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Rapporteurs deeply concerned by the conviction of four human rights defenders in Turkey

09/07/2020 | Monitoring

Following the recent convictions of the four Turkish human rights defenders - Taner Kılıç, İdil Eser, Günal Kuşun and Özlem Dalkıran - in the so-called Büyükada trial, the rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), Thomas Hammarberg...

Georgia monitors welcome adoption of Constitutional amendments by the Georgian Parliament

29/06/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have welcomed the adoption today by the Georgian Parliament of the Constitutional amendments to implement the new election...

Committee recommends continuing post-monitoring dialogue with Montenegro

22/06/2020 | Monitoring

The Monitoring Committee today welcomed the “sustained political will and commitment” of the Montenegrin authorities to respect their obligations, and their involvement in the post-monitoring dialogue* with PACE. The parliamentarians underlined the country's “continued co-operation” with Council...

North Macedonia: post-monitoring rapporteur welcomes agreement on election date

17/06/2020 | Monitoring

Lise Christoffersen (Norway, SOC), PACE rapporteur for post-monitoring dialogue with North Macedonia, has welcomed the agreement on the date of early parliamentary elections, to be held on 15 July 2020. “We commend the political parties - from the majority and the opposition - for reaching an...

PACE Albania monitors welcome agreement on electoral reform

09/06/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Albania by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Joseph O’Reilly (Ireland, EPP/CD) and Petter Eide (Norway, UEL), today welcomed the agreement reached between the ruling majority and the parliamentary and non-parliamentary opposition...

Armenia: PACE monitor welcomes request for Council of Europe expert legal advice

19/05/2020 | Monitoring

“The Armenian authorities have decided to request the opinion of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe’s body of legal experts – on possible changes to the Constitution regarding the Constitutional Court and this is very good news,” said the co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of...

COVID-19: PACE monitors warn Azerbaijani authorities against abuse of pandemic to crack down on opposition

14/05/2020 | Monitoring

The PACE rapporteurs for the monitoring of Azerbaijan, Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) and Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC/DA), have expressed their concern at the crackdown on critics of the authorities under the guise of combating the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as the safety of prisoners...

COVID-19: Rapporteurs call for the immediate release of Osman Kavala after Strasbourg Court decision

13/05/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE monitors for Turkey Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA), as well as the General rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), have reacted to the decision of the Grand Chamber of...

COVID-19: New date for Polish election should be decided by consensus, say co-rapporteurs

11/05/2020 | Monitoring

PACE’s co-rapporteurs on the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland, Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) and Azadeh Rojhan Gustafsson (Sweden, SOC), have taken note of the de facto last-minute cancellation of the Presidential election in Poland, due to take place on 10 May 2020. While...

Rapporteurs welcome acquittals in Azerbaijan but regret the lack of independence of the judiciary

24/04/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs on the monitoring of Azerbaijan by PACE, Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) and Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC/DA), have welcomed the Azerbaijan Supreme Court's decision to terminate on acquittal grounds the charges against Ilgar Mammadov, leader of the opposition REAL Party...

COVID-19: monitors express concern at the possibility of an election for Polish President under full...

08/04/2020 | Monitoring

Pieter Omtzigt and Azadeh Rojhan Gustafsson have expressed their concern at the possibility that the May 2020 Presidential election in Poland will be organised by postal vote during a full lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as proposed in a draft law adopted by the Polish Sejm.

COVID-19: Monitors urge Turkish authorities to ensure any prisoner release is non-discriminatory

03/04/2020 | Monitoring

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and an expected sanitary crisis in Turkish detention centres, co-rapporteurs Thomas Hammarberg and John Howell have urged the Turkish authorities to ensure that any early or conditional release of prisoners is non-discriminatory and does not exclude prisoners detained on political grounds.