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Monitoring rapporteurs react to judgment of the Court of Amsterdam regarding the independence of Polish...

04/08/2020 | Monitoring

The rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for the monitoring of Poland, Azadeh Rohjan Gustafsson (Sweden, SOC) and Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), reacted today to the decision of the international chamber of the Amsterdam Court regarding the Polish justice...

Rapporteurs respond to reports of mass arrests of demonstrators in Azerbaijan

31/07/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), rapporteur of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, and Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) and Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC/DA), co-rapporteurs on monitoring of Azerbaijan, have today...

Monitoring co-rapporteurs for Serbia deeply concerned by financial investigations against prominent NGOs...

30/07/2020 | Monitoring

“We are deeply concerned about the information that financial investigations were launched by the Serbian Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering against over 50 prominent activists, NGOs and investigative media, including the 2019 PACE Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prizewinner “Youth...

Monitoring co-rapporteurs urge Armenia and Azerbaijan to show restraint

17/07/2020 | Monitoring

“We are very concerned by the loss of life that the violation of the cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan has caused,” said the PACE monitoring co-rapporteur for Armenia, Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland, SOC), and the co-rapporteurs for Azerbaijan, Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) and Sir Roger Gale...

Serbia monitors condemn violence and call for transparency

15/07/2020 | Monitoring

The PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Serbia, Ian Liddell-Grainger (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Piero Fassino (Italy, SOC), have expressed great concern following the latest demonstrations and last week brutal clashes with police after new lockdown measures were announced in the country. “Any...

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...