24/01/2024 | 18:48:22 Thank you, Madam President. Yesterday we were discussing whether to use the term "barbaric" or "undignified", "ignoble", sorry. Torture is both, and we can use both adjectives. I'd like to thank the rapporteur, our excellent colleague Mr Constantinos EFSTATHIOU, for this excellent report, which really takes stock of an essential element, an essential value which lies at the heart of this Organisation's activities, a legal obligation which is often a constitutional obligation, he reminds us of... 23/01/2024 | 18:12:13 Thank you, Madam Chairman. Obviously, this debate is taking place with a great deal of emotion - and that's understandable - but I believe, on the contrary, Mr BISMUTH, that the report delivered to us by the rapporteur Mr FASSINO is a credit to this Assembly, because he delivers an extremely balanced report, which looks at problems from both sides and in an extremely objective way. It's important for us to be able to debate it, albeit with emotion at times, but also by looking at the reality... 13/10/2023 | 10:54:28 Thank you, Madam President. "A thing is not just because it is law, but it must be law because it is just" (Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu). I wanted to start with this quote, because that's what we're talking about today. The rapporteur put it extremely well. It's about the separation of powers, checks and balances. Mr Pieter OMTZIGT's report is based on serious work. Firstly, that of the Venice Commission, to which the Committee asked for an opinion, and then within the... 11/10/2023 | 18:23:54 We are truly at the heart of our Organization's activity, namely the defense of fundamental rights and freedoms, and this is the essential role of the Council of Europe. During the preparation of this Report, the Committee held two hearings: one in Bern in 2022 with an expert from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and an MEP who is a member of the PEGA Committee; and another hearing in Paris in December last year with three targeted victims of Pegasus or... 11/10/2023 | 15:56:15 Thank you, Mister Chairman. Humanity had learned important lessons from the terrible conflicts of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The Council of Europe is a powerful witness to this. In the 21st century, these lessons seem to be fading from our memories and our hearts. In Ukraine, alas; in Nagorno-Karabakh, alas; in northern Kosovo, alas. Three crises in our Assembly, debates also this week. And in Israel, alas. What's happening there is shattering our hearts and minds. Terrorist attacks by...
24/01/2023 | Doc. 15689 | Report Legal and human rights aspects of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine 09/01/2023 | Doc. 15683 | Report Emergence of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) and their necessary apprehension through European human rights law 07/06/2021 | Doc. 15309 | Report Covid passes or certificates: protection of fundamental rights and legal implications
25/01/2024 | Doc. 15912 | Motion for a resolution Externalising asylum increases the risk of undermining the system of international protection 21/11/2023 | Doc. 15866 | Motion for a resolution Elections in times of crisis 27/06/2023 | Doc. 15766 | Written declaration Call on the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe to give strong political support to the creation of a special international criminal tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine 05/05/2023 | Doc. 15766 | Written declaration Call on the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe to give strong political support to the creation of a special international criminal tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine 22/04/2023 | Doc. 15747 | Written declaration Nuclear safety in Europe is again being called into question: time for decisive action
26/01/2024 | Doc. 15889, vote on the draft text for resolution Child abuse in institutions in Europe 26/01/2024 | Doc. 15889, vote on the draft text for recommendation Child abuse in institutions in Europe 24/01/2024 | Doc. 15898, vote on the draft text for resolution Challenge, on substantive grounds, of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of Azerbaijan 24/01/2024 | Doc. 15880, vote on the draft text for resolution Allegations of systemic torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in places of detention in Europe 23/01/2024 | Doc. 15890, vote on the draft text for resolution Recent developments in the Middle East: Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel and Israel’s response