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Rapporteur urges Russia to drop charges against journalist in Crimea

PACE rapporteur Marieluise Beck has urged Russia to drop the charges against Mykola Semena, a Crimean journalist whose trial for “separatism” and related offences is due to begin today. More

Berlin: conference on the rise of online hate and conspiracy theories

There is an increasing number of instances of online hate speech and conspiracy theories. What is the reason for this? Who are the victims? Does online hate speech give rise to real violence against particular groups? More

Rapporteur alarmed by the emergency decree decriminalising certain forms of corruption in Romania

"I am seriously alarmed by the Romanian government’s emergency decree, given immediate effect, which will decriminalise many, even serious cases of corruption and abuse of public office", said Bernd Fabritius. More

Making the most out of Kyrgyz Parliament’s partnership with the Assembly

Nearly three years since the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan was granted Partner for Democracy status under the terms of Assembly Resolution 1984 (2014), it has yet to make full use of all opportunities offered by the status. More

Ukraine: deep concern over escalation of ceasefire violations in Avdiivka

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Ukraine, Jordi Xucla and Axel Fischer, have expressed their deep concern at the escalation of violence and ceasefire violations around the Ukrainian town of Avdiivka. More

Ensuring the political participation of persons with disabilities

In adopting the report by Mechthild Rawert, the committee emphasised the need for persons with disabilities to participate in political life, and pointed out that political rights, are fundamental human rights. More