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PACE urges the Russian Federation to investigate persecution of LGBTI people in Chechnya

27/06/2018 | Session

PACE has urged the Russian Federation to conduct an impartial and effective investigation into the persecution of LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic, following the information published in 2017 by the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

Aid for Syrian refugees living in neighbouring countries ‘indispensable’

26/06/2018 | Session

PACE has said that greater financial support from the international community for refugees in the countries neighbouring Syria is “indispensable”, while calling on these countries to maintain an “open-door” policy.

'Member States must fully implement Council of Europe standards'

26/06/2018 | Session

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, addressing PACE in the framework of Croatia’s Chairmanship, underlined that all member States must unequivocally implement the Council’s shared standards.

PACE elects Gilberto Felici judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of San Marino

26/06/2018 | Session

The Assembly today elected Gilberto Felici as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of San Marino. Mr Felici is elected judge of the Court for a term of office of nine years.

Call on member States to protect human rights defenders

26/06/2018 | Session

The Assembly called on member States to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of human rights defenders, including their rights to a fair trial and their freedoms of expression and assembly and association.

Free debate on current issues

26/06/2018 | Session

Some 35 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe spoke today in the so-called “free debate”, which allows parliamentarians to speak on current issues not already included on the session agenda.

Secretary General’s dialogue with Assembly members

26/06/2018 | Session

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland replied to questions from members of the Parliamentary Assembly in a question and answer session during the Parliamentary Assembly’s Summer part-session.

PACE to hold two urgent debates

25/06/2018 | Session

The Assembly will hold debates on “Threats to the health and life of Ukrainian prisoners in the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea” and on “International obligations of Council of Europe member States: to protect life at sea”.

Liliane Maury Pasquier elected PACE President

25/06/2018 | Session

Liliane Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC) has been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Succeeding Michele Nicoletti, she becomes PACE’s 32nd President.

PACE elects a new Vice-President in respect of Italy

25/06/2018 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly today elected, at the opening of its Summer 2018 Session, Michele Nicoletti as a new Vice-President of the Assembly in respect of Italy. Twenty Vice-Presidents are elected annually.

PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since last session

25/06/2018 | Session

PACE Standing Committee meeting in Zagreb and the observation of the early presidential election in Azerbaijan (11 April 2018) were major themes during the debate on the progress report of the Bureau.

Croatian Chairmanship plans put focus on fighting corruption

25/06/2018 | Session

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić spelled out the priorities of Croatia for its six-month spell chairing the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in a speech today.