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Every act of terror is a crime against humanity
PACE calls for ‘common legal area’ for action against terrorism in Europe

PACE called for a “common legal area” for action against terrorism in Europe, including a single definition of terrorism in the laws of the Council of Europe’s 46 member states. In a resolution and recommendation adopted on 6 October at the end of an urgent debate, the Assembly said that every act of terror – regardless of the reasons given for it – must be considered “a crime against humanity”. The parliamentarians also stressed that the fight against terrorism must always be compatible with human rights: “Wherever those rights are violated this weakens the international coalition in the fight against terrorism, and drives new supporters into the hands of the terrorists.” (more)


The priority is 'to ensure that the law is applied'
A
Round Table to follow human rights in the Chechen Republic

The Assembly has instructed its Political Affairs Committee “to establish a Round Table for the organisation of an exchange of views with political parties and politicians from the Chechen Republic and the federal authorities of Russia” in order to follow developments regarding human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the Republic. Possibilities of holding such a meeting before the end of 2004 are being examined. (more)


Their international isolation must cease

'Elected representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community' to sit in the Chamber

PACE decided to associate “elected representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community” more closely in its work by inviting them to sit in the Chamber. Henceforth two “representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community” will be able to speak in the Chamber. At each sitting, only one can be given the floor. If authorised by the President, the person will appear on the list of speakers with the indication: Cyprus. (more)

Disparity of standards between member states
Better promotion of sexual and reproductive health in Europe

The Assembly called on member states to provide Europeans with more information and better education on sexual and reproductive health. According to parliamentarians, problems include a sharp rise in teenage pregnancies, rates of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/Aids, and an increase in sexual violence. (more)


High oil prices could derail the economic recovery
The Enlarged Parliamentary Assembly counts on OPEC to raise production

The Enlarged Parliamentary Assembly, composed of delegations of OECD and Council of Europe member states, on 6 October warned that the current high oil prices could easily derail the economic recovery under way. Parliamentarians said they count “on OPEC and other oil-producing countries to raise production to levels necessary to avoid this.” (more)


A worrying escalation

PACE pledges to take part in a campaign against domestic violence in 2006

The Assembly pledged to take part in a campaign in 2006 to combat domestic violence against women in Europe. The problem of domestic violence extends to all member states of the Council of Europe and is currently undergoing a worrying escalation, the parliamentarians said. (more)

CALENDAR

17-19 October – Bucharest (Romania)
PACE President on official visit to Romania
Peter Schieder will meet with President Ion Iliescu, Foreign Affairs Minister Mircea Geoana and Senate President Nicolae Vacaroiu. He will also receive an honorary doctorate from the National School for Political and Administration Studies.

18 October – Antwerp (Belgium)
Parliamentary hearing on forced marriages and child marriages
Victims of a forced marriage and a “marriage of convenience” will testify at the hearing, organised by PACE’s Sub-committee on Violence against Women for a report by Rosmarie Zapfl-Helbling (Switzerland, EPP/CD).

18-19 October – Strasbourg (France)
PACE hosts UN Conference on universal access to reproductive health care
Hosted by the Assembly, parliamentarians and NGOs from across the world meet to mobilise resources for a 20-year programme to promote reproductive health. PACE Vice-President Marcel Glesener, the Sub-committee on Population and members of the Social Affairs Committee will take part.

19-21 October – New York (USA)
PACE delegation at the UN General Assembly
The Sub-committee on Relations with Non-member Countries will attend the 59th session of the UN General Assembly, take part in a debate on co-operation between the UN and regional organisations, and meet senior UN officials.

24 October – Qazax
(Azerbaijan)
Monitoring visit to Azerbaijan
Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC) and Andres Herkel (Estonia, EPP/CD), co-rapporteurs for PACE’s monitoring of Azerbaijan, make a fact-finding visit to the Qazax region in the west of the country. Their report may be debated in June 2005.

24-25 October – Lisbon (Portugal)
Award ceremony for the 2004 North-South Prize
PACE President Peter Schieder will attend the award ceremony for the 2004 North-South Prize, which goes to Arab woman writer and psychiatrist Nawal Al Sadawi and former French Ambassador to the UN Stéphane Hessel.

25 October – Tbilisi (Georgia)
Monitoring Committee meets the Georgian authorities
The Monitoring Committee holds an exchange of views with the Georgian authorities, including President Saakashvili. Also on the agenda: the monitoring of Moldova, Albania, Russia and Ukraine as well as post-monitoring dialogue with Bulgaria.

25-26 October – Paris (France)
Exchange of views on genetically modified organisms
The Sub-committee on Science and Ethics holds an exchange of views on genetically modified organisms and takes part in a parliamentary conference on “How to accelerate the research and innovation effort in Europe?”

27-31 October – Bucharest and Tulcea (Romania)
Rapporteur on European deltas visits Danube
Leo Platvoet (Netherlands, UEL), who is preparing a report on The protection of European deltas, makes a fact-finding visit to the Danube delta.

THE IMAGE
Promoting dialogue between diverse cultures and religions
The Primer Minister of Turkey (left) meets PACE President in Strasbourg. Recep Tayyip Erdogan encouraged the '46' to play a more active role in setting standards as well as the practical aspects of combating terrorism. (more)
WIDE ANGLE
Monitoring: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Montenegro
The Assembly adopted three texts on the monitoring of the honouring of commitments by three member states (more)
IN BRIEF
Monaco becomes the 46th member state
PACE calls for 40% women in parliament by 2020
Monitoring Committee demands from Tiraspol that harassment of children ceases
A common vision of a united and strong Africa
Current affairs debate on Georgian-Russian relationsy
Parliamentarians highlight a ‘dangerous crisis’ in democracy
‘Time to tell school pupils about Europe’
Situation in Western Sahara: UN Peace Plan would allow to put an end to the dispute
2nd World Congress against the death penalty
Belarus elections and referendum: PACE President concerned
Closer links between PACE and the Venice Commission
MAY 2005 - THE 3rd SUMMIT
'The Summit will provide an opportunity to guide the '46' on the way ahead', said Norvegian Foreign Minister, Jan Petersen, addressing the Assembly in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers. (more)
Terry Davis: 'To succeed, we must have first a clear mandate'
Konstantin Kosachev appointed rapporteur on the 3rd summit
The 3rd Summit
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