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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed PACE’s Autumn plenary session

14/10/2022 | Session

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during its Autumn plenary session (Strasbourg, 10 to 14 October 2022). The Assembly also held an urgent debate on "Further escalation in the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine...

New disinformation law in Türkiye is ‘a worrying step back’ ahead of 2023 elections, say PACE monitors

14/10/2022 | Monitoring

The adoption yesterday of the so-called disinformation law by the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye is “yet another worrying step back for freedom of speech and the media in Türkiye”, said John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of...

Revisiting labour rights in the face of wide-ranging transformations in the world of work

14/10/2022 | Session

PACE today stressed the need for increased flexibility in the organisation of work, in order to serve the new needs of workers, employers and the labour markets, in the face of wide-ranging transformations linked to new technologies and the Covid-19 pandemic. The Assembly is concerned about the...

Vaccines should not be made generally mandatory, but this may sometimes be appropriate, says PACE

14/10/2022 | Session

The starting position for a vaccine is that “it should not automatically be generally mandatory”, but this may sometimes be appropriate, for example for special professions such as those exposed to vulnerable populations, PACE has said. Approving a resolution on preventing vaccine discrimination...

PACE hearing on workers’ rights in Qatar on the eve of the World Cup: positive change but work still to do

13/10/2022 | Culture, Science, Education and Media

Participants at a PACE public hearing on workers’ rights in Qatar, held just a month before the 2022 World Cup kicks off, have agreed that reforms introduced as a result of the tournament have resulted in significant improvements for workers in the country – but that much more needs to be done...

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: ‘Never yet in history was united Europe as strong as it is today’

13/10/2022 | President

“Today, we see the historically important results of dialogue in Europe, between Europeans. We see actions that have made Europe unprecedentedly stronger. Never yet in history was united Europe as strong as it is today. So, focus on everything that is needed to prevent the Russian terrorists from...

Russia’s so-called referendums in Ukrainian regions ‘null and void’, says PACE

13/10/2022 | Session

PACE has strongly condemned the attempted annexation of Ukrainian regions by Russia, describing the so-called referendums in these regions as “an affront to international law” and “null and void, with no legal or political effects”. The Assembly was debating a report by Emanuelis Zingeris...

PACE co-rapporteurs on Armenia concerned by reports of alleged war crimes or inhuman treatment perpetrated...

13/10/2022 | Monitoring

"We are concerned by the numerous reports of alleged war crimes or inhuman treatment perpetrated by the armed forces of Azerbaijan”, said Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland, SOC) and Boriana Åberg (Sweden, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) for the monitoring of...

Current affairs debate on threatened bans of Pride events in Council of Europe member States

13/10/2022 | Session

“We cannot escape a truth, dear colleagues: a backlash is going on in Europe. Populists and enemies of human rights and democracy are making use of those who are most vulnerable,” Max Lucks (Germany, SOC) said today, opening a current affairs debate on Threatened bans of Pride events in Council...

Ending discrimination against women in sport

13/10/2022 | Session

PACE said there was an urgent need to prevent gender-based violence, sexism, discrimination and gender stereotypes in the world of sport, promote gender equality, invest in sport for all, and put an end to the invisibility of women and girls in this field. In adopting a resolution, based on the...

Finding solutions to remedy marital captivity

13/10/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Measures to prevent cases of marital captivity and ensure effective solutions for victims are urgently needed, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination has said. The report by Margreet De Boer (Netherlands, SOC), adopted by the committee on 13 October, explains that marital captivity...

Europe can learn ‘useful lessons’ from the experience of prisons during Covid, says PACE committee

13/10/2022 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Europe can learn “useful lessons” from the experience of prisons during the Covid pandemic, continuing to use alternatives to detention to reduce the prison population and ease overcrowding, according to PACE’s Legal Affairs Committee. In a draft resolution based on a report by Givi Mikanadze...