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Stripping Turkish MP’s mandate is another blow to parliamentary democracy, say PACE monitors

18/03/2021 | Monitoring

“The stripping of Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu’s mandate from the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is another and repeated blow which undermines parliamentary rights and immunity in Turkey,” according to the PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of the country, Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden...

Multilateralism is imperative to tackle challenges at national and international level

17/03/2021 | President

The need to find common ground and advance co-operation based on shared values and agreed equal standards was the focus of meetings yesterday in Moscow between Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and...

Committee calls for urgent repatriation of children from conflict zones

16/03/2021 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

More than a year after the adoption of Resolution 2321 (2020) and Recommendation 2169 (2020) on “International obligations concerning the repatriation of children from war and conflict zones”, the Social Affairs Committee is deeply concerned about the plight of children in Syria whose parents...

Developing ‘climate resilience’ in the face of global warming through the rule of law

16/03/2021 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Council of Europe must help develop “climate resilience” to deal with global warming by promoting the rule of law – meaning the supremacy of law, equality before the law, accountability to the law, separation of powers, participation in decision making, and transparency, according to the...

‘Would you call this home?’ – hearing on the deinstitutionalisation of people with disabilities

16/03/2021 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

High-level officials from the United Nations, European Union, World Health Organisation and Council of Europe came together for a parliamentary hearing on the deinstitutionalisation of people with disabilities, focusing also on the emerging consensus on how to end coercion in mental health, and...

Committee recommends more coordination of humanitarian action for refugees in countries in North Africa and...

15/03/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Migration Committee today expressed its deep concern about the extremely serious humanitarian situation of refugees and migrants in many countries in North Africa and the Middle East, a transit region towards Europe for these people, many of whom risk their lives on the Mediterranean Sea. In...

Council of Europe states encouraged to engage with diasporas

15/03/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

A PACE committee has called for the elaboration of a European policy on diasporas, and has suggested the Council of Europe should take the lead in this work. In a resolution and recommendation based on a report by Paulo Pisco (Portugal, SOC), PACE’s Migration Committee spelled out a series of...

A ‘window of opportunity’ for determined action to stamp out Afrophobia or anti-Black racism

15/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Racism, including Afrophobia or anti-Black racism, is still “rife in Europe”, according to PACE’s Equality Committee, but recent increased public awareness of the problem has created a “window of opportunity” for determined action to eradicate it. Unanimously approving a report by Momodou Malcolm...

Public hearing on the deinstitutionalisation of people with disabilities

15/03/2021 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A PACE public hearing on the deinstitutionalisation of persons with disabilities is to be streamed live at 2 p.m. CET on Tuesday 16 March. Organised by the Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, the hearing will bring together a series of high-level officials...

Enhancing participation of women from under-represented groups in political and public decision-making

15/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Although significant progress has been made with regard to the participation of women in political and public decision-making in Europe, such progress is too slow and uneven. In addition, there is still a lack of participation and representation in political and public decision-making of women...

All member States should play by the same rules, based on equal standards

15/03/2021 | President

On the first day of his working visit to the Russian Federation, the President of the Assembly met with Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the State Duma, and Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Federation Council. Discussions focused on the 25th anniversary of the Russian Federation’s membership of...

Statement by the PACE pre-electoral delegation ahead of the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria

12/03/2021 | Election observation

A pre-electoral delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) visited Sofia to assess the election campaign and the state of preparations for the parliamentary elections to be held on 4 April 2021. The PACE pre-electoral delegation recalls that the Assembly has...