PACE elects Róbert Ragnar Spanó judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Iceland

The Assembly today elected Róbert Ragnar Spanó judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Iceland. Mr Spanó, having obtained an absolute majority of votes cast, is elected a 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

PACE satisfied with the first review of the partnership for democracy with the Moroccan Parliament

Two years after granting partner for democracy status to the Moroccan Parliament,* and considering that the prime aim of the partnership was progress in taking forward reforms, PACE today, in its first assessment, underlined the “important step taken by Morocco on the path to democratic reform”... ... More

The Equality Committee proposes to qualify stalking as a criminal offence

In order to tackle stalking effectively, the report by Gisela Wurm (Austria, SOC), which was today adopted by the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-discrimination, recommends that stalking should be considered a criminal offence. ... More

PACE committee calls for protection of ‘whistleblowers’ who reveal state wrongdoing

"Whistleblowers" who disclose state wrongdoing in the public interest should be protected from retaliation, provided they acted in good faith and followed procedures, a PACE committee said in a draft resolution made public today. ... More

PACE rapporteur calls on Hamas to respect promise to PACE on ending executions

“On Saturday the authorities in Gaza made public the execution of two so-called ‘collaborators’. These executions are a clear violation of the ‘Partnership for democracy’ with the PACE, in which the Palestinian National Council (PNC) took upon itself to maintain the moratorium on executions,” said the PACE rapporteur responsible for assessing the partnership, Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL). ... More