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PACE monitors for Serbia welcome the launch of a constitutional revision process

14/06/2021 | Monitoring

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Serbia Ian Liddell-Grainger (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Piero Fassino (Italy, SOC) have welcomed the decision of the Serbian parliament, at the initiative of the Serbian government, to amend the constitution with a view to de-politicising the judiciary. “On 7...

PACE Georgia monitors welcome political agreement and call on all political forces to put national interest...

08/06/2021 | Monitoring

Following a visit to Tbilisi from 1 to 3 June 2021, the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlăţean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have welcomed the political agreement mediated by European Council...

PACE co-rapporteurs commend the genuine progress by the Montenegrin authorities on the law on the State...

07/06/2021 | Monitoring

Emanuelis Zingeris (Lithuania, EPP/DC) and Damien Cottier (Switzerland, ALDE), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Montenegro, issued the following statement today: “On 27 May, the Parliament of Montenegro adopted the amendments to...

Republic of Moldova: the co-rapporteurs call on political actors to show restraint, awaiting early...

19/05/2021 | Monitoring

In an information note on political developments in the Republic of Moldova between the November 2020 presidential election and the dissolution of parliament in April 2021, Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC) and Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (Latvia, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of this...

Statement by the Monitoring Committee on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

22/04/2021 | Monitoring

"The military hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the developments since the trilateral statement of 9-10 November 2020 are of great importance to the Council of Europe and have been closely followed by the Monitoring Committee. In co-ordination with other relevant committees, it has...

PACE Poland monitors: the independence of the Polish Human Rights Defender institution must be ensured

20/04/2021 | Monitoring

The PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Poland, Azadeh Rojhan Gustafsson (Sweden, SOC) and Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), have expressed their deep concern at the implications of the Polish Constitutional Court ruling that effectively removes the current Human Rights Defender from...

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...

PACE monitors extremely concerned by developments in Armenia

26/02/2021 | Monitoring

“We are extremely concerned by recent developments in Armenia,” said PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Armenia, Boriana Åberg (Sweden, EPP/CD) and Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland, SOC). “In particular, we found the statement issued yesterday by the office of the General Staff of the Armed...

Georgia monitors react to Tbilisi raid and arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia

24/02/2021 | Monitoring

The PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have expressed their concern at developments in Tbilisi. “While no-one should be above the law, the police raid on the UNM Headquarters and the arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia...

PACE monitors welcome return of Turkish opposition MP to parliament

12/02/2021 | Monitoring

The PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey, Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA), have welcomed yesterday’s return to parliament of MP Enis Berberoğlu, a member of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). “The protection of parliamentary...

Georgia monitors express deep concern at illegal sentencing of Georgian citizen

09/02/2021 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have today expressed their deep concern at the illegal sentencing of Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze to twelve years imprisonment by a so-called court in...

Russia monitors urge the authorities to withdraw the designation of the Council of Europe Schools of...

06/01/2021 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Russia, Axel Schäfer (Germany, SOC) and Ria Oomen-Ruijten (Netherlands, EPP/CD), have deplored the Russian Prosecutor General’s decision to place the Association of Schools of Political Studies...