Debates on combating rising hate against LGBTI people in Europe and on alleged violations of their rights in the Southern Caucasus, on business and values in football governance - with an intervention by FIFA President Giovanni Infantino – on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, and on the role of the media in times of crisis, are among highlights of the 2022 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
On 27 January Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will participate in a special event to mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, with the participation of French Education, Youth and Sports Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer, and video speeches and video messages from survivors. The event will be followed by a debate on the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe.
At the opening of the Session, the Assembly will elect its new President. Željko Komšić, Chairperson of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will also address the parliamentarians. The Assembly will also hold its usual exchange of views with the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will present her communication to the Assembly.
Also on the agenda are debates on the EU pact on migration and asylum seen from a human rights perspective, children's right to be heard in a democracy and on climate change, enforced disappearances on Council of Europe territory, and the functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia.
The Assembly will decide its final agenda at the opening of the Session.
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Due to the health situation, the Palais de l'Europe will not be accessible to journalists, who are invited to follow the plenary debates online, which will be broadcast live (in French, English, German, Italian and Russian) on PACE’s website.
Annual press conference of the European Court of Human Rights
25 January, Strasbourg and online event (9.30 a.m.) – The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Robert Spano, will present a summary of the Court’s activities and its statistics for 2021.