Call for 'greater co-operation from authorities'
Renditions in Germany: a 'conscientious' parliamentary inquiry
Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE), former rapporteur of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on secret detentions and illegal transfers of detainees in Europe, made a statement in Berlin to the Bundestag Committee of Inquiry responsible for investigating the possible involvement of the German authorities. (More)
A monitoring procedure 'complex and ambiguous'
PACE monitoring of Russia: ‘measurable progress’ but less than expected
Russia has made “measurable progress” in several areas in fulfilling its obligations to the Council of Europe, but this is “less important than we had hoped for and expected after a nearly five-year period”, especially on some key commitments, according to a new assessment by PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs. (More)
Georgia-Russia: PACE President welcomes the dialogue instituted between the parliamentary delegations
'Clichés root in the collective sub-conscience'
Not enough news coverage of women, says PACE
“The media have enormous potential to foster gender equality, but they tend to perpetuate negative portrayals of women, focusing for the most part on their physical or emotional attributes and confining them all too often to stereotypical roles”, said Doris Stump (Switzerland, SOC) at a hearing held in Paris by the PACE’s Equality Committee. (More)
“There are no winners from this conflict”
Corien Jonker: ‘Humanitarian scars of South Ossetian conflict run deep’
“Following my visit to South Ossetia, I am greatly concerned by the humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia, and the humanitarian scars left by the conflict,” said Corien Jonker, Chair of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), at the end of her two-day visit to the region on 13 and 14 March 2009. (More)
Inside pollution is just as harmful as outdoor pollution
PACE warns of chronic diseases linked to the environment
“An increasing number of scientific studies are showing the links that exist between certain pollutants and given types of illnesses, such as allergies, respiratory disorders, reproductive problems or diseases of the central nervous system,” said Jean Huss (Luxembourg, SOC), rapporteur of the PACE Committee of the Environment. (More)
'Our duty is to ensure protection for the vulnerable'
With the crisis upon us, protection of social and economic rights has priority
'Social peace is sorely tried in all our countries by the current financial and economic crisis,' the Assembly President pointed out in Strasbourg when addressing the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. 'Closer co-ordination and greater solidarity among our member states are essential', he said. (More)
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