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Parliamentary Assembly

PACE President deplores the decision to hold so-called parliamentary and presidential elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics

31/10/2014 Strasbourg
"I deplore the decision of the self-appointed authorities of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics to hold ‘parliamentary elections’ and ‘presidential elections’ on 2 November 2014....
Council of Europe

How to eradicate impunity for attacks against journalists?

31/10/2014 Strasbourg
Representatives of regional human rights courts and inter-governmental organisations in Europe, the Americas and Africa, media freedom organisations, and human rights experts will discuss at a...
Secretary General

Secretary General Jagland statement on Ukraine clashes

13/04/2014 Strasbourg
Reacting to the situation in Ukraine, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland released the following statement: "I am deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes in Ukraine today. I call on all...
Council of Europe

Council of Europe inaugurates anti-cybercrime centre in Bucharest

02/06/2014 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe and the Romanian government officially inaugurated a centre in Bucharest aimed at supporting the fight against cybercrime worldwide and replying more efficiently to an...
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

ECRI: Romania should improve Roma integration

03/06/2014 Strasbourg
Although several measures have been taken to combat prejudice against Roma in Romania, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)finds that implementation of strategies for Roma...
Commissioner for Human Rights

Youth human rights at risk during the crisis

03/06/2014 Strasbourg
“Young people have been one of the groups hardest hit by the economic crisis in Europe, with youth unemployment being the most common pathology of many countries implementing austerity measures....
Secretary General

Secretary General Jagland attends “Solidarity Prize” ceremony in Warsaw

03/06/2014 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is in Warsaw today, taking part in the award ceremony of the first “Solidarity Prize” of the Republic of Poland. The winner of the prize, Mustafa Dzhemilev,...
Parliamentary Assembly

Committee of Ministers’ Chairman, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Mammadyarov, presents communication to PACE

23/06/2014 Strasbourg
Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and Chairman of Committee of Ministers, today presented to the Parliamentary Assembly the communication on the activities of the...
Parliamentary Assembly

Edward Snowden to participate in PACE hearing on improving the protection of whistleblowers

24/06/2014 Strasbourg
Today at 2 p.m., PACE's Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights will hold a hearing on “Improving the protection of whistleblowers”, in the context of the preparation of a report by Pieter...
Parliamentary Assembly

Zero-death tolerance for the Mediterranean Sea, PACE says

24/06/2014 Strasbourg
Adopting a resolution on “The left-to-die boat: actions and reactions”, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg, today acknowledged important efforts...
Council of Europe

Thorbjørn Jagland re-elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

24/06/2014 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today re-elected Thorbjørn Jagland (Norway) Secretary General of the Council of Europe for a five-year term. In the first round of the election,...
Parliamentary Assembly

More effectively promoting the integration of migrants

26/06/2014 Strasbourg
The Assembly today expressed its concern about the situation of legal immigrants and their offspring, whose overall level of integration remains unsatisfactory in its view. Relying on quantitative...
Parliamentary Assembly

President Poroshenko calls for peaceful resolution of conflict in Ukraine

26/06/2014 Strasbourg
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reiterated that it is only through peaceful dialogue that conflicts in Ukraine can be resolved. In his address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of...
Parliamentary Assembly

Wenzel: “The Council of Europe Development Bank is the only international financial institution with an exclusively social mandate”

26/06/2014 Strasbourg
“Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) has established itself as the bank for social development in Europe”, asserted CEB Governor Rolf Wenzel, addressing PACE on Thursday. The only...
Secretary General

Secretary General meets French Minister for Europe Harlem Désir

01/07/2014 Strasbourg
The French Minister for European Affairs, Harlem Désir visited the Council of Europe on Tuesday. He congratulated M. Jagland on his reelection as Secretary General and conveyed the French...
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Congress welcomes release of Leyla Güven and other elected representatives detained in Turkey

03/07/2014 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
“Leyla Güven and 30 local elected representatives held in Diyarbakir have just been released. After over four years of detention for Leyla Güven, the judge in Diyarbakir Court has just taken a...
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Congress expresses concern about separatist tensions in Eastern Europe

04/07/2014 Strasbourg
During its meeting in Chisinau on 3 July 2014, the Monitoring Committee of the Congress adopted a declaration to express its profound concern at the situation of countries of the region faced with...
Council of Europe

Strasbourg conference emphasises importance of individual complaints to Constitutional Courts in Europe

07/07/2014 Strasbourg
Presidents and judges from Constitutional Courts of Council of Europe member states are meeting on 7 July in Strasbourg to discuss their key role in preventing and remedying violations of the...
Deputy Secretary General

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni visits Israel

07/07/2014 Strasbourg
During her first official visit to Israel from 6 to 9 July, the Deputy Secretary General opened a seminar on Council of Europe conventions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As part of the joint...
Commissioner for Human Rights

Vulnerable groups require better protection in Romania

08/07/2014 Strasbourg
"Romania must show a much stronger commitment to effectively protecting the human rights of persons with disabilities, children and Roma", said today Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe...