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".
During the PACE plenary session there were addresses by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and the President of the Swiss Confederation, Ignazio Cassis, as well as the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama.
The 2022 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which honours outstanding human rights defenders, was awarded in a special ceremony, with the overall winner selected from among three shortlisted candidates.
The Assembly held current affairs debates on "Military hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia, including strikes against settlements and civilian infrastructures" and on "Threatened bans of Pride events in Council of Europe member States".
In addition, the Assembly debated a European perspective for the Western Balkans, countering Islamophobia or anti-Muslim racism, vaccine discrimination, and the impact of Brexit on human rights on the island of Ireland. The Assembly also discussed the honouring of obligations and commitments by Türkiye, Hungary and Romania.
Thomas Byrne, Ireland’s European Affairs Minister, presented the Communication from the Committee of Ministers in the framework of the Irish Presidency of the Council of Europe. The Organisation’s Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić held the usual question time with PACE members.
The Assembly also debated reports on the misuse of the Schengen Information system by States as a politically-motivated sanction, discrimination against women in sport, safe third countries for asylum seekers, illegal measures of migration management in the context of pushbacks on land and sea, and revisiting labour rights.
Monday 10 October 2022
Doc. 15627 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 15626 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (24 June – 9 October 2022) Doc. 15626 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (10 October 2022)
Tuesday 11 October 2022
Doc. 15609 (Report) Supporting a European perspective for the Western Balkans Doc. 15616 (Report) Raising awareness of and countering Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim racism, in Europe Doc. 15600 (Report) Misuse of the Schengen Information system by Council of Europe member States as a politically-motivated sanction
Wednesday 12 October 2022
Doc. 15618 (Report) The honouring of obligations and commitments by Türkiye Doc. 15618 Add. (Addendum to the report) The honouring of obligations and commitments by Türkiye Doc. 15619 (Report) The honouring of membership obligations to the Council of Europe by Hungary Doc. 15592 (Report) Safe third countries for asylum seekers Doc. 15604 (Report) Pushbacks on land and sea: illegal measures of migration management
Thursday 13 October 2022
Doc. 15631 (Report) Further escalation in the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine Doc. 15615 (Report) The impact of Brexit on human rights on the island of Ireland Doc. 15611 (Report) The fight for a level playing field – ending discrimination against women in the world of sport Doc. 15617 (Report) The honouring of membership obligations to the Council of Europe by Romania
Friday 14 October 2022
Doc. 15620 (Report) The future of work is here: revisiting labour rights Doc. 15608 (Report) Preventing vaccine discrimination Doc. 15625 (Committee Opinion) Preventing vaccine discrimination Doc. 15626 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15626 Add. 3 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (14 October 2022)
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