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22 Jun 2016 description
report Council of Europe

21/06/2016 SESSION

Considering that “Europe’s panicked response to the refugee and migration crisis is crushing Greece between two brutal realities: the closure by ‘the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’ of its border with Greece and the imposition of the EU-Turkey Agreement in the Aegean islands”, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today concluded that “the first victims of the situation in Greece are the refugees and migrants”, of whom 46,000 individuals are blocked on the mainland and some 8,500 on the Aegean islands.

11 May 2016 description
report Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 11.05.2016 - A new report addressing the situation of refugees and migrants in Greece and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” was published today by Tomáš Boček, the Special Representative on Migration and Refugees of the Council of Europe’s Secretary General. The report is based on his fact-finding mission to the two countries from 7 to 11 March.

22 Mar 2016 description
report Council of Europe

Refugees and migrants in the Western Balkans: the need for collective action and equitable sharing of responsibilities

REPORT from Council of Europe

“Europe has so far failed to find a proper, sustainable response to the refugee and migration crisis in the Western Balkans. Mutual trust and confidence have been undermined by unilateral actions”. Furthermore, in Europe “the focus has shifted to border controls”; “the only apparent response to all other problems is money”, said the PACE Committee on Migration, meeting in Tbilisi today.

12 Sep 2008 description
report Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 12.09.2008 - The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, today published his report on the human-rights situation in "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".

02 Apr 2004 description
report Council of Europe

Recommendation 1652 (2004)1

1. The situation of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) is an abnormal and temporary state that must be resolved either by return, integration in the host country or resettlement in a third country. A decision on which course to take should be a matter of priority. Pending that decision, educational provision must be made for each eventuality.

2. For refugees and IDPs education is a basic essential, as also, depending on age, are further education and vocational training.

25 Nov 2003 description
report Council of Europe

Recommendation 1631 (2003)1

1. The Parliamentary Assembly is concerned at the high numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) resulting from various armed conflicts and human rights abuses which have occurred since the early 1990s in more than ten Council of Europe member states.

2. The precise number of the internally displaced population is difficult to determine as governments often do not keep any record of internal movements of their own populations. However, in 2002, it was estimated at between 3.2 and 3.7 million in Europe.

23 Jul 2003 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf (2003) 30 23 July 2003
June 2003 in Tirana

Political Overview

Thessaloniki Summit

1. Prime Minister Fatos Nano and President Alfred Moisiu praised the results of the EU Summit in Thessaloniki. At a press conference on 21 June, the two said "a worthy representation of the country's entire efforts towards EU membership was successfully crowned" at the summit. Mr Nano also promised to step up efforts in fighting organised crime, corruption and trafficking

Talks on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

30 Jun 2003 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2003)26 30 June 2003
May 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Electoral reform

1. Albania's electoral reform is an ongoing process. Packages with amendments to the electoral code will be discussed in Parliament during the first week of June.

EU negotiations for the SAA and for the readmission agreement

06 May 2003 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2003)18 6 May 2003
March 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Parliamentary committee on the municipality of Tirana

1. A parliamentary committee to investigate the use of public funds by the municipality of Tirana and the Ministry of Culture during 1992-2002 was set up following a long debate within and outside Parliament. It began its activities during the last week of the month. A sharp dispute immediately arose, brought about by the lack of co-operation between the municipality and the members of the committee.

23 Apr 2003 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2003)22 23 April 2003
April 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

Electoral reform

1. The reform of the electoral system, started by the parliamentary bi-partisan committee, whose mandate ended on 7 April, has not yet been completed. However, the bi-partisan committee found an agreement on all the recommendations made by ODIHR. The still unsolved issue, to be decided in Parliament, remains the composition of the Central Electoral Commission and of the other electoral commissions.

New Party launched by Milo

14 Apr 2003 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2003)17 14 April 2003
February 2003 in Tirana

Political overview

EU negotiations on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement

19 Dec 2002 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2002)53 19 December 2002
November 2002 in Tirana

Political overview

NATO Membership Prospects

1. The North Atlantic Alliance, at its Prague summit, did not invite Albania to become a member. While seven other ex-communist countries have started Accession Talks, Albania was considered not to be ready at this stage. However, the NATO Secretary General, during his visit to the country, confirmed that Albania remains a potential candidate to be considered at a next summit.

Electoral Reform

11 Dec 2002 description
report Council of Europe


Doc. 9519 revised
11 December 2002
Report
Committee on Migration, Refugees and Demography
Rapporteur: Mrs Ans Zwerver, Netherlands, Socialist Group
Summary

There are still 1.2 million internally displaced persons and refugees seeking durable solutions in South-Eastern Europe. Some of them have been in this situation for over ten years now.

02 Dec 2002 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2002)50 2 December 2002
October 2002 in Tirana

Political Overview

18 Oct 2002 description
report Council of Europe


SG/Inf(2002)38 / 18 October 2002
July-August 2002 in Tirana

Political Overview

16 Oct 2002 description
report Council of Europe

OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Strasbourg, 16 October 2002

CommDH(2002)11
Original version English

REPORT BY MR ALVARO GIL-ROBLES, COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

For the attention of the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Introduction
II. Background
III. The human rights situation in Kosovo

1. Which human rights ?
2. Who is accountable ?