Hemicycle / Session / 2015 /

Citing Ukraine, PACE renews sanctions against Russian delegation

PACE has decided to ratify the credentials of the Russian delegation, citing the need to “foster dialogue”, but at the same time has decided to suspend its voting rights and its right to be represented in the Assembly’s leading bodies. More

‘A law meant for spies is being used against whistleblowers’

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) Whistleblowers from the US and the EU recounted the problems they faced in trying to expose what they believed to be wrongdoing in the organisations they worked for, testifying at a hearing of PACE’s Legal Affairs Committee.  More

General rapporteur appalled by execution of two men with intellectual disabilities

“I am gravely disturbed at the execution this week, in Georgia and Texas respectively, of Warren Hill and Robert Ladd – both of whom seem to have a well-documented intellectual disability,” said Marietta Karamanli. More

Call for reliable and durable protection for witnesses who stand up for truth and justice

Arcadio Diaz Tejera (Spain, SOC) “Witnesses who stand up for truth and justice must be guaranteed reliable and durable protection, including legal and psychological support and robust physical protection before, during and after the trial,” PACE said today. More

PACE spells out steps to keep journalists safe

Gvozden Srećko FLEGO, Croatia, SOC Declaring that “democracy and the protection of human rights depend on media freedom”, PACE has called for a series of steps to keep journalists safe and enable them to work freely. More

Disability: putting an end to the culture of institutionalisation

Carmen Quintanilla (Spain, EPP/CD) “Equality and inclusion for people with disabilities are rarely seen as priorities and these people are often invisible to the rest of the population,” the Assembly stated in a debate. More

PACE calls for rules on parliamentarians switching parties mid-term

Jordi Xucla (Spain, ALDE) The Assembly has called on national parliaments in the Council of Europe’s 47 member States to “look in depth” at the whole question of parliamentarians switching political allegiance mid-term. More

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