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PACE reviews progress of states under monitoring in 2018

24/01/2019 | Session

Adopting a resolution on the basis of a report by Sir Roger Gale which take stock of the monitoring activities in 2018, the Assembly welcomed progress made or expressed concern, as well as making specific recommendations.

The situation of opposition politicians in Turkey is worsening, says PACE

24/01/2019 | Session

Following an urgent debate, PACE noted 'the worsening of the situation of opposition politicians in Turkey' and called on the Turkish authorities to respect fully their rights and freedoms of expression, association and assembly.

Thorbjørn Jagland: Russian people would suffer most if Russia leaves the Council of Europe

23/01/2019 | Session

The Council of Europe Secretary General urged the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers to sit down and work concretely on clarifying the rules and the distribution of power between the two organs.

“Holocaust remembrance must continue to guide our efforts”

23/01/2019 | Session

“Holocaust remembrance must continue to guide our efforts, particularly as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, whose mission is still relevant today," said the PACE President.

‘Peace is the most important contribution we can make to human rights’, says Sauli Niinistö

23/01/2019 | Session

“At the end of the day, peace is the most important contribution we can make to human rights. Everything else comes after that,” said the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, addressing the Assembly today.

Consolidating media freedom as a pillar of democratic elections

23/01/2019 | Session

“Media freedom is an essential condition for democratic elections; the media must be free to inform the public without political or economic pressure,” the Parliamentary Assembly said today.

Public service media can counteract information disorder

23/01/2019 | Session

In the new media environment, where the dissemination of disinformation, propaganda or hate speech is growing, public service media are well placed to counteract the phenomenon of information disorder, the Assembly said today.

Internet governance: call for a ‘shared vision of a digital society’ based on human rights

23/01/2019 | Session

The Assembly has called for “a shared vision of a digital society” based on democracy, the rule of law and human rights, advocating internet governance that is multi-stakeholder, decentralised, transparent and responsible.

For employment policies that include people with disabilities and avoid discrimination

23/01/2019 | Session

Following a joint debate, the Assembly proposed a set of measures to combat discrimination in access to employment and promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the labour market.

Timo Soini: “a multilateral co-operation to prevent instability and conflict”

22/01/2019 | Session

“We need effective rules-based multilateral co-operation to prevent instability and conflicts, and the Council of Europe is an important forum in this context,” said Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Call for stronger rules on conducting referendums

22/01/2019 | Session

PACE has called for stronger guidelines on conducting referendums – including that any question put should be “as clear as possible” and voters should have access to “balanced and quality information”.

PACE elects Raffaele Sabato judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Italy

22/01/2019 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly today elected Raffaele Sabato as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Italy. Mr Sabato is elected for a term of office of nine years which shall commence as from 5 May 2019.