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‘Selahattin Demirtaş must be released now’: rapporteurs urge the Turkish authorities to implement the Court...

23/12/2020 | Monitoring

“Selahattin Demirtaş must be freed from prison - and free to exercise his political rights in a democratic society again without further delay”, said the PACE rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA), and Boriss Cilevičs...

Rapporteurs urge Turkish parliament not to adopt new restrictions on NGOs

21/12/2020 | Monitoring

PACE monitors for Turkey Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), PACE rapporteur on Restrictions on NGO activities in Council of Europe member States, expressed their deep concern about possible new restrictions which could be...

Committee reviews progress of States under monitoring in 2020

11/12/2020 | Monitoring

The Monitoring Committee has adopted today an annual report taking stock of its monitoring activities in 2020 and making a series of assessments of the progress of the countries subject to its monitoring procedure or engaged in post-monitoring dialogue. There are eleven countries subject to the...

Georgia: PACE monitors call on all political parties to take up their seats in parliament

23/11/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), today called on all political parties to accept the parliamentary seats they won in the recent elections and to enter into the...

New procedure for selecting which Council of Europe states should face 'periodic review'

13/11/2020 | Monitoring

PACE's Monitoring Committee has decided that it will select the order of countries for "periodic review" on substantive grounds based on findings by the Assembly and other Council of Europe monitoring bodies, as well as "questions raised by members of the committee, international and national...

PACE monitors concerned about outbreak of violence during protest in Yerevan

10/11/2020 | Monitoring

“We are deeply concerned by the outbreak of violence during the protest in Yerevan, including attacks on the Parliament and Government buildings and the physical aggression against the President of the National Assembly that left him hospitalised,” said Boriana Åberg (Sweden, EPP/DC) and Kimmo...

Ukraine: monitor expresses deep concern over recent Constitutional Court decision on anti-corruption laws

04/11/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Ukraine, Alfred Heer (Switzerland, ALDE), has today expressed serious concern about the consequences of the recent decision of the Ukrainian Constitutional Court regarding anti-corruption...

Turkey: Monitoring Committee strongly condemns new crackdowns on political opposition and civil dissent

16/10/2020 | Monitoring

PACE’s Monitoring Committee has strongly condemned new crackdowns on political opposition and civil dissent in recent months in Turkey and urged the Turkish authorities to “take meaningful steps” to improve standards in the field of democracy, rule of law and human rights. Unanimously approving a...

Crucial issues still need addressing over the appointment of Supreme Court judges in Georgia

09/10/2020 | Monitoring

Following yesterday’s adoption by the Venice Commission of its opinion on the amendments to the Georgian law on the Common Court with regard to the appointment of Supreme Court judges, the Parliamentary Assembly’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and...

Armenia and Azerbaijan: Monitoring Committee calls for an immediate ceasefire without preconditions

06/10/2020 | Monitoring

“I am sad and angry about the tragic loss of lives, both civilian and military, caused by the new outbreak of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan. These hostilities are escalating rapidly into an all-out war which seriously threatens the stability of the region”, said the Chair of PACE’s...

PACE Turkey monitors call for the immediate release of arrested opposition members

01/10/2020 | Monitoring

“We are greatly concerned by the detention warrants issued against 101 members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on 25 September and 1st October 2020, notably for their alleged responsibility in the 2014 ‘Kobane protests’” said PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey Thomas...

Monitors urge Armenia and Azerbaijan to immediately de-escalate the situation and return to the negotiating...

28/09/2020 | Monitoring

 “We are extremely concerned by the outbreak of military hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan and its escalation, which put regional stability at risk. We deeply regret the losses of civilian and military lives reported by both parties,” said the PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Armenia...