“Stop using language which discriminates against migrants”

2014 has been another deadly year for migrants in the Mediterranean. According to UNHCR data, at least 207,000 people have embarked on risky journeys, while 3,400 have reputedly died trying to reach Europe,” said Anne Brasseur. More

PACE rapporteur express concern after the wave of arrests in Turkey

Josette Durrieu (France, SOC) Josette Durrieu (France, SOC), PACE Rapporteur on post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey, expressed her “profound concern” after the wave of arrests that took place last weekend, including arrests of journalists.  More

Harassment of PACE Human Rights Prize winner needs urgent investigation

James Clappison (United Kingdom, EDG) I strongly denounce the latest harassment of human rights defenders in Chechnya, particularly the Committee against Torture headed by Igor Kalyapin, 2011 PACE Human Rights Prize winner, James Clappison said. More

PACE co-rapporteur to make monitoring visit to Russia

Andreas GROSS, Switzerland, SOC Andreas Gross, one of the co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Russia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, will make a fact-finding visit to Moscow from 16 to 18 December 2014. More

PACE to observe the second round of the presidential election in Tunisia

A delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, led by Andreas Gross will travel to Tunisia from 19 to 22 December to observe the second round of the presidential election on 21 December. More

Winter Session 2015: addresses by European Commission President and Irish President

Addresses by the President of the European Commission and the President of Ireland, as well as a debate on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine are among highlights of the Winter session 2015. More

Recommendations for regulating post-electoral shifting in political affiliation

Jordi Xucla (Spain, ALDE) Changes in political affiliation by parliamentarians during their mandates are a common phenomenon in many member states. Yet this nomadism raises questions on political opportunism, the committee concluded. More

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