PACE rapporteurs welcome the release of AI Turkey Chair Taner Kılıç, ask for all charges to be dropped

"We welcome the release of Taner Kılıç, Honorary Chair of Amnesty International Turkey and also reiterate our call to drop all the terror-related charges still pending against him," said Marianne Mikko and Nigel Evans. More

President relieved at the release of Mr Mammadov, calls to free all other persons detained because of their critical views

Liliane Maury Pasquier expressed her relief at the release of Ilgar Mammadov, leader of the opposition civic movement ReAl in Azerbaijan, who had served more than five years in prison. More

PACE President welcomes the end of the Turkish derogation in time of emergency under Article 15 of the ECHR

"The formal notification by the Turkish authorities to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on 8 August, is to be welcomed," PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier said today.  More

All speeches by heads of state and government to PACE since 1949 online

The full speeches by all heads of state or government who have addressed the Assembly since its creation in 1949 have been placed online. The archive on the Assembly’s website features a total of 263 speeches. More

As we remember the past, it is urgent to strengthen the fight against anti-Gypsyism

“Even as we pay tribute to the victims of the Roma genocide perpetrated during the Second World War, there are alarming signs that anti-Gypsyism is still rife in Europe,” said Gabriela Heinrich. More

PACE rapporteur condemns two death sentences issued by Gaza Court

Yves Cruchten (Luxembourg, SOC), PACE rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has strongly condemned two death sentences issued by Gaza Court of First Instance on 26 July. More

Call for greater determination in tackling human trafficking

“It is high time for Europe to fight human trafficking and smuggling with more determination and much more effectively,” said PACE President. Vernon Coaker is preparing a report on concerted action on human trafficking. More

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