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  • On 15 March the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will hold a thematic debate on building inclusive societies and the need for collective action in the face of extremism and xenophobia.

    I am writing to you today, as I have insisted since the beginning of my dialogue with the Committee of Ministers, on the fact that it is of the utmost importance to us, INGOs, to have the possibility to contribute to this discussion and ensure that the voice of civil society is heard at the Council of Europe.  Through this written contribution, your experiences, opinions and commitments can be taken into account in the decision-making process at the Council of Europe.

  • "Nous devons assumer nos responsabilités pour défendre les intérêts communs de l’ensemble des Européennes et Européens"

    SESSION DE L'ASSEMBLÉE PARLEMENTAIRESTRASBOURG24 JUIN 2019

    « La partie de session que nous commençons aujourd’hui se tient dans un contexte tout à fait exceptionnel. Notre Organisation traverse une situation de crise qui a des implications sérieuses pour le système européen de protection des droits humains ainsi que pour la stabilité et la viabilité de nos propres institutions », a rappelé la Présidente à l’ouverture de la session.

    « Il nous faut donc trouver un moyen d’aller de l’avant. Nous avons toutes et tous le même objectif : défendre les intérêts communs des 830 millions d’Européennes et d’Européens qui comptent – sans aucune exclusion – sur la protection que leur donne, particulièrement, la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme. Gardons toujours cette considération à l’esprit », a souligné Liliane Maury Pasquier.

    « En prenant nos décisions aujourd’hui, nous devons toutes et tous nous rappeler les origines de la crise que nous traversons, car il y a des faits incontestables que cette Assemblée ne peut ni ignorer ni accepter. Nous allons donc continuer à défendre avec conviction et détermination nos positions, ainsi que les principes du droit international auxquels nous sommes fermement attachés ! En même temps, nous devons assumer nos responsabilités institutionnelles et politiques », a-t-elle déclaré.

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  • "We must shoulder our responsibilities to defend the common interests of all Europeans"

    PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY SESSIONSTRASBOURG24 JUNE 2019

     

    “The part-session which we are starting today is taking place in extraordinary circumstances. Our Organisation is going through a crisis which has serious implications for the European human rights protection system and for the stability and sustainability of our own institutions,” the PACE President stressed at the opening of the session.

    “We must therefore find a way to move forward. We all have the same objective: to defend the common interests of 830 million Europeans who expect to be able to enjoy – without any exclusion whatsoever – the protection of the European Convention on Human Rights. Let us always keep this in mind,” Liliane Maury Pasquier said.

    “In taking our decisions today, we must all remember the origins of the crisis we are experiencing because there are incontrovertible facts which the Assembly can neither ignore nor accept. We are therefore going to continue to defend with conviction and determination our positions and the principles of international law that are so important to us. At the same time, we must also shoulder our institutional and political responsibilities,” she stressed.

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  • "L’APCE affirme le droit de ses membres «de voter, de prendre la parole et d’être représentés à l’Assemblée et dans ses organes"

    SESSION DE L'ASSEMBLÉE PARLEMENTAIRESTRASBOURG25 JUIN 2019

    L’Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l’Europe (APCE) a décidé que ses membres « ne peuvent être privés du droit de vote, du droit de parole ni du droit d’être représenté à l'Assemblée et dans ses organes, et l’exercice de ces droits ne peut être suspendu, dans le contexte d’une contestation ou d’un réexamen des pouvoirs ».

    Dans une résolution, basée sur un rapport de Petra de Sutter (Belgique, SOC), l'Assemblée a déclaré que cette clarification de son Règlement visait à « assurer le respect du droit et de l'obligation des États membres d'être représentés et de participer aux deux organes statutaires du Conseil de l'Europe ».

    Evoquant le « contexte exceptionnel » d'une décision récente du Comité des Ministres, l'Assemblée a également décidé, par dérogation à son Règlement, d'inviter les parlements des Etats membres du Conseil de l'Europe « qui ne sont pas représentés par une délégation à l’Assemblée », à présenter leurs pouvoirs dans le courant de la partie de session de juin 2019. Normalement, les pouvoirs ne peuvent être présentés qu'à l’ouverture de la session ordinaire de janvier.

