This will be the first ever "hybrid" session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) - in which members can participate remotely or attend in person in Strasbourg. It takes place from January 25 to January 28, 2021. It was reported by PACE on Youtube.
It was reported that the livestream and recording will cover the first sitting, which takes place from 12.30 a.m. to 14.30 p.m. (Kyiv time) on January 25, 2021, and will include the election of the President of the Assembly, the renewal of the credentials of all the Assembly's members, and the adoption of the week's agenda.
The Assembly also plans to debate a report on the activities of its subsidiary bodies since the last session, and a report on its observation of Georgia's parliamentary elections on 31 October 2020.
It is noted that PACE brings together 648 parliamentarians from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, and speaks on behalf of 830 million Europeans on human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
During the session, the Assembly will debate the ethical, legal and practical considerations of COVID-19 vaccines. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will address parliamentarians in the debate.
There have been requests for three urgent debates on:
- "The arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny in January 2021"
- "The worsening situation in Belarus"
- "Freedom of expression (Article 10 of the ECHR) under threat by 'Big Tech' Companies".
Three current affairs debate requests have also been submitted under the titles:
- "Prohibition of Russian and other national minorities languages in Ukraine"
- “Unjustifiable delay in repatriation of the Armenian prisoners of war and other captives by Azerbaijani authorities as violation of the European International Human Rights Standards”
- “The actual human rights situation in temporary occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol during Covid-19 pandemics”.