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Thorbjørn Jagland: Russian people would suffer most if Russia leaves the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe Secretary General urged the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers to sit down and work concretely on clarifying the rules and the distribution of power between the two organs. More

Call for stronger rules on conducting referendums

PACE has called for stronger guidelines on conducting referendums – including that any question put should be “as clear as possible” and voters should have access to “balanced and quality information”. More

Targeted sanctions for perpetrators of serious human rights violations

Adopting a resolution based on a report by Donald Anderson, the Assembly reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against impunity of perpetrators of serious human rights violations and against corruption as a threat to the rule of law. More

PACE stresses the need to protect human rights, regardless of religious practices

The Assembly expressed concern about the fact that Sharia law, including provisions which are in clear contradiction with the Convention on Human Rights, were applied either officially or unofficially in several member States. More

Timo Soini: “a multilateral co-operation to prevent instability and conflict”

“We need effective rules-based multilateral co-operation to prevent instability and conflicts, and the Council of Europe is an important forum in this context,” said Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland. More

PACE elects Raffaele Sabato judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Italy

The European Court of Human Rights The Parliamentary Assembly today elected Raffaele Sabato as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Italy. Mr Sabato is elected for a term of office of nine years which shall commence as from 4 May 2019. More