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Azerbaijan has a political prisoners 'problem', says PACE, urging review of reported cases and wider reform

“There can no longer be any doubt that Azerbaijan has a problem of political prisoners, and that this problem is due to structural and systemic causes,” the Parliamentary Assembly has declared. More

Repatriating children from conflict zones is ‘a humanitarian duty’

The Parliamentary Assembly expressed its concern about the situation of the children in Syria and Iraq whose parents, believed to be affiliated to ISIS/Daesh, are citizens of Council of Europe member States. More

Combating human trafficking and disappearances of refugee children

The Council of Europe should “do more to combat human trafficking and to ensure that its legal standards are adequate and implemented by all member States”, the Assembly declared during a joint debate. More

PACE reviews progress of States under monitoring in 2019

The Assembly welcomed the positive developments and the progress made during this period or expressed concern about remaining shortcomings in a number of countries “that undermine their democratic consolidation”. More

Council of Europe equipped to meet challenges of future, Secretary General tells PACE

The Council of Europe must take a leading role in overcoming new challenges to human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has told the Parliamentary Assembly. More

For a complementary joint procedure CM-PACE in response to a serious violation by a member State of its statutory obligations

The Assembly welcomed the contacts with the Committee of Ministers with a view to setting up a joint procedure between the two organs in response to a serious violation by a member State of its statutory obligations. More