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PACE summer session 2021: the Istanbul Convention 10 years on

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will mark the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) with a debate on this topic at its next session, taking place from 21 to 24 June 2021 in a hybrid format, allowing members to participate remotely or attend in person in Strasbourg.

The Assembly will also debate the protection of fundamental rights and the legal implications of Covid passes or certificates; the socio-economic crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic; and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children’s rights – with a statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore (to be confirmed).

A debate is also planned on the participation of women from under-represented groups in political and public decision-making, with a statement by French Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Elisabeth Moreno. The fight against Afrophobia in Europe is also on the agenda, with the participation of E. Tendayi Achiume, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance (to be confirmed).

In the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó will address the Assembly and answer questions. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will also take part in a question and answer session.

The agenda also includes debates on media freedom, public trust and the people’s right to know; promoting a European policy on diasporas, with the participation of the Director General of the International Organization for Migration António Vitorino; the situation of the Crimean Tatars; the prosecution of politicians for statements made in the exercise of their mandate; and transparency and the regulation of donations to political parties and electoral campaigns from foreign donors.

Reports on the recent parliamentary elections in Bulgaria and Albania will be discussed. PACE will also elect judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Croatia and the Russian Federation.