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‘Little Amal’, a 3.5m-tall animated puppet of a Syrian refugee girl, visits PACE and the Council of Europe

21/09/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Little Amal, a 3.5m-tall animated puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian refugee girl who is walking across Europe to raise awareness of the situation of child refugees, is to visit PACE and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 30th September 2021. Amal’s visit is one of the stops on “The Walk”, an...

Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan: PACE committee sets out steps to address the humanitarian...

13/09/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Following the tragic recent conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the PACE Migration Committee has set out a series of recommendations to both countries to address the humanitarian consequences in the short and long term, and move towards a process of peace and reconciliation. Approving a...

Call for the voluntary relocation of migrants in need of humanitarian protection

08/09/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The PACE Migration Committee wants the member States of the Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) to strengthen and increase the voluntary transfer of migrants in need of humanitarian protection or asylum seekers to third countries for the purposes of determining their migration status...

PACE rapporteur calls for de-escalation and respect for a cease-fire after recent border incidents between...

30/07/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Paul Gavan (Ireland, UEL), PACE rapporteur for the 'Humanitarian consequences of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan', today called on the leadership of both countries to de-escalate and respect a cease fire after border incidents which recently caused the death of three Armenian...

The humanitarian consequences of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan: PACE rapporteur to visit Baku

23/07/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Paul Gavan (Ireland, UEL) will visit Azerbaijan on behalf of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) from 26 to 28 July 2021, to gather information for his report on “The humanitarian consequences of the conflict between...

World Refugee Day: ‘Heal, learn and shine’

18/06/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“On the occasion of the World Refugee Day (20 June), the international community calls to protect and support people who have been pushed away from their homes by armed conflicts, persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion...

Parliamentarians urge ‘greater solidarity’ with refugees after London conference to mark World Refugee Day

18/06/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Council of Europe and OSCE member states are being urged to abide by their international obligations towards refugees, and to “lead by example” in displaying greater solidarity towards persons fleeing armed conflicts, violence or persecution. The call was issued by two leading members of the UK...

PACE rapporteur welcomes Azerbaijan’s release of Armenian captives and Armenia’s handing over of mine-maps...

14/06/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE’s rapporteur on the humanitarian consequences of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Paul Gavan (Ireland, UEL), today welcomed the news of the release of 15 Armenian captives and the handing over to Azerbaijan of a map showing almost 100,000 landmines in the Agdam region. “It is...

Webinar on gender equality in migration policies

07/06/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“If we really want to integrate the protection of human rights in how we deal with the migration crisis, we need to look at a diversity of measures, a differentiation of data by gender as regards migrants, as well as a differentiation of voices and representation,” said Petra Stienen (Netherlands...

“The circle of violence between the Palestinian authorities in Gaza and the State of Israel must end”, says...

28/05/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“The recent military clashes between the Palestinian authorities in Gaza and the State of Israel have had serious humanitarian consequences for the populations concerned, in particular civilians who perished in Gaza and in Israel”, said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the...

PACE Migration Committee Chair reacts to migrant arrivals in Ceuta

20/05/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Chair of PACE’s Migration Committee has urged Spain and Morocco to work together to urgently find a solution to the situation in Ceuta, following the arrival of significant numbers of migrants there.Since Monday 18 May 2021, more than 8000 migrants from Morocco, among them 1500 unaccompanied...

The humanitarian consequences of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan: PACE rapporteur to visit Yerevan

18/05/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Paul Gavan (Ireland, UEL) will visit Armenia on behalf of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) from 19 to 22 May 2021, to gather information for his report on "The humanitarian consequences of the conflict between...