13/05/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights
PACE monitors for Turkey Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA), as well as the General rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), have reacted to the decision of the Grand Chamber of...
11/05/2020 | Monitoring
PACE’s co-rapporteurs on the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland, Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) and Azadeh Rojhan Gustafsson (Sweden, SOC), have taken note of the de facto last-minute cancellation of the Presidential election in Poland, due to take place on 10 May 2020. While...
24/04/2020 | Monitoring
The co-rapporteurs on the monitoring of Azerbaijan by PACE, Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) and Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC/DA), have welcomed the Azerbaijan Supreme Court's decision to terminate on acquittal grounds the charges against Ilgar Mammadov, leader of the opposition REAL Party...
08/04/2020 | Monitoring
Pieter Omtzigt and Azadeh Rojhan Gustafsson have expressed their concern at the possibility that the May 2020 Presidential election in Poland will be organised by postal vote during a full lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as proposed in a draft law adopted by the Polish Sejm.
03/04/2020 | Monitoring
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and an expected sanitary crisis in Turkish detention centres, co-rapporteurs Thomas Hammarberg and John Howell have urged the Turkish authorities to ensure that any early or conditional release of prisoners is non-discriminatory and does not exclude prisoners detained on political grounds.
30/03/2020 | Monitoring
The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean and Claude Kern, have made the following statement regarding the so-called ‘repeat presidential elections’ in the Georgian region of Abkhazia:
26/03/2020 | Monitoring
The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Albania, Joe O’Reilly and Petter Eide, and the co-rapporteur for post-monitoring dialogue with North Macedonia, Lise Christoffersen, welcome the decision by the Council of the EU to open membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.
26/03/2020 | Monitoring
The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Ukraine, Dzhema Grozdanova and Alfred Heer, have expressed their serious concern at restrictions on the freedom of movement of OSCE monitors by illegally-armed formations in the Donbass region.
25/03/2020 | Monitoring
Sunna Ævarsdottir, Sir Roger Gale and Stefan Schennach responded to reports that President Ilham Aliyev, in his speech to mark the Nowruz holiday, had proposed the “isolation” of the country’s political opposition as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.
18/03/2020 | Monitoring
The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Azerbaijan by the PACE, Stefan Schennach and Sir Roger Gale, have welcomed the release of Mr Afgan Mukhtarli.
17/03/2020 | Monitoring
“The political agreement between ruling majority and opposition on the 2020 parliamentary elections in Georgia, offers a window of opportunity for Georgia’s democratic consolidation,” said the co-rapporteurs.
10/03/2020 | Monitoring
The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlăţean and Claude Kern, have welcomed the agreement between the Georgian ruling majority and opposition on the election system to be used for the 2020 parliamentary elections.