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Current affairs debate on “Democracies facing Covid-19: the way forward”

19/03/2021 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee, meeting today by videoconference, held a current affairs debate on “Democracies facing Covid-19: the way forward”. Ian Liddell-Grainger (United Kingdom, EC/DA) opened the debate. Following this current affairs debate, PACE President Rik Daems issued a statement...

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić
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Secretary General: “During Covid we have been present where people need us”

19/03/2021 | Standing Committee

Speaking to members of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić emphasised that that since the start of the health crisis in Europe, the Council of Europe has not only advised but also provided material support to its member States. “We have...

Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Strengthening the role of the Council of Europe as a guarantor of human rights and the rule of law

19/03/2021 | Standing Committee

In his address to the Standing Committee today, German Minister of State Michael Roth stressed that strengthening the role of the Council of Europe as a guarantor of human rights and the rule of law was one of the top priorities of the German chairmanship of the Council of Europe. “How can we...

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

PACE President: the rule of law must prevail in the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic

19/03/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems has again recalled that the rule of law must prevail in the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic – and stressed that any laws linked to the pandemic should comply with the constitution and international standards. “Today’s debate – held as the crisis...

Child / Family

Leaving millions of labour migrants’ children without parental care is a violation of human rights

19/03/2021 | Standing Committee

PACE Standing Committee has said it deplores the complacency of both countries of origin and destination concerning children who are “left behind” when their parents migrate abroad for work, potentially depriving them of support and protection. “Leaving millions of children without parental care...

Grand National Assembly of Turkey

Current affairs debate on recent developments in Turkey concerning parliamentary democracy

19/03/2021 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee, meeting today by videoconference, held a current affairs debate on “Recent developments in Turkey concerning parliamentary democracy”. Frank Schwabe (Germany, SOC) opened the debate.

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States must do much more to combat money-laundering

19/03/2021 | Standing Committee

PACE has again urged Council of Europe member States to do more to confiscate illegal assets, including by reversing the burden of proof as to the illegal nature of the assets, pointing out that national and international efforts to combat money-laundering are still “falling far short of declared...

Migrant children
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Protecting victims of arbitrary displacement

19/03/2021 | Standing Committee

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting by videoconference, today expressed its deep concern over victims of arbitrary displacement, underlining that nearly 2.8 million Europeans were internally displaced persons (IDPs). “Many Europeans are refugees in other countries, in particular Ukrainians who...

Sevinj Fataliyeva (Azerbaijan, EC/DA)
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Make the world more ‘autism-friendly’, urges PACE

04/12/2020 | Standing Committee

The time has come to make the world more ‘autism-friendly’, PACE’s Standing Committee has urged, calling for “person-centred and life-long support” for people with autism and their families. In a resolution based on a report by Sevinj Fataliyeva (Azerbaijan, EC/DA), approved today during a...

Standing Committee / Autism

Ensuring effective guardianship for unaccompanied and separated migrant children

04/12/2020 | Standing Committee

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting today by videoconference, underlined the essential role of guardians in ensuring protection and respect of the fundamental rights of unaccompanied and separated migrant children. “Guardianship systems are not harmonised across Europe and differ from country to...

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Ending attacks and discrimination against NGOs assisting refugees and migrants

04/12/2020 | Standing Committee

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting today by videoconference, strongly condemned attacks on NGOs and their donors assisting refugees and migrants, stressing that such attacks could take the form of “physical violence, legal obstacles, judicial, administrative or fiscal harassment, smear...

Pociej / Pociej

Investment migration must not become a tool for international money laundering

04/12/2020 | Standing Committee

National programmes for the award of citizenship, residence permits and tax domiciles to foreign investors must respect the legal standards set by the Council of Europe, as well as relevant international legal standards designed to prevent corruption, money laundering and terrorists financing...