“The humanitarian concerns resulting from the South Ossetia conflict needs to be addressed urgently by both parties”, says Commissioner for Human Rights
29.08.08 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, concluded yesterday his visit to the areas affected by the South Ossetia conflict by obtaining the release of ninety-eight civilians who had been detained by either party. Eighty-five detained civilians were...(>>>)
Another exchange of detainees organised by Commissioner Hammarberg
28.08.08 - Strasbourg,
During his continuing mission to the areas affected by the South Ossetian conflict, the Commissioner for Human Rights yesterday managed to organise another exchange of people detained between the two parties. From Tskhenvali, 85 persons were handed over to the Georgian authorities,...(>>>)
Video-record of the Press-Conference of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights on fact-finding visit to Georgia
28.08.08 - Tbilisi,
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, yesterday hold the Press-Conference at the Council of Europe Information Office in Georgia, on his fact-finding visit (22-28 August) in the areas affected by the South Ossetia conflict. (>>>)
Carl Bildt condemns Russia’s recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
26.08.08 - Strasbourg,
“I condemn the decision by President Medvedev to recognise the independence of the two Georgian regions of South-Ossetia and Abkhazia. This decision seriously jeopardises the possibility of a peaceful resolution of the conflict in line with the principles of international law....(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis: Russia cannot have it both ways
26.08.08 - Strasbourg,
“The unilateral recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by the Russian Federation violates the territorial integrity of a fellow Council of Europe member state. It jeopardises prospects for a negotiated settlement of the dispute about the future status of...(>>>)
PACE President strongly condemns Russia’s recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
26.08.08 - Strasbourg,
Lluís Maria de Puig, the President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), has strongly condemned Russia’s recognition of the independence of the Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. “When it became a member of the Council of Europe, Russia...(>>>)
Georgia: 17 detainees exchanged through the good offices of Commissioner Hammarberg
26.08.08 - Strasbourg,
During his mission to the areas affected by the South Ossetian conflict, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg visited on 24 August the town of Tskhinvali and neighboring Ossetian and Georgian villages that have suffered from the clashes. (>>>)
Georgia: PACE President calls for immediate and total withdrawal of Russian troops
26.08.08 - Strasbourg,
Lluís Maria de Puig, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (ACE), yesterday urged Russia to respect fully its commitments under the cease-fire agreement brokered by French President Sarkozy to end the conflict which recently erupted in Georgia....(>>>)
Russia and Georgia must abide by Council of Europe principles, said PACE monitoring co-rapporteur
26.08.08 - Strasbourg,
“Russia and Georgia are member states of the Council of Europe and they must abide by the principles the Organisation stands for: respect of human rights, humanitarian law and rule of law must be ensured by all means”, said Mr Van den Brande, co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary...(>>>)
The occupation by Russia of a part of Georgia is unacceptable, according to PACE co-rapporteurs
22.08.08 - Strasbourg,
“It is unthinkable that, in the 21st century, a member State of the Council of Europe invades the territory of another member State. The occupation by Russia of a part of Georgia, as well as the human rights violations in the territories under its control, are unacceptable and...(>>>)
Commissioner Hammarberg visits the Russian Federation and Georgia to assess the human rights situation and access to humanitarian assistance
21.08.08 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will start on Friday 22 August a fact-finding visit in the areas affected by the South Ossetia conflict. “The aim of the visit is to assess the human rights situation and the unhindered access of humanitarian...(>>>)
Video-record of the Press-Conference given by PACE monitoring rapporteurs on Georgia
21.08.08 - Tbilisi,
Mátyás Eörsi (Hungary, ALDE) and Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC), PACE Rapporteurs on the monitoring of the obligations and commitments by Georgia, have hold yesterday the Press-Conference on their snap visit to Tbilisi (18-21 August).(>>>)
Press-Conference of the PACE monitoring rapporteurs on Georgia
20.08.08 - Tbilisi,
Mátyás Eörsi (Hungary, ALDE) and Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC), PACE Rapporteurs on the monitoring of the obligations and commitments by Georgia, will hold the Press-Conference on their snap visit to Tbilisi (18-21 August), on Wednesday 20 August, 18.30, at the Council of Europe...(>>>)
PACE monitoring rapporteur on visit to Moscow to hold talks on the conflict in Georgia
20.08.08 - Strasbourg,
Luc Van den Brande (Belgium, EPP/CD), one of the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the monitoring of the obligations and commitments by Russia, will travel to Moscow today to collect information and discuss with the authorities their...(>>>)
Conflict in Georgia: visit of PACE monitoring rapporteurs on Georgia
18.08.08 - Strasbourg,
Mátyás Eörsi (Hungary, ALDE) and Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC), PACE Rapporteurs on the monitoring of the obligations and commitments by Georgia, will travel to Tbilisi to collect information on the ground and discuss the situation at the highest political level.(>>>)
Georgia/Russia: PACE President welcomes the peace agreement, but declares that human rights violations must not go unpunished
14.08.08 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Lluís Maria de Puig, expressed hope as he welcomed the acceptance by Georgia and Russia, both of which are member states of the Organisation and parties to the European Convention on Human Rights, of...(>>>)
European Court of Human Rights - European Court of Human Rights grants request for interim measures
13.08.08 - Strasbourg,
The European Court of Human Rights has yesterday indicated to the Government of the Russian Federation interim measures under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court. On 11 August 2008 the Georgian Government requested the Court to indicate to the Government of the Russian Federation...(>>>)
Situation in Georgia - Statement by Carl Bildt, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, on his visit to Georgia
12.08.08 - Strasbourg,
“The peaceful solution of conflicts is a general principle of the Council of Europe. Both Georgia and the Russian Federation have committed themselves, when they joined the organisation, to settle all conflicts by peaceful means. This commitment must be respected, and so must...(>>>)
Situation in Georgia - Statement by Carl Bildt, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
11.08.08 - Strasbourg,
"I urge the Russian Federation, Georgia and the separatist South Ossetian and Abkhaz administrations to immediately enter into a cease-fire, in order to stop hostilities. I call upon the parties to agree to direct talks and to cooperate in international efforts in order to achieve...(>>>)
“Stop the killing”, says Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis
09.08.08 - Strasbourg,
“I am very concerned about reports of hundreds of people having been killed in Georgia. I urge everyone to stop the shooting and stop the bombing and get round a conference table. A total ceasefire is the only way to stop the killing.”(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis: protect the civilian population in Georgia
08.08.08 - Strasbourg,
“The human toll of the escalation of the conflict in Georgia continues to rise and the country is now on the edge of a full-scale war which would have devastating consequences for the people in the region. Everyone should refrain from any action which endangers the lives of the...(>>>)
South Ossetia: PACE President calls for an end to the violence
08.08.08 - Strasbourg,
On behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), its President, Lluís Maria de Puig, has issued an urgent call for an immediate end to all violence in South Ossetia.(>>>)