Week in brief 20-26 October 2014

PACE observes parliamentary elections in Tunisia
23-27 October, Tunisia – A Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) delegation, headed by Andreas Gross, observes 26 October parliamentary elections. The team is due to meet Tunisia’s interim President and Prime Minister as well as the President of the National Constituent Assembly, election officials and leaders of the parties running in the election, before observing the voting.
A press conference is foreseen at 11 a.m. on Monday 27 October.

PACE observes early parliamentary elections in Ukraine
24-28 October, Ukraine – A 36-member PACE delegation, led by Christopher Chope, will observe the conduct of the early parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The delegation will meet, in particular, leaders and representatives of political parties running in the election as well as election officials, media and NGO representatives before observing the voting on 26 October. A member of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission will provide legal advice.
A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 27 October at the Fairmont Hotel, Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska Street 1, in Kyiv (time to be confirmed).

Dealing drugs on the dark net with virtual money: What challenges does law enforcement face?
28-29 October, Strasbourg – A closed conference organised by the Council of Europe’s drug policy experts the Pompidou Group will gather law enforcement officials from throughout Europe to assess how they can more effectively follow the trail of virtual money and track criminals on the dark net. One-to-one interviews with media on the sidelines of the conference can be organised.
Contacts: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 3 90 21 50 27 or Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35


28 October, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver in writing 10 judgments concerning Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
More informationECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

29 October, Strasbourg – The Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) will publish the “Preliminary observations” made by its delegation which visited Finland in September 2014.

30 October, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver in writing 9 judgments concerning France, Greece, Portugal, Russia and Ukraine.
More informationECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

30-31 October, Madrid – On 30 October, the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights will organise hearings on “Access to justice and the Internet: potential and challenges” and on “How to prevent inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe”. It is also due to adopt reports on “Drones and targeted killings: the need to uphold human rights” and on “Witness protection as an indispensable tool in the fight against organised crime and terrorism in Europe”. The meeting will be opened by the Spanish Minister of Home Affairs. On 31 October, the members of the Committee will participate in a seminar on “The role of national parliaments in the implementation of judgements of the European Court of Human Rights”, organised by the PACE Parliamentary Project Support Division. PACE President Anne Brasseur will participate in the seminar.



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