PACE winter session: Strasbourg, 21-25 January 2019

At its winter session, 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. More

New walls against migrants ‘morally unacceptable’, says committee

On the eve of International Migrants’ Day (18 December), the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced persons, in a statement, called for the respect of migrants’ fundamental rights.  More

Design competition for the new Europe Prize trophy

The Committee on Social Affairs is launching a competition for the attention of art, design or architecture students from one of the Organisation’s 47 member States to create a new Trophy for the Europe Prize. More

Rules Committee clarifies the list of possible 'sanctions' in the event of a challenge to credentials

In the event of a challenge to the credentials of a national delegation, the Parliamentary Assembly may not question the right of Assembly members to take part in the election of senior Council of Europe officials. More

New guidelines for fair referendums

Political Affairs Committee unanimously adopted a draft resolution aimed at updating the Venice Commission’s Code of Good Practice on Referendums, following, in particular, the increasing use of referendums. More

Sharia versus the Convention on Human Rights: protect human rights regardless of religious practices

The committee is greatly concerned that Sharia law, including provisions clearly contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights, is applied officially or unofficially in several Council of Europe member states. More

Albania: co-rapporteurs call on ruling majority and opposition to cooperate, evaluate judicial reform

Tirana (Albania) © Shutterstock Stressing that the political environment in Albania remained 'polarised, contentious and acrimonious', Andrej Hunko and Joseph O'Reilly urged the ruling majority to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the opposition on key reforms. More

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