Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ADLE)

All democratic forces need to join hands in combating hatred and intolerance

“All democratic forces need to join hands in combating hatred and intolerance,” said Anne Brasseur at the end of a panel discussion on “Thinking the unthinkable: what is next in store for us?” during the 2015 Lennart Meri Conference. More

FIFA should hold new vote on 2022 World Cup bid, says PACE

Michael Connarty (United Kingdom, SOC) The decision to assign the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was so “radically flawed” by illegal payments that FIFA should hold a new vote under cleaned-up procedures, according to PACE. More

CIA secret prison: PACE President welcomes admission by former Romanian President

"In view of Romanian former President Iliescu’s admission of a 'CIA facility' in his country, it is now up to the Romanian authorities to conduct a serious investigation into the facts," said PACE President Anne Brasseur. More

Drones: states must ‘scrupulously respect’ limits laid down in international law

Arcadio Diaz Tejera (Spain, SOC) Council of Europe member States should “scrupulously respect” the limits placed on targeted killings under international law when carrying out drone strikes, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly said today. More

Migratory flows in the Mediterranean: the EU should 'carry out urgent and concerted action'

The Assembly today called on the member States of the EU to adopt a comprehensive approach to deal with mixed migratory flows across the Mediterranean, with a view “to carrying out an urgent and concerted action”. More

Justice for all has to become a reality

Adopting a resolution, the Assembly said that "Council of Europe member States need to remove existing obstacles and ensure that their citizens have equal access to justice, irrespective of their wealth or status". More

Nils Muižnieks: 2014 was a bad year for human rights in Europe

Last year thousands of people died unnecessarily, in the Mediterranean Sea and in eastern Ukraine. This, in a Europe where the rule of law prevails, said Nils Muižnieks addressing PACE. More

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