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PACE monitors extremely concerned by developments in Armenia

26/02/2021 | Monitoring

“We are extremely concerned by recent developments in Armenia,” said PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Armenia, Boriana Åberg (Sweden, EPP/CD) and Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland, SOC). “In particular, we found the statement issued yesterday by the office of the General Staff of the Armed...

Georgia monitors react to Tbilisi raid and arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia

24/02/2021 | Monitoring

The PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have expressed their concern at developments in Tbilisi. “While no-one should be above the law, the police raid on the UNM Headquarters and the arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia...

PACE monitors welcome return of Turkish opposition MP to parliament

12/02/2021 | Monitoring

The PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey, Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA), have welcomed yesterday’s return to parliament of MP Enis Berberoğlu, a member of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). “The protection of parliamentary...

Georgia monitors express deep concern at illegal sentencing of Georgian citizen

09/02/2021 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have today expressed their deep concern at the illegal sentencing of Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze to twelve years imprisonment by a so-called court in...

Russia monitors urge the authorities to withdraw the designation of the Council of Europe Schools of...

06/01/2021 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Russia, Axel Schäfer (Germany, SOC) and Ria Oomen-Ruijten (Netherlands, EPP/CD), have deplored the Russian Prosecutor General’s decision to place the Association of Schools of Political Studies...

‘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...