The Court has now ‘come to a limit’
Angela Merkel calls on Russia to adopt Protocol No. 14 on reform of the Human Rights Court
In a speech to the Parliamentary Assembly on 15 April, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called upon the Russian Federation to adopt Protocol 14 to the European Convention of Human Rights. After visiting the Human Rights Court earlier in the day – where she noted that 50,000 applications are examined per year – she stressed that that the Court has now 'come to a limit' and must be 'properly reformed.' She thanked members of the Russian Duma for their lobbying to have Protocol 14 adopted in the Russian Federation. (More)
Ivan Gasparovic: 'The Council of Europe should look only forward'
Yulia Tymoshenko: 'Ukraine intends to continue its European integration'
Bernard Kouchner: 'The defence of peace goes hand-in-hand with the upholding of human rights
Thomas Hammarberg presents his annual report
Spring Session: Strasbourg, 14-18 April 2008
Council of Europe member states should guarantee ‘right to access to a safe and legal abortion’
PACE called on the Council of Europe's member states to decriminalise abortion, within reasonable gestational limits, if they have not already done so, and to guarantee womens’ “right to access to a safe and legal abortion”. The Assembly adopted the resolution by 102 votes to 69 after a four-hour debate and deciding on 72 amendments. (More)
China has 'a unique opportunity'
Committee calls for pressure on China ahead of Olympics
PACE’s Political Affairs Committee has called for “consistent and coherent” international pressure on China ahead of the Olympic Games to improve its record in the fields of democracy, the rule of law and human rights, including freedom of expression. (More)
An integral part of education for European citizenship
PACE urges governments to promote teaching of European literature
PACE called on the member states to promote the teaching of Europe’s literary heritage and introduce new ways of teaching literature, reflecting its European dimension. “Learning about European literature is an integral part of education for European citizenship”, said Jacques Legendre (France, EPP/CD), rapporteur for the Culture Committee. (More)
For Amin Maalouf, Europe inspires ‘‘pride entirely stripped of arrogance’’
Measures to better control immigration from sub-Saharan Africa
Migrants have the right to be treated humanely
In order to better control immigration from sub-Saharan Africa into Europe, PACE called on European governments for more and better information on how sub-Saharan migratory flows work, more humane and secure removals and closer harmonisation of European legislation. (More)
A major public health problem
PACE sees prevention of teenage suicide as a political priority
The Assembly issued an appeal to member states to take a series of measures aiding risk detection and prevention of child and teenage suicide, including repeated attempts. “It is crucial that governments recognise teenage suicide as a major public health problem and implement appropriate health and welfare policies to prevent such despairing acts,” said the rapporteur, Bernard Marquet (Monaco, ALDE). (More)
Action against hate speech is needed
Muslim communities and governments must join forces to combat extremism invoking the name of Islam
PACE asked the Council of Europe member states to take joint action with Muslim communities to combat political extremism invoking the name of Islam. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Assembly called on governments to combat Islamophobia, take action against hate speech and ensure respect for human rights when enforcing anti-terrorist measures. (More)
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