget of half a billion euros. The organization is not an EU organization, it is an official United Nations Observer. The Council of Europe cannot make binding laws, but it does have the power to enforce select international agreements reached by European states on various topics. The best known body of the Council of Europe is the European Court of Human Rights, which enforces the European Convention on Human Rights. The headquarters of the Council of Europe are in Strasbourg. Here you can find a chronical compilation of all DW content refering to the CoE.
The legislation criminalizes aid to illegal immigrants and is punishable with up to one year in jail. Hungary chose to vote on the bill even before the Venice Commission could submit its conclusion on it.
Luxury gifts, money and prostitutes: a report concluded that Pedro Agramunt likely accepted bribes from Azerbaijan in exchange for silencing criticism. He denied the charges — though he wished in part it were otherwise.
Investigators said they have "strong suspicions" that former members of the human rights body engaged in corruption. Azerbaijan is believed to have exerted influence to whitewash its human rights record.
It’s called the “Azerbaijani Laundromat”, a money laundering scheme which funnelled 2.5 billion euros through various European states, and which also allegedly paid off officials and journalists. The scheme came to light after a joint investigation by media organisations and human rights organisations. Casey Kelso, advocacy director for Transparency International, explains this ‘caviar diplomacy’.