PACE rapporteur expresses concern at ‘Foreign Agents’ Law in Russia

Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE), rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the strengthening the protection and role of human rights defenders, has expressed serious concern at... ... More

Committee makes public draft report on Magnitsky, invites comments

The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, following a general discussion today in Strasbourg, decided to declassify the draft report “Refusing impunity for the killers of Sergei Magnitsky” by Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC) and issued an invitation for any interested parties – including the Russian authorities – to comment on it with a view to approving the report at its meeting on 4 September 2013. ... More

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: PACE in favour of a solution establishing two 'democratic and pluralist' states

At the end of a debate on the situation in the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, PACE today expressed its support for a solution involving two “democratic and pluralist” states. ... More

Hungary: PACE decides not to open a monitoring procedure

While raising in a resolution adopted today “serious and sustained concerns” about the extent to which Hungary is still complying with the obligations it took on when it joined the Council of Europe, the Assembly decided however not to open a monitoring procedure in respect of the country but resolved “to closely follow the situation” and “to take stock of the progress achieved” in the implementation of the adopted text. ... More

PACE elects Egidijus Kūris judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Lithuania

The Assembly today elected Egidijus Kūris as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Lithuania. Mr Kūris, having obtained an absolute majority of the votes cast, is elected judge for a term of office of nine years as from 1 November 2013. Judges are elected by PACE from a list of three candidates nominated by each State which has ratified the European Convention on Human Rights. ... More