Winter Session: addresses by European Commission President and Irish President

Addresses by the President of the European Commission and the President of Ireland, as well as a debate on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine are among highlights of the Winter session 2015. More

Presidential election in Tunisia: an exemplary poll

Andreas GROSS, Switzerland, SOC “With the free and democratic election of their President, which was of superlative quality, the men and women of Tunisia were able to offer themselves the finest New Year gift that a democrat can imagine,” said Andreas Gross.  More

60th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention

PACE President Anne Brasseur “We have to intensify our efforts and recognise culture as a major catalyst for promoting the respect of human rights” said Anne Brasseur on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention. More

PACE rapporteur expresses concern after the wave of arrests in Turkey

Josette Durrieu (France, SOC) Josette Durrieu (France, SOC), PACE Rapporteur on post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey, expressed her “profound concern” after the wave of arrests that took place last weekend, including arrests of journalists.  More

Harassment of PACE Human Rights Prize winner needs urgent investigation

James Clappison (United Kingdom, EDG) I strongly denounce the latest harassment of human rights defenders in Chechnya, particularly the Committee against Torture headed by Igor Kalyapin, 2011 PACE Human Rights Prize winner, James Clappison said. More

Recommendations for regulating post-electoral shifting in political affiliation

Jordi Xucla (Spain, ALDE) Changes in political affiliation by parliamentarians during their mandates are a common phenomenon in many member states. Yet this nomadism raises questions on political opportunism, the committee concluded. More

“Stop using language which discriminates against migrants”

2014 has been another deadly year for migrants in the Mediterranean. According to UNHCR data, at least 207,000 people have embarked on risky journeys, while 3,400 have reputedly died trying to reach Europe,” said Anne Brasseur. More

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