Lunch seminar on corruption in the Council of Europe

September 11th, 2017   Events | News | Seminars
27 September, 2017

The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation held a lunch seminar with Tobias Billström and Gerald Knaus on corruption in the Council of Europe, Wednesday, September 27.

The seminar was sent live and can be watched here.

Read more about the seminar below.

The End of Caviar Diplomacy?

For over a decade, authoritarian governments have tried to capture Europe’s oldest human rights institution, the Council of Europe, through bribes and KGB-tactics. The aim has been to neutralize the international human rights movement’s strategy of “naming and shaming” those who falsify elections and violate basic human rights.

This trend reached its peak when the President of the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly earlier this year flew into Damascus on a Russian jet, as part of a delegation led by a member of Russia’s far-right party. Their agenda included a meeting with president Bashar al-Assad which took place two weeks before a sarin gas attack in Syria’s Idlib provice.

A coalition of politicians, prosecutors, journalists and civil society actors are now fighting back and an unprecedent independent investigation has been launched to look into the corruption.

Gerald Knaus, Chairman of the European Stability Initiative, and Tobias Billström, Deputy Chairman of the Swedish Delegation to the Council of Europe, presented the current state of affairs and the struggle for a solid human rights regime in Europe.


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