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  • "PACE affirms its members’ rights ‘to vote, to speak and to be represented in the Assembly and its bodies"

    PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY SESSIONSTRASBOURG25 JUNE 2019

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided that its members’ “rights to vote, to speak and to be represented in the Assembly and its bodies shall not be suspended or withdrawn in the context of a challenge to or reconsideration of credentials”.

    In a resolution based on a report by Petra de Sutter (Belgium, SOC), the Assembly said this clarification of its Rules was to “ensure that member States’ right and obligation to be represented and to participate in both statutory bodies of the Council of Europe is respected”.

    Citing the “exceptional context” of a recent decision by the Committee of Ministers, the Assembly also decided, in a derogation from its Rules of Procedure, to invite the parliaments of Council of Europe member States “which are not represented by a delegation to the Assembly” to present their credentials at the June 2019 part-session. Normally, credentials can only be presented at the opening of the ordinary session in January.

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    1. Pax Romana recomienda al Estado colombiano:

     Desmantelar los grupos criminales al margen de la ley y mejorar la eficacia de las instituciones de justicia y la fuerza pública frente a los nuevos fenómenos de violencia como las Bacrim, entre otras bandas derivadas del paramilitarismo, en el marco de  los puntos 3, 4 y 5 de los acuerdos de Paz de la Habana. 

    • Garantizar el derecho a la vida y la seguridad para las Organizaciones Sociales acompañantes que trabajan con las víctimas de restitución de tierras. 
    • El pasado 21 de octubre el Movimiento de profesionales católicos de Medellín invitó a Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría[i], a exponer públicamente su visión acerca de la importancia del proceso de paz que actualmente desarrollan el gobierno nacional de Colombia y la guerrilla de las FARC EP en la Habana, Cuba. Decidimos como movimiento proponer al “Centro de fe y culturas de Medellín”, de la Compañía de Jesús, que conjuntamente con nosotros convocara a la conferencia. Dicha estrategia resultó exitosa y a la conferencia asistieron más de 200 personas.

    • Letter from world religious leaders appealing to maintain the agreements and the peace-building progress in Colombia.

         We, religious leaders from around the world, have been able to engage with communities and in particular with the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia for many years now. In the almost six years of the public and private dialogues between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerilla we have continuously been able to follow-up (with you, Mr. President, as well as with the guerrillas) in the critically difficult moments, but that always turned out well, supporting the process until the final agreement was reached.

    • I would like to start my brief presentation with the lines of the famous poem by German Protestant pastor Martin Niemӧller: 

      First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.
      Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.
      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
      Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

      The similarities of the current geopolitical situation to the one prevailing before World War II are so striking, convincing and widespread that they are almost inescapable.

    • Role of Art as an actor and a vehicle for peace

           Art as a cultural and motivating expression of feelings, coming from the heart of the society is a powerful tool for the service of the common good welfare.  Art has a social function beyond the aesthetic and it is a key element in the integral development of peoples. Art is a great tool to unite society, therefore education must take into account its potential to affirm cultural identity and createwellbeing, which are essential for a culture of peace.

    • Travelling back to the final theatre of battle nine years later, where tens of thousands of civilians were trapped in the fighting, an activist reflects on the horrors of the final days of the war in 2009 and the inability of Sri Lankans in the north and south to connect to each other’s suffering on the anniversary of the guns falling silent. May 18, 2009 is the day Sri Lanka’s three decades long war came to an end.

      Mullivaikkal, a narrow strip of beach in the Mullaitivu District is where the war ended, when the Sri Lanka Army militarily defeated the LTTE and its 26 year struggle for a separate Tamil state. Before 2009, Mullivaikkal was a beautiful, but practically unheard of village, between the now infamous Nandikadal Lagoon and the ocean on the island’s North Eastern coast. The days, weeks and months preceding May 18, 2009, Mullivaikkal and nearby areas had been the epicenter of the final battles of the civil war, with a UN estimate of tens of thousands killed – combatants and civilians and hundreds disappeared – many of them after surrendering themselves to the authorities.