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Presidential election in Belarus: PACE President applauds the courage and determination of Belarus people, especially women, and calls on authorities to respect human rights and rule of law standards

Following the Presidential election in Belarus, PACE President Rik Daems made the following statement:  “I have been following closely the Presidential election in Belarus as well as the events of last night following the closing of the vote – I deeply regret that this election was far from being... More

Monitoring rapporteurs react to judgment of the Court of Amsterdam regarding the independence of Polish justice system

The rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for the monitoring of Poland, Azadeh Rohjan Gustafsson (Sweden, SOC) and Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), reacted today to the decision of the international chamber of the Amsterdam Court regarding the Polish justice... More

Yazidi genocide in 2014: PACE rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt demands justice

In August 2014, Daesh committed genocide against the Yazidi community in region of Sinjar in northern Iraq. Reportedly, Daesh killed 5000 Yazidi civilians and sold thousands more into slavery. Hundreds of thousands of Yazidis had to flee their homes. In its Resolution 2091 (2016) on “Foreign... More

Rapporteurs respond to reports of mass arrests of demonstrators in Azerbaijan

Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), rapporteur of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, and Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC) and Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC/DA), co-rapporteurs on monitoring of Azerbaijan, have today... More

Monitoring co-rapporteurs for Serbia deeply concerned by financial investigations against prominent NGOs and media

“We are deeply concerned about the information that financial investigations were launched by the Serbian Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering against over 50 prominent activists, NGOs and investigative media, including the 2019 PACE Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prizewinner “Youth... More

'Human trafficking is like a global pandemic'

“Human trafficking is like a global pandemic,” said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, on the eve of the World Day against Trafficking in Human Beings held on 30 July. “None of us – neither governments, parliaments... More