The Secretary General of the Council of Europe wants to return to Russia in the composition of the PACE until 2019

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland considers that Russia should return to the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to the summit of this organization, which is scheduled for 2019.

He stated at the PACE session in Strasbourg on 22 January, reports “European true”.

According to Jagland, it is necessary to change the rules of the Assembly in such a way as to “bring on Board” all the “problematic” member countries of the organization.

“Harmonization of rules of the organization – it’s part of our job… to do so would be the best way to mark 70 years since the founding of the organization,” he said.

Under harmonization Jagland understand the removal from Russia of the sanctions that were imposed over the annexation of Crimea and aggression in the Donbas.

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According to Jagland, PACE should remain in the country until they do not violate article 4 of the European Convention on human rights. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe called the four principles defined in the Charter documents of the COE that can not be broken even under extreme circumstances. It is the prohibition of the death penalty, torture, forced labor, or slavery, and extrajudicial punishment. All other violations of the principles of the Council of Europe, according to Jagland, do not have such influence.

“This does not mean that everything else can be broken. If there are violations of other articles and systematic unwillingness to fix it – member country can apply to the ECHR regarding the implementation of its commitments”, he said.

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According to Jagland, the idea of the Council of Europe is to protect people, despite the violation of the Convention by its members.

“The fundamental idea is to preserve a common legal space (on site, in 47 countries, including Russia), for the people. We must not forget that for many on the continent, the Convention and the ECHR is the last hope,” he explained.

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Recall that in December last year, the speaker of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matvienko said that Russia should return to the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, because it is supposedly necessary for both parties.

As you know, Russia was deprived of voting rights in PACE in 2014. After Russia suspended cooperation with PACE, refusing to pay contributions to the budget of the organization.

In November last year at the PACE I wanted to hold a debate on lifting of Russia sanctions and the resumption of participation of the Russian delegation in the Assembly. Later, however, the standing Committee of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe refused to hold a debate on the return of the Russian Federation in the part of PACE.

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