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Women at the forefront in war and peace

22/06/2022 | Session

PACE has set out ways women can be better protected in conflict situations, more involved in peace negotiations, and better represented in rebuilding and healing in post-conflict situations. Approving a resolution based on a report by Yevheniia Kravchuk (Ukraine, ALDE), the Assembly said women...

PACE holds a high-level panel on ‘Upholding democratic security in Europe’

21/06/2022 | Session

Opening a high-level panel on “Upholding democratic security in Europe”, PACE President Tiny Kox underlined that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is not only a direct and real threat to peace and stability on the continent but has also severely damaged the mechanisms of multilateral co...

In the new security context, Council of Europe states should renew their commitment to democracy, human...

21/06/2022 | Session

In a new security context fraught with risks, where Russian aggression against Ukraine has done “grievous harm” to the international order, Council of Europe member States should “renew their commitment to the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law”, PACE has said. Approving a...

Widespread fear and impunity characterise the ‘dismal human rights situation’ in the North Caucasus

21/06/2022 | Session

The Assembly has deplored the "dismal human rights situation” in the North Caucasus, where widespread fear and impunity of agents of the regional and federal authorities for serious human rights violations continue to prevail. None of the recommendations contained in the Assembly's latest...

PACE calls on the Russian Federation to release political prisoners

21/06/2022 | Session

PACE today expressed its deep concern about the large and growing number of political prisoners in the Russian Federation and the systematic repression by the current authorities against all opponents, condemning the introduction of several restrictive laws. The resolution, unanimously adopted on...

Summer session highlights: addresses by the President of the Hellenic Republic and the King of the Netherlands

20/06/2022 | Session

Addresses by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, and by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands are among highlights of the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which takes place in Strasbourg from 20-24 June 2022. There will...

PACE elects two new Vice-Presidents

20/06/2022 | Session

The Assembly today elected, at the opening of its Summer 2022 Session, two new Vice-Presidents: Naomi Cachia (Malta, SOC) and Edite Estrela (Portugal, SOC). Twenty Vice-Presidents are elected annually at the beginning of an ordinary session and remain in office until the opening of the next...

PACE President urges members not to get used to the war in Ukraine

20/06/2022 | President

In his opening speech of the PACE summer session, President Tiny Kox invited members to hold a minute of silence for all the victims of the war in Ukraine, urging them to help end the suffering of the Ukrainian people and to continue showing solidarity. “This horrible war should never become a...

PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since the last session

20/06/2022 | Session

The activities of the Standing Committee in Dublin; the list of candidates for the post of judge at the European Court of Human Rights submitted by Iceland; the lists of candidates to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in respect of several countries; the Assembly...

Parties urged to sign the Charter of European Political Parties for a non-racist and inclusive society

20/06/2022 | Session

At a time when racism and intolerance are rife in Europe, political parties are best placed to combat racism, intolerance and hate speech, the Assembly said today. The parliamentarians consider that the Charter of European Political Parties for a Non-Racist Society, opened for signature in 1998...

Luigi Di Maio: ‘Investing in peace and democracy has never been more important than today’

28/04/2022 | Session

“The exclusion of the Russian Federation from the Council of Europe was made inevitable by the atrocity of the crimes committed in Ukraine,” said Luigi Di Maio, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe...

PACE calls for the setting up of an ad hoc international criminal tribunal to hold to account perpetrators...

28/04/2022 | Session

“Appalled by the ongoing war of aggression waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine”, and “horrified by reports of atrocities against civilians allegedly committed by Russian troops”, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called on all member and observer States of...