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Winter session 2019

Finnish President addresses the Assembly

Strasbourg, 21-25 January 2019

Adopting its final agenda at the opening of the 2019 Winter Session, the Assembly held urgent debates on Thursday, on "The escalation of tensions around the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait and threats to European security" (morning) and on "The worsening situation of opposition politicians in Turkey: what to do to protect their fundamental rights in a Council of Europe member State?" (afternoon)

The President of Finland delivered a speech. In addition, the Finnish Foreign Minister presented the Communication from the Committee of Ministers and the Organisation's Secretary General addressed the Assembly.

The Assembly held a joint debate on public service media in the context of disinformation and propaganda and media freedom as a condition for democratic elections. It also discussed Internet governance and human rights.

During its session, PACE updated guidelines for fair referendums and examined the compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights. It was also invited to assess if withdrawing nationality as a measure to combat terrorism is a human rights-compatible approach and discussed the promotion of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities.

Other debates focused on fighting impunity by targeted sanctions in the case of Sergei Magnitsky and others, ensuring better follow-up to recommendations by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, and the progress of PACE's monitoring procedure in 2018, together with periodic reviews of the honouring of obligations by Iceland and Italy.

A second joint debate focused on discrimination in access to employment and the need for a disability-inclusive workforce.

At a ceremony in the plenary, PACE members pledged to take action in their national parliaments to eradicate sexism, harassment and violence against women, following the initiative by the Assembly's President #NotInMyParliament.

Meetings

Side events list

Reports and opinions

Monday 21 January 2019

Doc. 14800 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 14796 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (12 October 2018-20 January 2019) Doc. 14796 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (21 January 2019) Doc. 14796 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14799 (Communication) Activities of the President between the fourth part of the 2018 Ordinary Session and the first part of the 2019 Ordinary Session Doc. 14784 (Election observation report) Observation of the presidential election in Georgia (28 October and 28 November 2018) Doc. 14801 (Election observation report) Observation of the early parliamentary elections in Armenia (9 December 2018)

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Doc. 14797 (Parliamentary questions) Parliamentary question to the Chairperson-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers Doc. 14776 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Italy Doc. 14663 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Sweden Doc. 14796 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14791 (Report) Updating guidelines to ensure fair referendums in Council of Europe member States Doc. 14661 (Report) Sergei Magnitsky and beyond – fighting impunity by targeted sanctions Doc. 14787 (Report) Compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights: can States Parties to the Convention be signatories to the “Cairo Declaration”? Doc. 14787 Add. (Addendum to the report) Compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights: can States Parties to the Convention be signatories to the “Cairo Declaration”? Doc. 14803 (Committee Opinion) Compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights: can States Parties to the Convention be signatories to the “Cairo Declaration”? Doc. 14804 (Committee Opinion) Compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights: can States Parties to the Convention be signatories to the “Cairo Declaration”? Doc. 14805 (Committee Opinion) Compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights: can States Parties to the Convention be signatories to the “Cairo Declaration”?

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Doc. 14669 (Report) Media freedom as a condition for democratic elections Doc. 14809 (Committee Opinion) Media freedom as a condition for democratic elections Doc. 14780 (Report) Public service media in the context of disinformation and propaganda Doc. 14666 (Report) Discrimination in access to employment Doc. 14665 (Report) For a disability-inclusive workforce Doc. 14789 (Report) Internet governance and human rights

Thursday 24 January 2019

Doc. 14811 (Report) The escalation of tensions around the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait and threats to European security Doc. 14792 Part 1 (Report) The progress of the Assembly's monitoring procedure (January-December 2018) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Iceland and Italy Doc. 14792 Part 2 (IS) (Report) The progress of the Assembly's monitoring procedure (January-December 2018) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Iceland and Italy Periodic review: Iceland Doc. 14792 Part 3 (IT) (Report) The progress of the Assembly's monitoring procedure (January-December 2018) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Iceland and Italy Periodic review: Italy Doc. 14779 (Report) Promoting the rights of persons belonging to national minorities Doc. 14812 (Report) The worsening situation of opposition politicians in Turkey: what can be done to protect their fundamental rights in a Council of Europe member State? Doc. 14812 Add. (Addendum to the report) The worsening situation of opposition politicians in Turkey: what can be done to protect their fundamental rights in a Council of Europe member State? Doc. 14812 (Report) The worsening situation of opposition politicians in Turkey: what can be done to protect their fundamental rights in a Council of Europe member State? Doc. 14812 Add. (Addendum to the report) The worsening situation of opposition politicians in Turkey: what can be done to protect their fundamental rights in a Council of Europe member State?

Friday 25 January 2019

Doc. 14796 Add. 3 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (25 January 2019) Doc. 14790 (Report) Withdrawing nationality as a measure to combat terrorism: a human rights-compatible approach? Doc. 14788 (Report) Improving follow-up to CPT recommendations: enhanced role of the Parliamentary Assembly and of national parliaments

Speakers list

Date Lists
Monday 21 January 1 2
Tuesday 22 January 1 2 3 4 5
Wednesday 23 January 1 2 3 4
Thursday 24 January 1 2 3 4
Friday 25 January 1 2

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Date Morning Afternoon
Monday 21 January
Tuesday 22 January
Wednesday 23 January
Thursday 24 January
Friday 25 January

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Monday 21 January

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Wednesday 23 January

Thursday 24 January

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