Pre-electoral mission to Armenia: transparency of electoral process but fears that irregularities could recur

The delegation supports the opinion of the Venice Commission, which concluded that the electoral legislation allows for the organisation of free and democratic elections, if it is applied in good faith and if there is a political will. More

PACE co-rapporteurs carry out a monitoring visit to Albania

Tirana (Albania) © Shutterstock Andrej Hunko and Joseph O'Reilly, co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Albania, will make a fact-finding visit to that country from 27 February to 1 March 2017, as part of their regular monitoring visits. More

Rapporteur urges Russia to drop charges against journalist in Crimea

PACE rapporteur Marieluise Beck has urged Russia to drop the charges against Mykola Semena, a Crimean journalist whose trial for “separatism” and related offences is due to begin today. More

Tirana: parliamentary seminar on ‘Freedom of expression in the media’

A seminar on freedom of expression in the media will be held in Tirana on 24 February. It aims at providing an enhanced dialogue on the issue, between parliamentarians of Albania and other members of Parliaments of the '47'.  More

Berlin: conference on the rise of online hate and conspiracy theories

There is an increasing number of instances of online hate speech and conspiracy theories. What is the reason for this? Who are the victims? Does online hate speech give rise to real violence against particular groups?  More

Rapporteur alarmed by the emergency decree decriminalising certain forms of corruption in Romania

"I am seriously alarmed by the Romanian government’s emergency decree, given immediate effect, which will decriminalise many, even serious cases of corruption and abuse of public office", said Bernd Fabritius. More

Making the most out of Kyrgyz Parliament’s partnership with the Assembly

Nearly three years since the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan was granted Partner for Democracy status under the terms of Assembly Resolution 1984 (2014), it has yet to make full use of all opportunities offered by the status. More

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