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Number of cases of violence against women increasing, warns PACE

30/11/2012 | Standing Committee

“Statistics indicate an increase in the number of cases of violence against women and domestic violence,” the members of the PACE Standing Committee warned at a meeting in Andorra today. In a unanimously-adopted declaration, they called on member States to continue allocating adequate funding to shelters and assistance programmes for victims of violence...

Refocusing the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly on human rights

30/11/2012 | Standing Committee

"Since taking up my duties in January 2012, I have been striving to refocus our Organisation, and the Parliamentary Assembly in particular, on its core business of upholding human rights. I am delighted that, when taking over the chairmanship, Andorra has also chosen to concentrate on the Council of Europe's original mission, to safeguard and develop human rights and fundamental freedoms," said PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon as he opened today's Standing Committee meeting in Andorra.

Children should be separated from their parents ‘in very exceptional cases only’, say parliamentarians

30/11/2012 | Standing Committee

Children ought to be separated from their parents only in very exceptional circumstances, PACE has said, expressing concern at the functioning of family courts in some Council of Europe member States.

Intercountry adoption: reinforcing legislation to ensure that the child’s best interests are upheld

30/11/2012 | Standing Committee

In a resolution adopted today by the PACE Standing Committee meeting in Andorra, the Assembly called on member states to reinforce their policies on intercountry adoption in order to pursue this practice under secure conditions while respecting the best interests of the child.

Intercountry adoption, ensuring that the best interests of the child are upheld

22/11/2012 | Standing Committee

Ensuring that the best interests of the child are upheld in the context of intercountry adoption will be one of the central themes of the meeting of the PACE Standing Committee to be held in Andorra la Vella on Friday 30 November 2012, on the occasion of the transfer of the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers to Andorra.

Measures to protect Jewish cemeteries

25/05/2012 | Standing Committee

There are numerous Jewish cemeteries in Europe and they need to be protected and preserved. They are part of the European cultural heritage and constitute an important element of the Jewish religion, PACE's Standing Committee said today at its meeting in Tirana. Considering that these cemeteries are probably more at risk than those of other confessions represented in Europe, the adopted text, based on the proposals by the rapporteur (Piet De Bruyn, Belgium, NI), calls on governments, members of Jewish communities and heritage organisations to develop appropriate forms of co-operation to ensure their protection.

PACE seeks to preserve culturally significant films and recordings

25/05/2012 | Standing Committee

Europe’s governments should set up digital film libraries and other archives of audiovisual material for education and research purposes, and clarify copyright issues for making it available on the internet, according to PACE’s Standing Committee. Approving a report by Doris Fiala (Switzerland, ALDE), the committee said that old films and recordings were “vanishing due to their material fragility”.

PACE Standing Committee meets in Tirana to discuss Albania’s priorities for the Council of Europe

16/05/2012 | Standing Committee

The priorities of Albania during its forthcoming Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers will be discussed at a meeting of PACE's Standing Committee in Tirana on Friday 25 May 2012. Albanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Edmond Haxhinasto will hold an exchange of views with the committee, which brings together around 60 parliamentarians from the Council of Europe’s 47 member states.

Ukraine: PACE statement on the deteriorating situation of imprisoned politicians

09/03/2012 | Standing Committee

PACE Standing Committee, meeting today in Paris, made the following statement on the deteriorating situation of imprisoned politicians in Ukraine: “PACE notes with concern, some six weeks after Resolution 1862 (2012) on the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine, the absence of any tangible signs of its demands being met with regard to the criminal prosecutions initiated under Articles 364 and 365 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine against a number of former Government members..."

PACE statement on the situation in Syria

09/03/2012 | Standing Committee

PACE Standing Committee, meeting in Paris today, made the following statement on the situation in Syria: “The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is appalled by the deterioration of the situation in Syria, where more than 8,000 persons have been killed in the last 11 months as a direct result of actions by the Syrian autocratic leadership against a pro-democracy uprising..."

PACE calls on the EU Eastern Partnership to duly acknowledge the CoE’s standard-setting role

09/03/2012 | Standing Committee

PACE's Standing Committee today called on all the stakeholders of the EU Eastern Partnership to make the Council of Europe’s standard-setting, advisory and monitoring role – including the findings of the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms and the PACE monitoring procedure – and its contribution to this process, more visible and duly acknowledge them.

Call for an additional protocol to the Convention on Human Rights on national minorities

09/03/2012 | Standing Committee

Considering the precarious situation of numerous national minority groups in Europe, the Assembly today said it is time to reconsider its previous proposals concerning the adoption of an additional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights, which could reinforce the standing of national minorities, both as individuals and/or as groups, before the European Court and provide them with substantive and justiciable rights.