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2013-12-17 04:20:43

STRASBOURG, France, December 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called the weekend repeat elections for the Ukrainian parliament "well-ordered", coming in the wake of the government's drive to strengthen election laws and procedures. The repeat elections - also called by-elections in other nations - were for five seats in the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. "The delegation noted that the...

2013-10-01 16:23:53

LONDON, October 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In a major conference in the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, on Monday, September 30, EU, U.S. and UN were called upon to intervene immediately to secure release of seven residents of Camp Ashraf who are taken hostage. The event was organized by the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF). The Iraqi forces murdered 52 residents of Camp Ashraf, all who were Iranian refugees, in mass...

2013-07-01 08:23:37

STRASBOURG, France, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MPs from 18 European nations have called for "urgent and immediate political action" over the state of the Sarsang Reservoir in Armenia-occupied Nagorno-Karabakh in an emergency motion to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). But Azerbaijan, which initiated the motion, says it is not confident of it getting the attention it deserves given the way other recent motions - which have asked tough...

2013-01-24 08:28:02

STRASBOURG, France, January 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Wednesday rejected a Legal Affairs Report on Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan by special rapporteur Christoph Strasser of Germany, a rare event by the human rights body. A sizable majority voted down Strasser's controversial report, with 125 against, 79 in favour and 20 abstaining. Meanwhile, a separate Monitoring Report on Azerbaijan by Pedro...

2013-01-02 04:20:20

OULU, Finland, January 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Capricode, are pleased to announce, that SyncShield has been chosen by The Council of Europe in Strasbourg to secure their mobile devices. The decision confirms Capricode's position as a technology leader in the area of Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM). Seeing off competition from many of the leading players in the MDM world by winning the open tender, Capricode's pricing, flexibility,...

2012-09-10 06:27:42

KYIV, Ukraine, September 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council of Europe's Secretary General praised Ukraine's government for its "very ambitious" new electoral law. Thorbjorn Jagland said the new law would be "very important," paving the way to "free and fair" elections to be held in the country on October 28th. Speaking to the press on Monday, Mr. Jagland said: "I'm very glad to see that a very ambitious plan is being implemented very well." The Council of Europe...

2012-07-15 22:20:41

KYIV, Ukraine, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Council of Europe welcomed Ukraine's July 7, 2012 ratification of the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. Such statement was released during the round table chaired by Yuriy Pavlenko, Children's Ombudsman under the President of Ukraine, and Regina Jensdottir, the Head of the Children's Rights Policy Division, Council of Europe. "I am very pleased that we have become partners in...

2012-06-28 06:21:42

STRASBOURG, France, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) this week narrowly approved two controversial reports on the political definition of political prisoners and the issue of political prisoners specifically in Azerbaijan by special rapporteur Christoph Strasser. The reports were adopted by a close vote of 26-22 and 25-23 respectively in favour, highly unusual; as...

2012-04-09 06:20:12

KYIV, Ukraine, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers adopted the 2012 plan of immediate measures concerning the country's integration to the European Union. The document deals with internal reform issues (the likes of gas transporting system modernization, institutional reform in Ukraine, and hosting EURO 2012), as well as questions of deepening Ukraine-EU ties: visa liberalization, cooperation with EU police and justice offices, expanding trade...

2011-11-08 02:00:00

BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "With most of the 55 officially registered political parties in Azerbaijan supporting the Opposition, and dozens of Opposition newspapers that publish freely, Azerbaijan is a gradually evolving democracy with freedom of speech in which Opposition parties are playing an increasingly outspoken and prominent role in civil society," according to an international working group of prominent European academics and human rights experts...