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Georgia: PACE President asks the Venice Commission for an opinion on the draft law on Transparency of...

16/04/2024 | President

The President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Theodoros Rousopoulos, yesterday requested the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) for an urgent opinion on the compliance with Council of Europe standards of the Georgian draft law on Transparency...

'Ukraine needs right now the vital munitions which will allow it to continue to defend itself' says PACE...

15/04/2024 | President

“Ukraine needs our support and not just words – it needs right now the vital munitions which will allow it to continue to defend itself, to defend us all and to defend the most fundamental right of all laid down in the European Convention on Human Rights – the right of people to life,” PACE...

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PACE President: ‘Russian and Belarusian athletes should not compete in the Paris Olympic Games’

20/03/2024 | President

Following yesterday's decision by the International Olympic Committee not to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and responding to a call by Ukraine’s Olympic Champions* urging PACE’s continued support for a total ban on...

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Presidential election in Russia: "Let's not recognise Putin’s legitimacy as president", PACE President says

17/03/2024 | President

Following the Presidential election in Russia, PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos today made the following statement: "Some minutes ago, the polling stations in the so-called ‘elections’ in the Russian Federation closed and the exit polls announced the projections. And there was little surprise...

PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos meets UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York

Meeting with the UN Secretary General, PACE President urges more effective co-operation with the world body

12/03/2024 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos has urged more effective and properly institutionalised co-operation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe during a meeting yesterday in New York with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who is a former member of PACE. Such co-operation would...

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International Women’s Day: PACE President advocates for women’s empowerment amidst ongoing challenges

07/03/2024 | President

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos has recalled the global challenge of violence against women. “Let us remember that violence against women in all their diversity continues to be the most widespread human rights violation worldwide,” he said...

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Investment in women’s participation and empowerment: an ever more pressing need

07/03/2024 | President

Joint statement by PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos and the Chair of the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination Mariia Mezentseva, on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2024 Gender inequality continues to trigger gender-based violence, in our continent and beyond. There is...

"We must move forward together against dictatorships and authoritarianism", says PACE President

07/03/2024 | Standing Committee

"The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was born in 1789 in the wake of the French Revolution. Since then, individual rights and freedom have become integral parts of our societies. However, the reality is that we still have to continue to defend them again and again against...

PACE President: “the ‘elections’ in Belarus are a travesty of democracy”

26/02/2024 | President

“There cannot be free and fair elections in a situation where freedoms of speech, assembly and association are curtailed; where opposition political parties are liquidated and their leaders persecuted; where the freedom of the media is not respected; and where there is no redress against these...

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Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine: two years on, Council of Europe leaders reiterate support...

23/02/2024 | President

Liechtenstein Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sport and President of the Committee of Ministers, Dominique Hasler, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Theodoros Rousopoulos, and the Secretary General, Marija Pejčinović Burić, today made the following statement on the occasion...

‘This war is also our war,’ PACE President says

23/02/2024 | President

“The worst that can happen is for us to get used to this war, to start perceiving it as a new normality. We must avoid this at all costs,” today said PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos in a ceremony to mark two years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. “But I also ask myself what we...

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'There is little doubt that the Russian state bears full responsibility for the death of Alexei Navalny...

16/02/2024 | President

Following the death of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Theodoros Rousopoulos made the following statement:  "I am deeply shocked by today's terrible news of the death in prison of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny...