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PACE elects Erik Wennerström judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Sweden

22/01/2019 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly today elected Erik Wennerström as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Sweden. His nine years term of office shall commence no later than three months after his election.

Targeted sanctions for perpetrators of serious human rights violations

22/01/2019 | Session

Adopting a resolution based on a report by Lord Donald Anderson, the Assembly reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against impunity of perpetrators of serious human rights violations and against corruption as a threat to the rule of law.

PACE stresses the need to protect human rights, regardless of religious practices

22/01/2019 | Session

The Assembly expressed concern about the fact that Sharia law, including provisions which are in clear contradiction with the Convention on Human Rights, were applied either officially or unofficially in several member States.

Opening of the 2019 Winter Session

21/01/2019 | Session

The Assembly decided to hold urgent debates on the escalation of tensions around the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait and threats to European security and on the worsening situation of opposition politicians in Turkey.

PACE elects its Vice-Presidents

21/01/2019 | Session

At the opening of its Winter plenary Session, the Parliamentary Assembly elected its Vice-Presidents. Vice-Presidents are elected annually at the beginning of an ordinary session and remain in office until the opening of the next session.

Re-elected, the President reiterates the statutory responsibility of all Council of Europe actors

21/01/2019 | Session

For the PACE President, speaking 70 years after the Council of Europe was set up, promoting peace and reconciliation, which has been crucial to the success of “the largest pan-European organisation”, remains central to her mission.

Proportionally, more women in PACE’s national delegations than in national parliaments

21/01/2019 | Session

PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier warmly welcomed the fact that “the proportion of women in many national delegations of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly is higher than in national parliaments”.

PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since last session

21/01/2019 | Session

Gender equality at the Assembly, changes to the rules on electing judges of the Strasbourg Court, PACE members’ declarations of interest, and election observations were among the topics covered in the progress report.

Free debate on current issues

21/01/2019 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held this afternoon a free debate on current issues not included in the session agenda. Twenty parliamentarians took the floor.

Winter Session: Finnish President to address the Assembly

14/01/2019 | Session

On the occasion of the Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg (21-25 January 2019), the President of Finland will deliver a speech.

Criminal proceedings: minimum standards for trial waiver systems

12/10/2018 | Session

the Assembly has considered it essential that appropriate safeguards are needed in order to ensure that member States enjoy the potential benefits that trial waiver systems may offer, whilst minimising the threat to human rights.

Smolensk crash: Russia should hand over the aircraft wreckage to Polish authorities ‘without further delay’

12/10/2018 | Session

PACE has called on Russia to “hand over the wreckage of the Polish Air Force Tu-154 to the competent Polish authorities without further delay”, in a manner that “avoids any further deterioration” of potential evidence.