Political Affairs and Democracy


In Iceland, a focus on the power of human rights and democracy to defeat extremism

Icelandic leaders welcomed the Political Affairs Committee to Reykjavik, speaking out strongly in favour of the Council of Europe’s core principles as the most effective way to counter hate-speech, extremism and terrorism. More

Utøya survivor Bjorn Ihler at #NoHateNoFear event: ‘We must be better than the extremists’

Reykjavik / Political affairs / meeting / #NHNF A survivor of the terror attack on Utøya island has told PACE parliamentarians at a #NoHateNoFear event in Iceland of his experience – and how it inspired him to work to counter extremism. More

PACE President makes official visit to Iceland, joins with Utøya survivor at #NoHateNoFear event

Pedro Agramunt will make an official visit to Iceland on 26 and 27 September. In Reykjavik, he is due to meet the President of Iceland and the Speaker of Parliament, as well as the Foreign and Finance Ministers. More

Ukraine: regretting escalating violence the committee urges member States to support the peace process

The committee regrets that “against a deteriorated security situation, there has been no progress in the implementation of the political aspects of Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements”. More

PACE rapporteurs strongly condemn Hamas executions in the Gaza Strip

Two rapporteurs have strongly condemned the three executions carried out in the Gaza Strip by Hamas.“These executions are a clear violation of the Palestinian National Council’s ‘Partnership for democracy’ with the Assembly", they said. More

Libya's future between the threats of terrorism and a democratic prospect

Libya's future between the threats of terrorism and a democratic prospect was the focus of a hearing organised by the committee, in Paris on 24 May, in the framework of the preparation of a report on the subject by Attila Korodi. More