PACE President urges political leaders to show zero tolerance for hate speech

Liliane Maury Pasquier, in a statement to mark the European Day for the Victims of Hate Crime (22 July), has urged political leaders to show 'zero tolerance' for hate speech and the stigmatising of individuals or groups. More

More efforts needed for refugees’ reception on Greek islands

The situation for asylum seekers continues to be appalling in the Moria reception and identification Centre on the island of Lesbos, which houses 7500 people at present, said Petra De Sutter who visited Athens, Kavala, Drama and Lesbos. More

PACE rapporteur reacts to executions in Japan

“The death penalty is never justice, however horrifying the original crime, it is simply wrong,” said Yves Cruchten, the General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty, reacting to news of a series of executions in Japan. More

Istanbul Pride ban: peaceful Pride marches should be protected, not stopped

The decision of the governor of Istanbul to ban the Istanbul Pride march of 1 July 2018, for the fourth year in a row, is a deeply regrettable breach of the fundamental right to freedom of assembly, said Piet De Bruyn. More

A plan for curbing the deliberate destruction or illegal trafficking of cultural heritage

PACE has spelled out a series of steps member States can take to stop the illegal trafficking or – worse – the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage objects, including in architecturally sensitive combat zones. More

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