PACE confirms Russian delegation’s rights at winter session

PACE confirms Russian delegation’s rights at winter session

Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted on Thursday in favor of extending the Russian delegation’s rights in the organization.

A total of 107 members voted yes, 36 were against and 24 more abstained, TASS reported.

The text of the resolution notes worsening negative trends regarding democracy and human rights in Russia. The rapporteur voiced concerns over the constitutional amendments passed in Russia last year, saying that they give the Constitutional Court the right to recognize that the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights cannot be implemented. In addition, the provisions on protecting territorial integrity make it nearly impossible to iron out the Crimean issue.

Therefore, the document calls for abiding by the Venice Commission’s recommendations published last year. Meanwhile, the final document says that the support for this resolution does not mean the recognition of Crimea’s reunification with Russia.