The Croatian and Slovak Prime Ministers as well as the Luxembourg Foreign Minister will address members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), who will elect their new President.
Among the items on the agenda is the protection of human rights defenders as well as new restrictions on NGO activities in member states.
The Assembly will discuss the humanitarian situation of refugees in the countries neighbouring Syria and will hold a joint debate on the extra-territorial processing of asylum claims and the creation of safe refugee shelters abroad as well as the human rights impact of the external dimension of EU asylum and migration policy, with the participation of Dimitrios Vitsas, Minister of Immigration Policy of Greece.
Forced marriage in Europe and the balance between the best interest of the child and the need to keep families together are also scheduled for debate. Also on the agenda are the persecution of LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic, the deliberate destruction and illegal trafficking of cultural heritage, and women in the economy.
An urgent debate has been requested on “Threats to the health and life of Ukrainian prisoners in the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea”.