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Urgent debates on the arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny and on the functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey

During its Spring Session 2021, which took place in a hybrid format, the Assembly held urgent debates on "The arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny in January 2021" and on "The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey", as well as current affairs debates on "Covid passports or certificates: protection of fundamental rights and legal implications" and "Armenian prisoners of war and other captives".

On the occasion of the German Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth participated in the session.

The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, and the Secretary General of the organisation, Marija Pejčinović Burić, also addressed PACE.

The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, presented her 2020 annual report and the Assembly awarded its 2020 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

Topics on the agenda included a debate on the Assembly's vision of the Council of Europe's strategic priorities and a joint debate on human rights violations and the need for electoral reform in Belarus.

The OECD's work on taxing the digital economy with the participation of its Secretary General Ángel Gurría, discrimination against people with chronic and long-term illnesses, post-monitoring dialogue with Montenegro, the preservation of national minorities and a European policy on diasporas were also discussed.