The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will hold a joint debate on public service media in the context of disinformation and propaganda and media freedom as a condition for democratic elections. A second joint debate will focus on discrimination in access to employment and the need for a disability-inclusive workforce.
PACE will examine the compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights. It is also invited to assess if withdrawing nationality as a measure to combat terrorism is a human rights-compatible approach.
Other debates will focus on fighting impunity by targeted sanctions in the case of Sergei Magnitsky and others, the promotion of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities and Internet governance and human rights.
Two urgent debates have been requested, one on “Open Russian aggression against Ukraine: disruption of the peace process and a threat to European security” and a second one on “the worsening situation of opposition politicians in Turkey: what to do to protect their fundamental rights in a Council of Europe member State?”.
Moreover, the President and the Foreign Minister of Finland, as well as the Secretary General of the Council of Europe will address the Assembly.
At a short ceremony in the plenary on 21 January just before 1 pm, PACE members will pledge to take action in their national parliaments to eradicate sexism, harassment and violence against women, following the initiative by the Assembly’s President #NotInMyParliament.