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Rapporteurs welcome presidential pardon of prisoners in Azerbaijan, call for release of all political...

19/03/2019 | Monitoring

Sunna Aevarsdóttir, Sir Roger Gale and Stefan Schennach welcomed the release, following the Navruz presidential pardon, of more than 400 sentenced prisoners in Azerbaijan, including over 50 persons considered to be political prisoners.

PACE monitors to visit Armenia

08/03/2019 | Monitoring

Yuliya Lovochkina and Andrej Šircelj, PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Armenia, will make a fact-finding visit to Yerevan from 12 to 14 March.

Azerbaijan monitors welcome the release of Mehman Huseynov

06/03/2019 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Azerbaijan by the PACE, Sir Roger Gale and Stefan Schennach, have welcomed the release of Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Mehman Huseynov.

PACE monitors express concern at resignations of Albanian MPs

26/02/2019 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Albania by the PACE, Andrej Hunko and Joseph O’Reilly, have expressed concern at the resignation of opposition MPs from their parliamentary mandates.

Russia monitors express concern at sentencing of Jehovah’s Witness for ‘extremism’

07/02/2019 | Monitoring

Telmo Correia and Angela Smith have expressed concern at the conviction and sentencing to six years imprisonment of Dennis Christensen for “organising the activity of an extremist organisation” on the grounds that he is a Jehovah’s Witness.

Ukraine monitors pinpoint changes needed following Kyiv fact-finding visit

05/02/2019 | Monitoring

Ongoing developments in combating corruption, as well as the political situation in the country ahead of Presidential and parliamentary elections, were the main focus of a recent visit by PACE monitors.

Monitors welcome Leyla Güven’s release, urge her to end hunger strike

28/01/2019 | Monitoring

PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey, Marianne Mikko and Nigel Evans have welcomed the decision of the High Penal Court of Diyarbakir to release Leyla Güven from prison.

Co-rapporteurs welcome the dropping of new criminal proceedings against Mehman Huseynov

22/01/2019 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Azerbaijan, Sir Roger Gale and Stefan Schennach, have expressed their approval at the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office to terminate a new criminal case against Mehman Huseynov.

Azerbaijan: co-rapporteurs call upon authorities to review Mehman Huseynov’s case

04/01/2019 | Monitoring

Sir Roger Gale and Stefan Schennach expressed their deep concern at the new charges brought against an anti-corruption Azerbaijani blogger and Chairman of the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety.

PACE monitors express concern at conviction in Turkey of honorary PACE member

20/12/2018 | Monitoring

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Turkey Marianne Mikko and Nigel Evans have expressed their deep concern at the conviction of honorary PACE member Ertuğrul Kürkçü to two years in prison.

Albania: co-rapporteurs call on ruling majority and opposition to cooperate, evaluate judicial reform

18/12/2018 | Monitoring

Stressing that the political environment in Albania remained 'polarised, contentious and acrimonious', Andrej Hunko and Joseph O'Reilly urged the ruling majority to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the opposition on key reforms.

Monitors welcome stronger parliamentary oversight in Georgia, but concerned at ‘tense and polarised’ climate

14/12/2018 | Monitoring

Kerstin Lundgren and Titus Corlăţean assess Georgia's progress on fulfilling its Council of Europe obligations and commitments in an information note made public following a recent visit to Tbilisi.