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Statement by the Committee on Culture on the change of the status of Hagia Sophia

At its meeting, which was held today by videoconference, the Committee on Culture has adopted a statement indicating that the change of the status of Hagia Sophia, from a museum into a mosque, was “a discriminatory step backwards, that clearly undermines Turkey’s secular identity and... More

Make the world more ‘autism-friendly’, urges PACE

The time has come to make the world more ‘autism-friendly’, PACE’s Standing Committee has urged, calling for “person-centred and life-long support” for people with autism and their families. In a resolution based on a report by Sevinj Fataliyeva (Azerbaijan, EC/DA), approved today during a... More

Ensuring effective guardianship for unaccompanied and separated migrant children

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting today by videoconference, underlined the essential role of guardians in ensuring protection and respect of the fundamental rights of unaccompanied and separated migrant children. “Guardianship systems are not harmonised across Europe and differ from country to... More

Ending attacks and discrimination against NGOs assisting refugees and migrants

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting today by videoconference, strongly condemned attacks on NGOs and their donors assisting refugees and migrants, stressing that such attacks could take the form of “physical violence, legal obstacles, judicial, administrative or fiscal harassment, smear... More

Investment migration must not become a tool for international money laundering

National programmes for the award of citizenship, residence permits and tax domiciles to foreign investors must respect the legal standards set by the Council of Europe, as well as relevant international legal standards designed to prevent corruption, money laundering and terrorists financing... More

Protecting and assisting victims of arbitrary displacement

The Migration Committee, meeting by videoconference, today expressed its deep concern over victims of arbitrary displacement. The report by Fabien Gouttefarde (France, ALDE), unanimously adopted by the committee, indicates that, according to the UNHCR, nearly 80 million persons have been... More