Rapporteurs welcome EU’s renewed commitment to EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights

Two rapporteurs have welcomed the adoption by the EU Council of supplementary negotiating directives aimed at the swift resumption of negotiations with the Council of Europe on EU accession to the Convention on Human Rights. More

Rapporteurs deplore failure of Georgian parliament to pass constitutional amendments on proportional election system

Tbilisi (Georgia) © Shutterstock The rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia express their deep regret at the failure of the Parliament to pass the Constitutional amendments required to introduce a fully proportional election system for the 2020 elections. More

Children’s rights conference: ‘it’s time to put the human being at the heart of society’

“Council of Europe member States must put the human being back at the heart of their political decisions,” President Liliane Maury Pasquier has told a conference on children’s rights opening in Strasbourg.  More

PACE to observe the early parliamentary elections in Belarus

A PACE delegation, led by Lord David Blencathra, will travel to Belarus to observe the conduct of the early parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE-PA and the OSCE-ODIHR. 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

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

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

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