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PACE condemns “grave human rights violations” committed against Crimean Tatars

23/06/2021 | Session

Reaffirming the non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea, the Assembly condemned the “grave violations of human rights” that have been committed against Crimean Tatars, including killings and enforced disappearances, “which moreover have not since been subject to an effective investigation...

A ‘right to know’ to combat disinformation and manipulation

22/06/2021 | Session

The Assembly urged European governments to create a broad “right to know” – consisting of maximum transparency in public life, a vibrant and diverse media, and a rich educational and cultural environment – in order to encourage democratic participation and combat “post-truth” disinformation and...

PACE clarifies legal and human rights pre-conditions for the use of Covid passes

22/06/2021 | Session

PACE has clarified the pre-conditions necessary for the use of Covid passes, declaring their use “fraught with legal and human rights complications”. The use of such passes, which would partially lift Covid restrictions for holders, “above all depends on a high degree of certainty about medical...

PACE elects Davor Derenčinović judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Croatia

22/06/2021 | Session

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today elected Davor Derenčinović as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Croatia. Mr Derenčinović, having obtained an absolute majority of votes cast, is elected judge of the European Court of Human Rights for a term of...

Helping the children of ‘Generation Covid’ to overcome the devastating impact of the pandemic

22/06/2021 | Session

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children has been devastating, according to PACE, and “Generation Covid” – as they are sometimes referred to – will face the consequences for many years to come, unless European governments take adequate measures. Unanimously approving a report today by...

Overcoming the socio-economic crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic

22/06/2021 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly today expressed its deep concern about the situation of the vulnerable population affected by the socio-economic crisis sparked by the pandemic. “The recession caused by the Covid-19 has resulted in deep shortfalls in resources for enterprises, workers and States, as...

PACE elects two new Vice-Presidents

21/06/2021 | Session

The Assembly today elected, at the opening of its Summer 2021 Session, two new Vice-Presidents: Marta Grande (Italy, NR) and Ria Oomen Ruijten, (Netherlands, EPP/CD). Twenty Vice-Presidents are elected annually at the beginning of an ordinary session and remain in office until the opening of the...

PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since the last session

21/06/2021 | Session

The list of candidates for the post of judge at the European Court of Human Rights submitted by Croatia; the lists of candidates to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in respect of several countries; the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament 2021; the 2021 World...

Politicians need a particularly high level of protection of freedom of speech, but such freedom is not...

21/06/2021 | Session

“Politicians need a particularly high level of protection of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, both in parliament and when speaking to their constituents, but that freedom of speech is not unlimited and should be enforced while ensuring full respect of rule of law,” today said the...

Péter Szijjártó reviews the priorities of the Hungarian Presidency

21/06/2021 | Session

“Guarantees should be given to national minorities to enable them to preserve their identity, culture, religion and language in public administration, education and in the media,” said Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the...

Urgent debates on the arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny and on the functioning of democratic...

22/04/2021 | Session

During its Spring Session 2021, which took place in a hybrid format, the Assembly held urgent debates on "The arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny in January 2021" and on "The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey", as well as current affairs debates on "Covid passports or...

PACE invites Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to ‘use all tools at its disposal’ to free Alexei...

22/04/2021 | Session

PACE has invited the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to “use all the tools at its disposal”, including under Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights, to ensure full and prompt execution of the Strasbourg Court’s ruling in the case of Navalnyye v. Russia, and in particular...