Committee head urges more help for persecuted religious groups in Iraq

Theodora Bakoyannis has called on the international community to send humanitarian aid to religious groups in Iraq threatened by the terrorist insurgency there and to help restore security. More

Presidential candidates in Turkey able to campaign freely, but playing field not level

Three candidates, representing different political positions, were generally able to campaign freely, and freedoms of assembly and association were respected in the presidential election in Turkey, international election observers said toda More

65th anniversary of the Parliamentary Assembly

PACE President Anne Brasseur On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Assembly which met for the first time on 10 August 1949, Ms Brasseur paid tribute to the past members and Presidents, and thanked them for “not giving up on the European dream”. More

PACE rapporteur denounces arrest of Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus on treason charges

Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE) A few weeks ago, I expressed concern about the severe judicial and administrative harassment of Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus. Today, I must denounce her arrest and detention, said Mailis Reps. More

Entry into force of the Istanbul Convention: declaration by José Mendes Bota

José Mendes-Bota (Portugal, EPP/CD) Today, the Council of Europe Convention on the prevention and fight against violence against women and domestic violence enters into force in 11 member States. It is a historic day for women's rights, said José Mendes Bota. More

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