Elections in Kyrgyzstan were competitive and offered voters a wide range of choice

“Yesterday, voting was transparent, and voters made their choice freely among a large number of contestants,” said Meritxell Mateu Pi, Head of the PACE Delegation, regarding the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan. More

Pretrial detention should be used only as ‘a last resort’

Pedro Agramunt (Spain, EPP/CD) Pretrial detention should be used only “exceptionally, as a last resort,” said the Parliamentary Assembly at the end of a debate which was held in Strasbourg today during the plenary session. More

Call for laws giving fathers an equal role in raising children

PACE is urging Europe’s governments to ensure that fathers can play an equal part in the upbringing of their children, pointing out that the role of dads, "needs to be be better recognised and properly valued”. More

Anti-doping strategy: priority to preventive work with young athletes

The parliamentarians said that preventive work with young amateur and semi-professional athletes and the fight against trafficking “should be among the priorities of the anti-doping strategy”. More

President expresses concern at attack on Hürriyet columnist

Raising the issue with the head of the Turkish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, President Anne Brasseur called on the authorities to promptly conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation. More

Freedom of religion 'without impediment and without discrimination'

Rafael Huseynov (Azerbaijan, ALDE) Religious communities should be able to exercise the right to freedom of religion “without impediment and without discrimination” and to practise their faith publicly and freely in accordance with their own rites, said PACE. More

Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2015 awarded to Ludmilla Alexeeva

The third Václav Havel Human Rights Prize has been awarded to veteran Russian human rights defender Ludmilla Alexeeva. The €60 000 prize was presented in Strasbourg, on the opening day of the Assembly's Plenary Session. More

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