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Strengthening the prevention of and fight against forced marriage

28/06/2018 | Session

Forced marriage involves a series of violent acts against, primarily, women and girls – but also men and boys – and violates their rights to physical integrity, physical and mental health, freedom and autonomy, said PACE.

The Council of Europe is not an ‘à la carte menu’ where we choose what we want

27/06/2018 | Session

The Council of Europe is not an ‘à la carte menu’. We should not merely enjoy the benefits of the membership; we should also honour and respect its obligations, Peter Pellegrini, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, said today.

Concern about new restrictions on NGO activities

27/06/2018 | Session

PACE expressed its concern over new restrictions imposed on NGOs activities in several member States. The space for civil society has been shrinking, especially in the area of human rights, it said.

States urged to save all lives at sea, and to insist on rights if migration control is 'outsourced'

27/06/2018 | Session

Council of Europe member States should put the protection of human life above all other considerations during sea rescues, PACE has said after a series of debates on the migration and refugee crisis.

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”.