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PACE ratifies the credentials of the Russian delegation

26/01/2022 | Session

PACE has ratified the credentials of the Russian parliamentary delegation by 97 votes to 41 after they were challenged on substantive grounds on the opening day of the session. At the same time, it expressed its “utmost concern” over the deteriorating situation as regards pluralism, human rights...

PACE calls on Russia to launch an ‘independent and effective’ investigation into the poisoning of Alexei...

26/01/2022 | Session

In a debate held today at its plenary session in Strasbourg, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) noted “the ample medical evidence” showing that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with an organophosphorus cholinesterase inhibitor whilst in Russia. It underlined that five different...

Rights of LGBTI people: advances achieved are under threat, PACE says

25/01/2022 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly expressed concern at the increase in hate speech, violence and hate crimes against LGBTI people in Council of Europe member States. “The scapegoating and violations of LGBTI people’s civil rights come to a large extent from political figures, including government...

Southern Caucasus: measures to combat alleged violations of the rights of LGBTI people

25/01/2022 | Session

The Assembly expressed concern about the situation of LGBTI people in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, noting that “many infringements of these people’s human rights have been alleged or confirmed”. Those countries should adopt effective legislation and “policies to strengthen action against...

Željko Komšić: Bosnia and Herzegovina must change its political system if it wants to be part of modern...

25/01/2022 | Session

Addressing PACE today, Željko Komšić, Chairperson of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented the socio-political situation in his country, after recalling the significant historical events since the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992, including the period of war that “led...

Supporting the role of the media in times of crisis

25/01/2022 | Session

European countries should support the media in times of crisis “so that the latter can perform their various roles to the full”, PACE said today. Approving a resolution on the basis of a report by Annicka Engblom (Sweden, EPP/CD), the Assembly said media in a crisis could be a source of objective...

Vice-President in respect of the Russian Federation: the seat remains vacant

25/01/2022 | Session

In the context of the election of a Vice-President of the Assembly in respect of the Russian Federation, the Assembly decided at the opening of the Session to hold, on 25 January, a vote by secret ballot on the election of the candidate proposed by the Russian delegation, Piotr Tolstoi. In the...

Secretary General tells PACE : “Our shared values far outweigh the single issues that divide us”

25/01/2022 | Session

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has told members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that the relative peace of recent decades has been underpinned by the organisation’s commitment to human rights, democracy and the rule of law. She emphasised that even as the...

Benedetto Della Vedova underlines the multilateral vocation of the Council of Europe, in which Italy fully...

25/01/2022 | Session

In his address to the Assembly today, the Italian Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Benedetto Della Vedova, described the Council of Europe as “an outpost” and "continental emblem of the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms...

Russian delegation’s credentials challenged at opening of PACE plenary session

24/01/2022 | Session

The credentials of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have been challenged both on procedural grounds (Rule 7 of the Rules of Procedure) and on substantive grounds (Rule 8) on the opening day of the 2022 “hybrid” winter plenary session. The...

PACE elects its Vice-Presidents

24/01/2022 | Session

At the opening of its Winter plenary Session today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected its Vice-Presidents: Jonathan Attard (Malta)José Badia (Monaco)Theodora Bakoyannis (Greece)Marta Grande (Italy)Antonio Gutiérrez (Spain)John Howell (United Kingdom)Darko Kaevski...

Tiny Kox elected PACE President

24/01/2022 | Session

Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL) has been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Taking over from Rik Daems (Belgium, ALDE), he is PACE’s 34th President since 1949 and the third Dutch to hold this office. He obtained an absolute majority in the first round of...