Week in brief 29 September-5 October 2014

PACE autumn session: the Ukraine crisis, Human Rights Prize, countering neo-Nazism
29 September-3 October, Strasbourg - A current affairs debate on the crisis in Ukraine and a debate on countering neo-Nazism – with the participation of the Speaker of the Norwegian Parliament Olemic Thommessen – are among highlights of the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE).
An urgent debate on "Threats posed by the ‘Islamic State’ and violence against Christians and other religious communities" has also been requested.
A ceremony on the opening day of the session will see the award of the second Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize to one of three shortlisted nominees – Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, Malta’s Jesuit Refugee Service or Azerbaijani human rights defender Anar Mammadli.
On Thursday, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will report to the Assembly on the latest activities of the Council of Europe’s executive body, the Committee of Ministers, and answer parliamentarians’ questions.A
lso on the draft agenda are annual debates on the OECD and EBRD, with the participation of their leading officials, monitoring reports on Georgia and Albania, and a debate on possible changes to PACE’s monitoring mechanism.
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30 September-1 October, Strasbourg - A Living Library, entitled “No Hate, No Extremism!” will be organised during the next session of the PACE. The “books” will be victims of racist violence and hate speech (particularly refugees and Roma), members of associations active in combating extremism, antisemitism, racism and homophobia, as well as former neo-Nazis, who will offer their personal testimony.

30 September, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver in writing three judgments concerning Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova.
More informationECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

30 September, Chisinau - The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) will organise a round table on “Combating racial discrimination and intolerance in the Republic of Moldova”. The participants will discuss the follow-up to the recommendations contained in ECRI’s monitoring report published in 2013. Main topics of the round table will be: ECRI report’s main findings ; Legislative and institutional framework for combating racism and racial discrimination; Combating hate speech and Fostering integration of Roma.More information - Contact: Jaime Rodríguez, Tel: +33 3 90 21 47 04

1 October - International Day of Older Persons

1 and 2 October, Urgup (Turkey) - 15th Council of Europe meeting of the Workshops for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention on “Sustainable landscapes and economy: on the inestimable natural and human value of the landscape”.
Programme, contact : Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04

2 October, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver in writing 14 judgments concerning the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Norway, Portugal, Russia and Ukraine.
More informationECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

2 October, Strasbourg – Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General, will meet Thierry Braillard, French State Secretary of Sport, who will sign the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (CETS n° 215)

2-5 October, Gabala (Azerbaijan) - The No Hate Speech Movement forum will bring together young people and other players active in the Movement at national and European levels. The participants will take stock of the results of the campaign, propose ways forward in combating racism and discrimination in online environments, make the role and say of young people clear in the Internet governance processes.

3-6 October, Bulgaria – A 15-member PACE delegation, led by Doris Fiala, will travel to Bulgaria to observe the conduct of the early parliamentary elections on 5 October, alongside observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).


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