11 juillet 2019

PACE ratifies Russian delegation’s credentials

Conseil de l'EuropePACE has voted to ratify the credentials of the Russian delegation after they were challenged on substantial grounds on the second day of its plenary session in Strasbourg, declaring that it remained “committed to dialogue as a means of reaching lasting solutions”. More...

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‘The Council of Europe's pan-European heritage must be preserved’

Conseil de l'Europe“Portugal has owed the Council of Europe a permanent inspiration since 1976, on which our democratic consensus has largely been based, which requires a long-term commitment, a permanent requirement of institutions and citizens,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, speaking today before the Assembly. More...

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It is time to end coercion in mental health

Conseil de l'EuropeMy experience as your Human Rights Commissioner has only confirmed these findings and the vicious circles caused by a coercion-based mental health approach. More...

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Istanbul Convention: Assembly welcomes positive impact and urges states to implement it

Conseil de l'EuropePACE today reaffirmed “its firm support” for the Istanbul Convention, “the most advanced and comprehensive international legal instrument on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence”. According to the Assembly, this Convention – entered into force on 1 August 2014, ratified by 34 member States and signed by 11 others and the EU – has already had a tangible impact, as higher legislative and policy standards have been introduced in national law in several member States, and it has raised awareness among victims and society in general. More...

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Public perceptions of low corruption levels may be misleading

Conseil de l'EuropeIn its annual report, GRECO reviews action taken by its 49 member states against corruption in 2018, notably in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors, as well as its most recent evaluation round focusing on preventing corruption in central governments and law enforcement agencies. More...

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PACE affirms its members’ rights ‘to vote, to speak and to be represented in the Assembly and its bodies’

Conseil de l'EuropeThe Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided that its members’ “rights to vote, to speak and to be represented in the Assembly and its bodies shall not be suspended or withdrawn in the context of a challenge to or reconsideration of credentials”. More...

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Montenegro: positive changes to religious property rights but more clarity needed

Conseil de l'EuropeThe Venice Commission in its opinion published today welcomes “genuine efforts” of the Montenegrin authorities to replace the 1977 Law on legal position of religious communities with a new modern Law on freedom of religion and beliefs. More...

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‘We must preserve the pan-European dimension of the Council of Europe’

Conseil de l'Europe“As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, we can measure the progress made since 1949 and the fact that this organisation is more essential than ever to promote our common values and foster economic and social progress on our continent,” said Amélie de Montchalin, French Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs, representing the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, addressing the Assembly today. More...

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'We must shoulder our responsibilities to defend the common interests of all Europeans'

Conseil de l'Europe“The part-session which we are starting today is taking place in extraordinary circumstances. Our Organisation is going through a crisis which has serious implications for the European human rights protection system and for the stability and sustainability of our own institutions,” the PACE President stressed at the opening of the session. More...

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Istanbul mayoral vote: well-organised and transparent under tense circumstances

Conseil de l'EuropeA delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, led by Andrew Dawson (United Kingdom, CRE), Rapporteur and Head of the delegation, observed the re-run of the mayoral election in Istanbul on 23 June 2019. At the invitation of the Turkish authorities, 14 observers from 13 different European countries visited some 90 Ballot Box Committees in about 30 districts of Istanbul. More...

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