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Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis takes office as Secretary General of the Assembly

Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis begins today her mandate as Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly. The first woman to occupy this post since the Assembly's creation in 1949, she was elected by parliamentarians on 26 January for a 5-year term of office at the last PACE session held in... More

PACE monitors extremely concerned by developments in Armenia

“We are extremely concerned by recent developments in Armenia,” said PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Armenia, Boriana Åberg (Sweden, EPP/CD) and Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland, SOC). “In particular, we found the statement issued yesterday by the office of the General Staff of the Armed... More

Georgia monitors react to Tbilisi raid and arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia

The PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have expressed their concern at developments in Tbilisi. “While no-one should be above the law, the police raid on the UNM Headquarters and the arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia... More

PACE monitors welcome return of Turkish opposition MP to parliament

The PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey, Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA), have welcomed yesterday’s return to parliament of MP Enis Berberoğlu, a member of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). “The protection of parliamentary... More

Georgia monitors express deep concern at illegal sentencing of Georgian citizen

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have today expressed their deep concern at the illegal sentencing of Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze to twelve years imprisonment by a so-called court in... More

The Gulag History Museum (Moscow, Russian Federation) wins 2021 Museum Prize

The 2021 Council of Europe Museum Prize has been awarded to Gulag History Museum (Moscow, Russian Federation). The museum was selected by the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) meeting today. The Gulag History Museum documents mass repression and... More