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General environment not appropriate for democratic elections, says PACE pre-electoral delegation to Azerbaijan

A delegation was in Baku to assess the pre-electoral climate of the early parliamentary elections. It stressed that there was a lot of room for improvement and that the period of time left until election day should allow some improvements. More

The Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova to address PACE winter session

At its winter session from 27 to 31 January, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will elect its new President and hear addresses by the Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova. More

PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Azerbaijan

A Parliamentary Assembly delegation is to make a pre-electoral visit to Azerbaijan on 22-23 January to assess the election campaign and political climate ahead of the 9 February early parliamentary elections. More

Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020: call for nominations

Vaclav Havel © Shutterstock The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, has today issued a call for nominations for the 2020 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. More

Albania: rapporteurs welcome agreement between opposition and ruling majority on electoral reform

Tirana (Albania) © Shutterstock The monitoring co-rapporteurs for Albania welcomed the agreement reached between the main opposition parties, the parliamentary opposition and the ruling majority on the framework of co-operation on electoral reform. More

Rapporteur condemns exclusion of candidates from Azerbaijani elections as ‘undemocratic’

Sunna Ævarsdottir, rapporteur on ‘reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan’, today condemned the exclusion of Ilgar Mammadov and other potential candidates from the parliamentary elections on 9 February. More