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Joint debate: The role and responsibility of men and boys in eliminating gender-based violence against women and girls Presentation by Ms Petra STIENEN, Netherlands, ALDE, Rapporteur, AS/Ega

How men and boys can be ‘agents of change’ in confronting gender-based violence

25/01/2023 | Session

Men and boys can play an important role in combating gender-based violence by being agents of change and “speaking out against harmful practices, acting as role models and challenging sexism”, PACE has said. Adopting a resolution based on a report by Petra Stienen (Netherlands, ALDE), the...

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock

German Foreign Minister Baerbock: we need to set up the Council of Europe for a new era in European history

24/01/2023 | Session

Speaking to the Parliamentary Assembly, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has called on member states to reaffirm their commitment to the core values of the Council of Europe at the upcoming summit of heads of state and government, which in particular means all member states respecting...

Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC)
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Concerted international action to combat conflict-related sexual violence

24/01/2023 | Session

PACE today strongly condemned conflict-related sexual violence, which is “a war crime in international law”, can be a constitutive element of genocide, and is used as a means of ethnic cleansing. However, the parliamentarians believe that this phenomenon is not an inevitable consequence of war...

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PACE elects Oddný Mjöll Arnardóttir judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Iceland

24/01/2023 | Session

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today elected Oddný Mjöll Arnardóttir as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Iceland. Ms Arnardóttir, having obtained an absolute majority of votes cast, is elected judge of the European Court of Human Rights for a term of...

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PACE elects Anne Louise Haahr Bormann judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Denmark

24/01/2023 | Session

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today elected Anne Louise Haahr Bormann as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Denmark. Ms Bormann, having obtained an absolute majority of votes cast, is elected judge of the European Court of Human Rights for a term of...

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Assessing the functioning of the Partnership for Democracy

24/01/2023 | Session

The Partnership for Democracy introduced in 2010 has reached its primary goal of establishing structured and value-based co-operation with the parliaments of neighbouring countries willing to perform a rapprochement with the Assembly on the basis of shared values, according to PACE’s Committee on...

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić
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Secretary General: Ukraine is our priority and Russia must account for its aggression; urges ambition for...

24/01/2023 | Session

In her speech to the Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić said “Ukraine must take centre stage” at the Council of Europe Summit on 16-17 May in Reykjavik. Stressing that “accountability for the death and destruction caused by Russian aggression is vital”, she restated...

Despina congratulating Tiny Kox on his re-election as the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Tiny Kox, re-elected President, urges a stronger role for PACE as the ‘most relevant European Agora’

23/01/2023 | President

Tiny Kox, re-elected today for a second one-year term as President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), thanked members for their ongoing support this year, which – he said – “may be as challenging as last year”. In a speech following his re-election, he underlined that last...

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The Assembly elects its Vice-Presidents

23/01/2023 | Session

At the opening of its winter plenary Session today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected its Vice-Presidents: Sibel Arslan (Switzerland)Bertrand Bouyx (France)Edite Estrela (Portugal)John Howell (United Kingdom)Darko Kaevski (North Macedonia)Olena Khomenko (Ukraine...

PACE Secretary General at the inauguration of the exhibition "The Red Dress"

The 'Red Dress', an artistic platform for women around the world to tell their personal stories through...

23/01/2023 | Session

PACE President Tiny Kox, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Beatrice Fresko-Rolfo (Monaco, ALDE), Vice-President of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, today inaugurated the exhibition ‘The Red Dress’, organised during the parliamentary session...

George Katrougalos (Greece, UEL)
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PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since the last session

23/01/2023 | Session

The PACE contribution to the 4th Council of Europe Summit; the lists of candidates for the posts of judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Denmark and Iceland; the activities of the Standing Committee in Reykjavik (25 November 2022); and elections observations, were among the...

Debate: Addressing the issue of foreign Daech fighters and their families returning from Syria and elsewhere in Council of Europe member states - Presentation by Pieter OMTZIGT, Netherlands, EPP/CD, rapporteur, AS/Jur

Daesh foreign fighters who have committed serious crimes should face an international tribunal, says PACE

23/01/2023 | Session

The “best solution” for Daesh foreign fighters who have perpetrated acts of genocide and other serious crimes under international law would be to prosecute them before an international tribunal, PACE has said, given the international nature of the crimes committed, and that Daesh fighters come...