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PACE sets out wide-ranging recommendations for placing human rights at the heart of football

Football’s main stakeholders must put human rights values at the heart of the sport, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said today in a wide-ranging resolution on football governance. The adopted text, based on the report prepared by Lord George Foulkes (United Kingdom... More

Sports policies in times of crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic has completely disrupted the world of sport and decisive action is now needed to preserve sport and physical activity as factors for human development and personal and collective well-being, as well as for social development and economic growth, the Assembly said. Adopting a... More

PACE ratifies the credentials of the Russian delegation

PACE has ratified the credentials of the Russian parliamentary delegation by 97 votes to 41 after they were challenged on substantive grounds on the opening day of the session. At the same time, it expressed its “utmost concern” over the deteriorating situation as regards pluralism, human rights... More

PACE calls on Russia to launch an ‘independent and effective’ investigation into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny

In a debate held today at its plenary session in Strasbourg, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) noted “the ample medical evidence” showing that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with an organophosphorus cholinesterase inhibitor whilst in Russia. It underlined that five different... More

Assange extradition fight: Pieter Omtzigt welcomes leave for appeal to the UK Supreme Court granted by the High Court

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), the Parliamentary Assembly‘s General Rapporteur on the Protection of Whistleblowers, has welcomed yesterday’s decision of the United Kingdom’s High Court to grant leave to Julian Assange to appeal to the Supreme Court on a point of law raised by his legal... More

Rights of LGBTI people: advances achieved are under threat, PACE says

The Parliamentary Assembly expressed concern at the increase in hate speech, violence and hate crimes against LGBTI people in Council of Europe member States. “The scapegoating and violations of LGBTI people’s civil rights come to a large extent from political figures, including government... More