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PACE monitors react to so-called ‘elections’ in the Georgian region of Abkhazia

30/03/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean and Claude Kern, have made the following statement regarding the so-called ‘repeat presidential elections’ in the Georgian region of Abkhazia:

COVID-19: monitors welcome EU Council decision to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia

26/03/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Albania, Joe O’Reilly and Petter Eide, and the co-rapporteur for post-monitoring dialogue with North Macedonia, Lise Christoffersen, welcome the decision by the Council of the EU to open membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

COVID-19: Rapporteurs insist on free movement for OSCE monitors in the Donbass

26/03/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Ukraine, Dzhema Grozdanova and Alfred Heer, have expressed their serious concern at restrictions on the freedom of movement of OSCE monitors by illegally-armed formations in the Donbass region.

COVID-19: Rapporteurs outraged by the Azerbaijani government’s reliance on the pandemic to justify...

25/03/2020 | Monitoring

Sunna Ævarsdottir, Sir Roger Gale and Stefan Schennach responded to reports that President Ilham Aliyev, in his speech to mark the Nowruz holiday, had proposed the “isolation” of the country’s political opposition as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

PACE monitors for Azerbaijan welcome release of Afgan Mukhtarli

18/03/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Azerbaijan by the PACE, Stefan Schennach and Sir Roger Gale, have welcomed the release of Mr Afgan Mukhtarli.

Political agreement between ruling majority and opposition offers a window of opportunity for Georgia

17/03/2020 | Monitoring

“The political agreement between ruling majority and opposition on the 2020 parliamentary elections in Georgia, offers a window of opportunity for Georgia’s democratic consolidation,” said the co-rapporteurs.

Georgia monitors welcome agreement on 2020 elections

10/03/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlăţean and Claude Kern, have welcomed the agreement between the Georgian ruling majority and opposition on the election system to be used for the 2020 parliamentary elections.

Monitors urge Azerbaijani authorities to allow peaceful demonstrations

19/02/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Azerbaijan by the Assembly, Stefan Schennach and Sir Roger Gale, are deeply worried by the escalation of police violence against peaceful demonstrators.

PACE monitors express their deep concern and expectations ahead of Turkey trials

17/02/2020 | Monitoring

PACE Turkey monitors Thomas Hammarberg and John Howell have expressed their deep concern and expectations ahead of two trials of civil society activists to be held in Turkey this week.

Monitors call on Armenian authorities to request a Venice Commission opinion on constitutional and related...

06/02/2020 | Monitoring

The Parliament decided to hold an extraordinary session in order to discuss a series of amendments that would remove the requirement for the Constitutional Court to check the compliance of draft legislation with the Constitution

PACE rapporteurs deeply regret signing into law of controversial amendments to Common Courts and Supreme...

06/02/2020 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs on the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland, Azadeh Rojhan Gustafsson and Pieter Omtzigt, have expressed their deep regret at the signing into law by President Duda of the controversial amendments.

Albania: rapporteurs welcome agreement between opposition and ruling majority on electoral reform

15/01/2020 | Monitoring

The monitoring co-rapporteurs for Albania welcomed the agreement reached between the main opposition parties, the parliamentary opposition and the ruling majority on the framework of co-operation on electoral reform.