Citing Crimea, PACE suspends voting rights of Russian delegation and excludes it from leading bodies

PACE has decided to suspend the voting rights of the Russian delegation, as well as its right to be represented in the Assembly’s leading bodies, and its right to participate in election observation missions. More

Montenegro: effective fight against corruption is an essential step to secure the rule of law

On their return from Podgorica and Budva, Kimmo Sasi and Terry Leyden, co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Montenegro, stressed that effective implementation of anti-corruption laws is essential to secure the rule of law.  More

PACE rapporteurs say no to child marriage in Iraq

Two key PACE rapporteurs appealed to their fellow Iraqi parliamentarians not to vote a bill called the “Jaafari law”, which would legalise forced and child marriage and marital rape.  More

Skopje: fundamental freedoms respected, but campaign playing field not level

Fundamental freedoms were respected and candidates were able to campaign freely, although biased and unbalanced media coverage and a blurring of state and party activities created an unbalanced playing field.  More

PACE strongly condemns cases when the Strasbourg Court’s ‘interim measures’ are ignored

Kimmo Sasi (Finland, EPP/CD) PACE has strongly condemned instances of outright violation of “interim measures” requested by the European Court of Human Rights – such as halting an individual’s extradition or deportation, for example. More

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