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Stop jailing journalists: Turkey and Azerbaijan must uphold Council of Europe standards

Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), General Rapporteur on media freedom and the safety of journalists for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has today expressed concern over the detention of journalists, an appalling phenomenon which has been observed for many years... More

“Depriving trans and intersex people of legal gender recognition in Hungary is intolerable”, says General Rapporteur

“The Hungarian Parliament’s enactment this week of a law designed to prevent trans and intersex people from obtaining legal recognition of their gender identity is a flagrant breach of human rights,” declared PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, Fourat Ben Chikha (Belgium, SOC... More

The Europe Prize Sub-Committee awards twenty-six distinctions

The Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize decided on 19 May 2020 to award 8 Plaques of Honour (to municipalities in France, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine), 6 Flags of Honour (to municipalities in Germany, Poland, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine) and 12 European Diplomas (to municipalities in... More

COVID-19: ‘Drawing lessons from the pandemic is instrumental in order to respond to future health crisis,’ said participants at a hearing

“The member States' health systems will have to strive to adapt in order to be able to better cope in the future with a health emergency such as COVID-19, while respecting fundamental rights and freedoms,” said Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL) who was appointed yesterday as rapporteur on the lessons... More

Armenia: PACE monitor welcomes request for Council of Europe expert legal advice

“The Armenian authorities have decided to request the opinion of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe’s body of legal experts – on possible changes to the Constitution regarding the Constitutional Court and this is very good news,” said the co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of... More

Addressing sexual violence against children, a political priority

PACE Committee on Social Affairs has called on Council of Europe member States “to make addressing sexual violence against children a political priority, to make full use of the available resources and to step up their action and increase co-operation”.During a virtual meeting held today, the... More