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Involvement of men – a crucial factor for change to combat violence against women

23/11/2007 | Standing Committee

Meeting today in Bratislava, PACE Standing Committee adopted the following statement: "Involvement of men – a crucial factor for change to combat violence against women" presented by Ms Gülsün Bilgehan, Chairperson of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men. Violence against women, including domestic violence, is a serious violation of human rights affecting all social milieus and every European country.

Bratislava: PACE Standing Committee meeting and official visit by PACE President

19/11/2007 | Standing Committee

PACE Standing Committee will meet in Bratislava on Friday 23 November 2007, to discuss Slovakia’s priorities for its coming Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s executive body, the Committee of Ministers. Following the opening of the meeting by PACE President René van der Linden, and a welcoming address by the Speaker of the Slovak National Council Pavol Paška, the committee is due to hold an exchange of views with Slovak Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš, who will chair the Committee of Ministers for the next six months.

Serbia’s new leaders’ addresses to PACE parliamentarians ‘a sign of European orientation’

24/05/2007 | Standing Committee

That both the new Parliamentary Speaker of Serbia Oliver Dulic and the Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic chose the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly’s Standing Committee for their first public, international addresses was “highly symbolic”, said PACE President René van der Linden, speaking at the end of the meeting. “This is a sign of the new government’s commitment to European values,” he said. “Serbia has turned a page and is ready to a new stage in its history, one with a European perspective. In the words of the slogan for the Chairmanship, ‘one Europe, our Europe’".

Standing Committee in Belgrade

21/05/2007 | Standing Committee

On the occasion of Serbia’s six-month chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s executive body, the Committee of Ministers, the President of the Council’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), René van der Linden, will make an official visit to the country on 23 May, followed by a meeting of the PACE Standing Committee on 24 May.

PACE due to debate ways to press for a global ban on the death penalty

16/03/2007 | Standing Committee

PACE is due to hold a debate at its June 2007 session on the promotion by Council of Europe member states of an international moratorium on the death penalty, the Assembly's Bureau proposed today at a meeting in Paris. A report on this subject, to be prepared by the Assembly’s Legal Affairs Committee, will aim to explore ways to support an Italian initiative at the UN General Assembly aimed at re-launching the consideration of a global moratorium, and in the future a global ban, on capital punishment.

OSCE PA President calls for strong international organisations to defend common values

16/03/2007 | Standing Committee

Göran Lennmarker, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, today called for strong international organisations to ensure respect for common values. Addressing PACE’s Standing Committee in Paris, he said: “Europe today is now more democratic, peaceful and prosperous than ever before, and we have come a long way. Yet there are many challenges ahead, and in order to tackle them all we need, today more than ever, strong international organisations to ensure respect for common values.”

PACE Standing Committee to discuss international moratorium on the death penalty

14/03/2007 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee of PACE will meet in Paris on Friday 16 March. A current affairs debate on the promotion by Council of Europe member states of an international moratorium on the death penalty and a debate on the United States of America and international law are among the highlights of the agenda.

PACE Standing Committee calls for better treatment of non-citizens in Latvia

17/11/2006 | Standing Committee

PACE Standing Committee meeting today in San Marino, called for non-citizens in Latvia to be granted at least the same rights as other EU nationals living in the country. In a resolution, the parliamentarians called for automatic naturalisation of non-citizens who are elderly or born in the country, as well as those who have made “a worthwhile contribution to the establishment of the newly independent Latvian state”. More flexible naturalisation procedures should be considered, and those applying should not be asked to express convictions that are “contrary to their reading of the history of their cultural community or nation”.

René van der Linden meets Russian President as PACE holds Moscow meeting

24/05/2006 | Standing Committee

On the occasion of Russia’s chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, PACE President René van der Linden is due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Their talks are expected to focus on the objectives of Russia’s chairmanship, a European partnership, and on Russia’s contribution to building a democratic Europe, including the search for peaceful solutions to existing conflicts on the continent. Russia’s role in negotiating a meaningful agreement between the Council of Europe and the EU, with a stronger parliamentary dimension, is also due to be discussed.

Assembly strongly condemns human rights abuses committed by Franco regime

17/03/2006 | Standing Committee

The Parliamentary Assembly has strongly condemned the extensive and wide-ranging human rights abuses committed by the Franco regime in Spain from 1939 to 1975. In a recommendation adopted unanimously, the Standing Committee – which acts in the name of the Assembly between plenary sessions – called on the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers to adopt a similar declaration at international level and to designate the 18 July 2006 as an official day of condemnation of the Franco regime. The report, by Leo Brincat (Malta, SOC), lists executions, torture and political prisoners as among abuses committed by the regime.

Controversy over caricatures: debate on freedom of expression at the PACE Standing Committee

14/03/2006 | Standing Committee

Following the controversy over the caricatures recently published in Denmark and the violent reactions in a number of countries, the Standing Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) is poised to hold a debate (*) on the subject at its meeting on 17 March in Paris. In the view of PACE President René van der Linden, who will open the meeting at 9.30 am, "there cannot be a democratic society without the fundamental right to freedom of expression and information, but freedom of thought, conscience and religion constitutes one of the essential freedoms of individuals".

A border crossing at last for a village divided in 1945?

28/11/2005 | Standing Committee

The Parliamentary Assembly has called on Ukraine to respond favourably to Slovak proposals in order to create a new international border crossing in the village of Vel’ké Slemence/Mali Selmenci, on their common border, to end the consequences of the 1945 agreement which cut the village in two. According to a report adopted by the Assembly’s Standing Committee this week, Abolishing the last piece of the iron curtain in central Europe, “fifteen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an uncrossable boundary – armed sentries, double fencing, barbed wire and electric alarm systems – still traverses the main street… and people have to make a 50-mile journey to go from one part of the village to the other”.