[23/05/2013]PACE Standing Committee meeting will be held in Yerevan on Friday 31 May 2013 under the Armenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. On this occasion, PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon will hold high-level meetings with the President of the Republic Serzh Sargsyan, the Speaker of the National Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian.
PACE General rapporteur on LGBT rights expresses concern at repeated infringements of freedom of expression and assembly
[24/05/2013]Hċkon Haugli, General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), today made the following statement: "Freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly are pillars of democratic life in any country..."(more..)
Situation of Transgender persons: education is the passport to the future
[24/05/2013]At the end of a hearing on the situation of transgender persons, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination decided to further discuss the issue with a view to improve the situation of transgender persons particularly in the fields of health care, transphobic hate crime and gender recognition.
Political Affairs and Democracy
Parliamentary contribution to solving the Western Sahara conflict: visit of the Rapporteur of the PACE
[24/05/2013]Liliane Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC), PACE Rapporteur of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy on the parliamentary contribution to solving the Western Sahara conflict, currently on a visit to Rabat and to Laayoune (21-24 May 2013), has met with national and local Moroccan authorities, members of Parliament, representatives of the international community and Sahrawi civil society, as well as defenders of human rights.
PACE President to make official visit to Azerbaijan
[24/05/2013]PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon will make an official visit to Azerbaijan from 26 to 28 May, during which he is due to meet the President of the Republic, the Speaker of Parliament, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the leaders of the political parties in Parliament, and members of the Parliamentary Committee on international and inter-parliamentary relations.
PACE President to make official visit to Georgia
[24/05/2013]PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon will make an official visit to Georgia from 28 to 29 May, during which he is due to meet the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of Parliament, the Minister for Foreign Affairs...(more..)
Václav Havel Human Rights Prize
Call for nominations for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize
[14/05/2013]Wojciech Sawicki, the PACE Secretary General, has issued a call for nominations for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which will be awarded for the first time on 30 September next in Strasbourg.
Parliamentarians debate media regulation at London conference
[23/05/2013]The question of how far media should regulate themselves or be regulated by the state was debated this week by participants at a London conference on the role of national parliaments in media regulation in Europe.(more..)