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Albania: monitors call on all political forces to overcome political crisis and commit to electoral reform

Tirana (Albania) © Shutterstock Following a visit to Tirana, Andrej Hunko and Joseph O’Reilly, have called on all political forces in Albania to show the political will to resolve the systemic political crisis that has plagued the country. More

Opening the World Forum for Democracy, PACE President sets out the challenges faced by democracy in the information age

New technologies can be abused, generating hatred and sexist or other stereotypes leading to discrimination, but they can also make the democratic process more reactive to citizens’ expectations, Liliane Maury Pasquier said. More

Belarus: rapporteur denounces the judgment sentencing Viktar Serhil to death

Titus Corlăţean, rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has denounced a judgment of the Brest Regional Court (Belarus) sentencing to death Viktar Serhil in a trial concerning the murder of an eight-month-old girl. More

Lord Foulkes: ‘Impunity for crimes against journalists must end’

George Foulkes, rapporteur on media freedom and the safety of journalists, has recalled the fundamental importance of press freedom and the duty in a democratic society to ensure journalists stay safe. More

'The Council of Europe needs the continuing commitment of the Assembly and the Congress'

"The Organization needs our continued commitment and the Assembly and the Congress, as well as our national parliaments and local and regional authorities, have a fundamental role to play", PACE President said today. More

‘Ensuring human rights, the rule of law and democracy is a never-ending task. Let us not allow them to crumble away’

“Ensuring human rights, the rule of law and democracy is a never-ending task. We must defend them again and again, promote them and continue to develop them", the PACE President said closing the European Conference. More