Standing Committee meets in Sofia as Bulgaria takes over CoE Chairmanship

The Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly will meet in Sofia on Friday 27 November, in the context of the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (November 2015-May 2016). More

PACE President condemns terrorist bombing in Tunis

“I condemn yesterday’s terrorist bombing in Tunis", said Anne Brasseur. "We stand with the Tunisian authorities in combating the terrorists. If we remain united in defending our values, they will not succeed.” More

Rapporteur responds to criticisms of the European Court of Human Rights in France

The European Court of Human Rights Pierre-Yves Le Borgn, rapporteur on implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, has responded to recent criticisms of the Court made by French former European Affairs Minister Pierre Lellouche.  More

On Orange Day, general rapporteur denounces ‘double violence’ faced by refugee women

Orange Day The global refugee crisis is not only a major challenge for governments, it also aggravates another phenomenon: violence against refugee women, said Sahiba Gafarova, denouncing the “double violence” they too often suffer.  More

Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are “deliberately deprived of water”, the committee says

Adopting a text prepared by Milica Marković, the parliamentarians said that the lack of regular maintenance work on the Sarsang reservoir located in an area of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia, “poses a danger to the whole border region”. More

PACE rapporteurs express dismay at death sentence in Belarus

Two rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have expressed their dismay at a death sentence handed down in Belarus last week, and urged the authorities not to carry it out.  More

Counterfeiting of medicines: the MEDICRIME Convention paves the way for a global response

Valeriu Ghiletchi (Modova, EPP/CD) “We, as parliamentarians, must raise awareness of the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes, and their negative impact on public health,” warns Valeriu Ghiletchi, Chair of PACE's Social Affairs Committee. More

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