Broad public trust in Armenian elections needs to be preserved through further electoral reforms

The 9 December early parliamentary elections in Armenia were held with respect for fundamental freedoms and enjoyed broad public trust that needs to be preserved through further electoral reforms, the international observers concluded today More

New guidelines for fair referendums

PACE’s Political Affairs Committee today 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

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

President calls for ‘a new momentum’ for achieving gender equality, cites good practice

Liliane Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC) Achieving genuine gender equality in practice is “both necessary and possible” and is a matter of political will, Parliamentary Assembly President Liliane Maury Pasquier has told a conference in Tallinn. More

A PACE delegation at the UN ponders how to uphold common values in challenging times

New challenges to human rights and the need to strengthen co-operation between the Council of Europe and the UN were the focus of discussions as a PACE delegation met high-level UN officials this week.  More

Liliane Maury Pasquier pays tribute to Ludmilla Alexeeva

Liliane Maury Pasquier, today paid tribute to Ludmilla Alexeeva, a long-time Russian human rights defender and winner of the 2015 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize Václav Havel, who died in Moscow today. More

PACE President reflects on 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On 10 December 1948, the 58 member states that constituted the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It has notably inspired the European Convention on Human Rights. More

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