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Supporting the role of the media in times of crises

Collaboration between public authorities and the media is “one of the keyways of dealing with and overcoming a crisis”, and the authorities should “support the media so that the latter can perform their various roles to the full”, today said PACE Committee on culture. Unanimously adopting a draft... More

Track and trace applications: ethical, cultural, and educational challenges

Over the past year, data collection and processing by using digital public health technologies have been promoted worldwide by governments as well as private companies to mitigate the pandemic, but the ethical and legal frameworks remain unclear to this day and a global debate has emerged around... More

The Covid-19 situation: 'No-one is safe until everyone is safe'

The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development expressed its concern about the rapidly evolving Covid-19 pandemic. Adopting a statement today unanimously, it recommended “global equitable distribution of vaccines”, which is vital to protect public health. “No-one is safe... More

Measures to combat alleged violations of the rights of LGBTI people in the Southern Caucasus

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination is concerned about the situation of LGBTI people in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, noting that “many infringements of these people’s human rights have been alleged or confirmed”. Those countries, the Committee said, should adopt effective... More

PACE President makes working visit to the United Kingdom

Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a working visit to London on 1 and 2 December 2021. On this occasion, he is due to hold meetings with the Speakers of both Chambers of Parliament, the Minister for Europe and the Americas, the... More

Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary elections competitive but lacked meaningful voter engagement, international observers say

Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary elections were competitive, but they lacked meaningful voter engagement due to a stifled campaign, constitutional changes weakening parliament and extensive legislative changes to key aspects of the election. Generally adequate election legislation was undermined by... More