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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...

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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...

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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...

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PACE 'enlarged' Standing Committee to debate support for people with autism and their families, and rights...

26/11/2020 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will meet by videoconference in its enlarged format on Friday 4 December 2020. After the opening of the meeting by PACE President Rik Daems, the parliamentarians will discuss support for people with autism...

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Current affairs debate on the Athens Declaration and adoption of a declaration

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

The ‘enlarged’ Standing Committee, meeting today by videoconference, held a current affairs debate on the Athens Declaration by the Committee of Ministers Chairmanship on: “Effectively responding to a public health crisis in full respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law”. Jacques...

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Court President pays tribute to role of parliaments in upholding the European Convention on Human Rights

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Robert Spano, has paid tribute to the essential role of parliaments in upholding the Convention and rulings of the Strasbourg Court. Addressing a meeting of PACE’s “enlarged” Standing Committee by videoconference, Mr Spano said: “The role of...

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Michael Roth presents Germany’s priorities for its Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth today presented Germany’s priorities for its Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and took questions from members. These priorities include strengthening the implementation of rights and obligations under the European...

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PACE approves rule changes to enable remote or hybrid plenary sessions

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

In light of the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, PACE’s Standing Committee has unanimously approved modifications to the Rules of Procedure to enable the Assembly to hold remote or hybrid plenary sessions in exceptional circumstances. Approving a report by Frank Schwabe (Germany, SOC...

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PACE amends its Rules of procedure to better reflect developments in parliamentary practice

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

Recalling that the Assembly’s decisions should be based on clear and effective parliamentary rules, the Assembly has amended its Rules to reflect changes in parliamentary practice and to clarify procedures where their application or interpretation has raised difficulties. The modifications...

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A road-map for including a gender dimension in foreign policy

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

Council of Europe member States should ensure a gender dimension in their foreign policies, by promoting inclusiveness, equality and non-discrimination, in order to counter the backlash against women’s rights, according to PACE’s Standing Committee. Unanimously approving a report by Petra Stienen...