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Lord Keen (United Kingdom, EC/DA)

Council of Europe should establish a ‘mediation process’ to help resolve post-conflict disputes

01/12/2023 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Council of Europe should establish a “mediation process” to help member states resolve post-conflict disputes and find “reparations and remedies” which would defuse tension, overcome past divisions and work towards a common peaceful future, a PACE committee has proposed. Approving a draft...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

‘Making the inclusion of persons with disabilities a reality’

01/12/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Too often, persons with disabilities have been left behind and policy-making has not been inclusive enough. Inclusion in society, accessibility of premises and procedures and participation in political, economic and cultural life for all persons with disabilities were not made a priority...


PACE General Rapporteurs condemn decision to label the LGBTI movement in Russia as ‘extremist’

30/11/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The PACE General Rapporteur on human rights defenders and whistle-blowers, Emanuelis Zingeris (Lithuania, EPP/CD), and PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, Christophe Lacroix (Belgium, SOC), have condemned today’s decision of the Russian Supreme Court to outlaw the...

Vaduz, Liechtenstein

PACE Standing Committee met in Liechtenstein

28/11/2023 | Standing Committee

A special event (*) on the Vigdís Prize for Women’s Empowerment, a 60,000-euro annual prize rewarding outstanding initiatives which promote the empowerment of women in all their diversity, was one of the highlights of the Standing Committee meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of...

The war of aggression against Ukraine ‘must never become a normality, never’, says PACE President

28/11/2023 | Standing Committee

“The second devastating war-time winter has started, a war that has already killed at least 10,000 civilians and injured 18,500 of them. And there are signs that attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure may escalate during the winter season,” PACE President Tiny Kox said today at the...

Landtag (Parliament) Speaker Albert Frick
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‘Aggressive power politics must not prevail. Those who challenge our common commitments must be held to...

28/11/2023 | Standing Committee

“Although geographical smallness has many disadvantages, it also allows state institutions to be closer to the people. This not only fosters greater trust in the Liechtenstein Parliament and Government, but also allows us to maintain efficient processes and put tailored and pragmatic solutions at...

Dominique Hasler, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sport
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Dominique Hasler: Liechtenstein’s priorities for the next six months revolve around our guiding motto...

28/11/2023 | Standing Committee

“Liechtenstein’s priorities for the next six months revolve around our guiding motto ‘United by our values, towards a better future, for the needs of all’”, said Dominique Hasler, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sport of Liechtenstein, speaking during an exchange of views with the...

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

Vigdís Prize for Women's Empowerment: call for nominations

28/11/2023 | Standing Committee

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Government of Iceland, has issued a call for nominations for the first ever edition of the Vigdís Prize for Women's Empowerment. A joint initiative of the Icelandic Government and PACE, the Prize pays tribute to...

Ingjerd Schou (Norway, EPP/CD)

Current affairs debate on ‘Budget and priorities of the Council of Europe and follow-up to the Reykjavík...

28/11/2023 | Standing Committee

“It is time to shoulder our responsibility to implement the Reykjavik priorities. This means re-doubling our efforts to modernise our Organisation, make it more efficient, more ‘green’ and more responsive to the expectations of our citizens. We must be responsible and frugal, and we must...

Aleksander Pociej (Poland, EPP/CD)

Current affairs debate on ‘Spiral of violence and humanitarian crisis in the Middle-East: Finding a...

28/11/2023 | Standing Committee

“In this fast-moving and volatile situation, our Assembly must do everything it can to contribute to finding a peaceful end to the spiral of violence and the terrible humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which UNICEF has named as the most dangerous place on earth to be a child today”, Aleksander Pociej...

Heritable genome editing in human beings

PACE recommends ‘a clear and total prohibition’ on pregnancies with genetically modified human embryos

28/11/2023 | Standing Committee

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting in Vaduz, today recommended that the Committee of Ministers call on member states to embrace a “a clear and total prohibition” of establishing a pregnancy with genetically modified germ line cells or human embryos, “by introducing legislation at the national...

Roma and Travellers

Combating institutional racism of law enforcement authorities against Roma and Travellers

28/11/2023 | Standing Committee

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting in Vaduz, today expressed its concern about police brutality against Roma and Travellers in Europe, including inhuman and degrading treatment, torture, excessive use of force, and violence resulting in some cases in the victim’s death. The parliamentarians...