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10 December - Human Rights Day: the Istanbul Convention saves lives. It’s time to ratify and implement it...

09/12/2022 | President

“Every year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, many events and demonstrations are held throughout the world to support the fundamental right of women and girls to live their lives free from violence,” declared PACE President Tiny Kox today, at...

PACE and Althingi Presidents open Standing Committee meeting in Reykjavik

25/11/2022 | Standing Committee

PACE President Tiny Kox and Birgir Ármannsson, Speaker of the Alþingi, the Parliament of Iceland, opened today's meeting of the Standing Committee in Reykjavik, bringing together around 60 members of the Parliamentary Assembly. “We are gathered here shortly after the historic decision by the...

Downing of flight MH17: 'Finally justice has been done, no room for impunity', says PACE President

17/11/2022 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox today made the following statement: "The Hague District Court in the Netherlands has just ruled on the State responsibility of the Russian Federation under the European Convention on Human Rights and other international conventions concerning the downing over eastern...

PACE President expresses hope for democracy ‘to genuinely come back on European soil’

07/11/2022 | President

“As this Forum intends to get to the heart of what has gone wrong, but also to assess the impact of the most promising initiatives presented over the last decade, let me express the hope for democracy to genuinely come back on European soil and elsewhere,” said PACE President Tiny Kox addressing...

4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe: statement by PACE President Tiny Kox

07/11/2022 | President

Following the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers’ decision to hold a Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe on 16-17 May 2023 in Reykjavik, PACE President Tiny Kox made the following statement: “Our Assembly is convinced of the need for a new, 4th Summit of...

War in Ukraine: “There should be no impunity, neither for the Russian President and Government, nor for the...

25/10/2022 | President

“State Duma and Federation Council have given full support to the war of aggression against Ukraine and validated the recent illegal attempted annexations, after they acted in a similar way in 2014. Together with the Russian President and the Russian Government, Russian Parliament bears therefore...

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: ‘Never yet in history was united Europe as strong as it is today’

13/10/2022 | President

“Today, we see the historically important results of dialogue in Europe, between Europeans. We see actions that have made Europe unprecedentedly stronger. Never yet in history was united Europe as strong as it is today. So, focus on everything that is needed to prevent the Russian terrorists from...

Tiny Kox: we support “the brave struggle of the people of Ukraine to protect, uphold and regain national...

10/10/2022 | President

“The Council of Europe supports the brave struggle of the people of Ukraine to protect, uphold and regain national sovereignty and territorial integrity of their country and our member State” President Tiny Kox said today at the opening the 2022 Autumn Session of the Council of Europe...

Council of Europe leaders condemn Russian air strikes against towns and cities in Ukraine

10/10/2022 | President

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Simon Coveney, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have made the following...

Irish Presidency welcomes publication of report on the future of the Council of Europe

05/10/2022 | President

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, and Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, have joined Council of Europe leaders today in welcoming the publication of a report on the future of the Council of Europe by a High-Level Reflection Group chaired by Ireland’s former...

Council of Europe leaders condemn the illegal annexation of occupied territories of Ukraine

30/09/2022 | President

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Simon Coveney, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have made the following...

Violence against women: let us ‘counter fake news’ about the Istanbul Convention, says PACE President

29/09/2022 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox has urged states to “vehemently counter any fake news” about the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe’s gold standard legal instrument for combating violence against women and domestic violence. Speaking at a conference of Council of Europe Justice Ministers in...