An opportunity for encounter and for receptiveness
PACE reaches out to religious leaders to help create ‘a new culture of living together’
Following a debate which brought together leading religious figures from across Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called for “a new culture of living together” based on the assertion of everyone’s equal dignity and adherence to the Council of Europe’s basic principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Approving a recommendation based on a report by Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue, the parliamentarians called on Europe’s governments to set up a new “platform for dialogue”. (More)
Report: The religious dimension of intercultural dialogue (Anne Brasseur, Luxembourg, ALDE)
Recep Tayyip Erdogan : 'Turkey needs Europe, Europe needs Turkey'
Democracy, human rights and the rule of law are as important as ever
61 years after Turkey ratified the statute of the Council of Europe, the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his address to the Assembly, paid tribute to the organisation’s work against all forms of discrimination and in pursuit of respect for human dignity. (More)
Address by Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Video of the speech
Involving families, teachers and pupils
PACE calls for education against violence
PACE expressed serious concern about the high number of acts of violence committed in schools, mainly involving attacks by pupils with or without weapons, bullying and harassment among pupils, sexual violence and acts of hostility or even aggression against teachers by pupils. (More)
A clear political will to fight corruption
Georgia: PACE welcomes progress
but continues the monitoring procedure
Adopting a resolution on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, the Assembly welcomed “the significant efforts” made by the authorities in honouring their remaining obligations and the “considerable progress” achieved since the last monitoring report adopted in 2008, but decided to continue its monitoring procedure “pending further progress” on key issues. (More)
Provision of microcredits should be facilitated
Call on European governments for measures
to improve the situation of rural women
The Assembly asked European governments for specific legal, economic and social measures to improve the situation of rural women. The Assembly members stressed that unemployment, poverty and low quality or absence of basic services particularly affected rural women, as did stereotyped roles and subordinate status, the outcome of traditional attitudes. (More)
Europe should tackle the root causes of the influx
‘Boat people’ from North Africa are the
responsibility of all Europe, says PACE
All European states should share collectively the responsibility for dealing with the arrival of large numbers of irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on Europe’s southern shores following events in North Africa, according to PACE. (More)
Effective independent investigations
PACE’s Human Rights Prize awarded to the Russian NGO 'Committee against Torture'
The Assembly decided to award its 2011 Human Rights Prize to the Russian NGO “Committee against Torture” (Komitet Protiv Pytok), in recognition of the organisation’s key role in assisting victims of serious human rights abuses. This is the second time the 10,000-euro biennial Prize, which honours “outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe”, has been awarded. (More)
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