Russia’s representation rights in the Council of Europe suspended

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PARIS, February 25. /TASS/. Russia’s representation rights at the Council of Europe have been suspended but it remains a member of the organization and a party to its conventions, according to a press release issued Friday by the Committee of Ministers.

“The Committee of Ministers decided today to suspend the Russian Federation from its rights of representation in the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly with immediate effect following the armed attack by the Russian Federation against the Ukraine,” he said. “Today’s decision means that the Russian Federation remains a member of the Council of Europe and a party to the relevant Council of Europe conventions, including the European Convention on Human Rights.”

“The judge elected to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of the Russian Federation also remains a member of the Court, and applications against the Russian Federation will continue to be examined and decided by the Court. The suspension is not a final but temporary measure, leaving the communication channels open,” he said.

This is the second time the Council of Europe has suspended Russia’s rights. In April 2014, following the reunification of Crimea with Russia, Russian depilation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was deprived of the right to vote, to participate in monitoring missions of the PACE and to be elected to the governing bodies of the Assembly. Russia resumed full-fledged work in PACE in 2019.


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