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Europe’s rule of law in worst crisis since cold war, says Council of Europe chief

Council of Europe secretary general, Thorbjørn Jagland. Photograph: Laurie Dieffembacq/AFP/Getty Images

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Most of the 72-page report is devoted to identifying „very worrying“ challenges to human rights, democracies and the rule of law across Europe.

These include discrimination against ethnic and national minorities (in 39 member states); prison overcrowding (30 states); corruption (26 states); ill treatment by police (23 states); social exclusion and discrimination against Roma (20 states); and restrictions of free expression (eight states).

Problems with the judiciary are identified in 20 countries and deeply embedded judicial corruption has been reported in „many“ of the 47 Council of Europe states, the report says.

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