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Spring session 2017

the functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey

Strasbourg, 24-28 April 2017

The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey took centre-stage at the Spring plenary part-session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) held in Strasbourg from 24 to 28 April 2017. Other highlights on the agenda included debates on the situation of human rights in the North Caucasus, the increased income inequalities and the protection of refugee women from gender-based violence.

His Majesty the King of Spain and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, addressed the Assembly. The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Niels Muiznieks, presented his annual activity report 2016. Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, answered questions from parliamentarians, and Ioannis Kasoulides, the Cypriot Foreign Minister, spoke in the context of the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

Other highlights of the session were the debates on ‘25 years of the CPT, achievements and improvements needed', ‘Abusive use of the Interpol system: the need for more stringent legal safeguards' and ‘The protection of the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities'.

There were also requests for urgent debates on ‘Political consequences of the new Israeli Settlement Regulation Law', the 'Alarming developments in Hungary: draft NGO law restricting civil society and possible closure of the European Central University', and for a current affairs debate on ‘European values under threat: addressing rising populism, xenophobia, antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe'.

Meetings

Side events list

Reports and opinions

Monday 24 April 2017

Doc. 14293 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 14289 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (27 January – 23 April 2017) Doc. 14289 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (24 April 2017) Doc. 14289 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14289 Add. 3 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (24 April 2017) Doc. 14292 (Communication) Activities of the President of the Parliamentary Assembly between the First and the Second part of the 2017 Ordinary Session Doc. 14294 (Election observation report) Observation of the early parliamentary elections in Bulgaria (26 March 2017)

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Doc. 14282 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey Doc. 14282 Add. (Addendum to the report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey Doc. 14282 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey Doc. 14287 (Report) Fighting income inequality as a means of fostering social cohesion and economic development Doc. 14083 (Report) Human rights in the North Caucasus: what follow-up to Resolution 1738 (2010)?

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Doc. 14284 (Report) Protecting refugee women from gender-based violence Doc. 14297 (Committee Opinion) Protecting refugee women from gender-based violence Doc. 14277 (Report) Abusive use of the Interpol system: the need for more stringent legal safeguards Doc. 14280 (Report) 25 years of the CPT: achievements and areas for improvement

Thursday 27 April 2017

Doc. 14298 (Report) Alarming developments in Hungary: draft NGO law restricting civil society and possible closure of the European Central University Doc. 14260 (Report) The protection of the rights of parents and children belonging to religious minorities Doc. 14283 (Report) Possible ways to improve the funding of emergency refugee situations

Friday 28 April 2017

Doc. 14288 (Report) Technological convergence, artificial intelligence and human rights Doc. 14303 (Committee Opinion) Technological convergence, artificial intelligence and human rights Doc. 14289 Add. 4 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (28 April 2017) Doc. 14300 (Report) Draft Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property Doc. 14290 (Request for an opinion) Draft Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property

Speakers list

Date Lists
Monday 24 April 1 2 3
Tuesday 25 April 1 2 3 4
Wednesday 26 April 1 2 3 4 5
Thursday 27 April 1 2 3
Friday 28 April 1 2

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