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Situation in Turkey: statement by PACE Committee on Political Affairs

Following an exchange of views on the situation in Turkey, the Committee recalls the concerns expressed in the report published by its ad hoc Sub-Committee which visited Ankara in November 2016. More

Rapporteurs urge Belarusian authorities to join the European family of abolitionists

Yves Cruchten, general rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have deplored the death sentence handed down on Kiryl Kazachok by a Belarusian court. More

Lebanon: more solidarity to deal with an ‘unsustainable’ refugee crisis

“The refugee crisis is becoming unsustainable for Lebanon. Greater solidarity is needed. The international community should step up as a matter of urgency its contribution to assist the refugees”, said the committee. More

Turkey: ad hoc Sub-Committee proposes continuing dialogue while reopening the monitoring procedure, says Chair Mogens Jensen

Mogens Jensen (Denmark, SOC), Chair of the ad hoc Sub-Committee on recent developments in Turkey, today presented the report of the fact-finding visit to Ankara from 21 to 23 November 2016. More

Sub-Committee on External Relations holds meetings at the UN Headquarters in New York

"In facing the global challenges of today’s world, the UN must step up co-operation with regional organisations such as the Council of Europe," said Aleksandra Djurović, acting Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on External Relations. More

Egypt ready to strengthen cooperation with the Council of Europe

After a three-day visit to Cairo, Jordi Xuclà, rapporteur on the political transition in Egypt declared that he had observed the will of the Egyptian Parliament and government to strengthen cooperation with the Council of Europe. More