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PACE held three urgent and two current affairs debates during its Autumn Session

13/10/2023 | Session

The Assembly held three urgent debates on "Humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh", "Call for the immediate release of Osman Kavala" and "Ensuring a just peace in Ukraine and lasting security in Europe", as well as two current affairs debates on "Escalation of violence in the Middle-East...

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PACE committee calls for fairer and more reliable medical supplies

13/10/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A PACE committee is calling for human rights to be placed back at the heart of medical supply chains – pointing out that the current system for supplying drugs and other medical products is both ineffective, resulting in shortages, and discriminatory. “Medical products cannot be governed by...

Bern book presentation

New ‘road map’ for handling elections in times of crisis published as Switzerland marks 60 years in the...

12/10/2023 | Election observation

A “road map” for handling elections in times of crisis – a new publication setting out the conclusions of May’s successful conference in Bern on this theme – was launched today at a reception marking the 60th anniversary of Switzerland’s accession to the Council of Europe. The 58-page illustrated...

Hearing on the situation of Karabakh Armenians and the international obligations of Azerbaijan

Hearing on the human rights and humanitarian situation of Karabakh Armenians and the international...

12/10/2023 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

A livestreamed public hearing on "The human rights and humanitarian situation of Karabakh Armenians and the international obligations of Azerbaijan" took place today in Strasbourg on the margins of the Assembly's autumn plenary session. Participants included: * Thomas de Waal, scholar and writer...

Didier Reynders

EU accession to the Convention remains a priority, says Didier Reynders, pledging his ‘personal commitment’

12/10/2023 | Session

“The EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights remains a priority, but is still also an obligation, due to the Treaty of Lisbon. It's very clear. You can count on my personal commitment in this regard,” today said Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice, addressing the...


The '46' should develop additional tools to promote democratic security

12/10/2023 | Session

The price of war will always be much higher than that of preventing it. However, after a gradual decline, the number of armed conflicts in the world started to rise again in 2010. Some "35 conflicts are currently ongoing, and the international order has been put under an existential threat as a...

Iulian Bulia (Romania, ALDE)

PACE condemns Russian aggression against Ukraine, calls for comprehensive, just and lasting peace

12/10/2023 | Session

PACE today condemned Russia's ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine, stressing the importance of upholding Council of Europe standards and calling for “a united front to stop the aggression and win a peace which is comprehensive, just and lasting, ensuring that the rule of law prevails over...

Petra BAYR (Autriche, SOC)

PACE calls on Türkiye to comply with binding judgments of the Strasbourg Court and ‘immediately release...

12/10/2023 | Session

During an urgent debate, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting in Strasbourg in plenary session, called on Türkiye to “comply with binding judgments” of the European Court of Human Rights, and “to immediately release Osman Kavala, who remains unlawfully detained in...

Domagoj HAJDUKOVIĆ (Croatie, SOC)

PACE calls on Azerbaijan to ‘prove its goodwill’ towards the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh

12/10/2023 | Session

PACE has called on Azerbaijan to “create a climate of trust and the material conditions” for Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh to be able to return to their homeland – including active steps to encourage and reassure them to do so. In a resolution based on a report by Domagoj Hajduković (Croatia...

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PACE to observe the parliamentary elections in Poland

11/10/2023 | Election observation

A 26-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Mireille Clapot (France, ALDE), will travel to Poland from 13 to 16 October to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections on 15 October, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly...


States must urgently take action together against SLAPPs, says PACE committee

11/10/2023 | Culture, Science, Education and Media

There is an urgent need for all Council of Europe member states to act together against SLAPPs – frivolous, vexatious or malicious legal proceedings which aim to intimidate, harass or silence their targets, thus threatening public participation – according to PACE’s Culture Committee. Approving a...

Krišjānis KARIŅŠ, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia and President of the Committee of Ministers

Latvian Foreign Minister calls for support to Ukraine, continued dialogue on current issues

11/10/2023 | Session

“The consequences of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine continue to dominate the agenda,” said Krišjānis Kariņš, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Chair of the Committee of Ministers, when addressing the Parliamentary Assembly. “Impunity cannot prevail,” he added. The minister...