PACE to Discuss sanctions against Parliamentarians

  26 January 2016    Read: 457
PACE to Discuss sanctions against Parliamentarians
PACE plans to discuss the report of Spanish lawmaker Arcadio Diaz Tejera on sanctions taken against parliamentarians.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during the second day of the winter session plans to discuss the report of Spanish lawmaker Arcadio Diaz Tejera on sanctions taken against parliamentarians.

"The committee also condemns the existence of national "blacklists" of parliamentarians whom the states which have drawn them up can refuse visas or entry," Tejera`s reropt reads.

According to the report, "the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and its intervention resulting in a military conflict in eastern Ukraine have generated a climate of distrust against a background of a "war of sanctions."

The Assembly is expected to first hear a report on the issue and then adopt a resolution.

A PACE resolution in April 2014 deprived the Russian delegation of its voting rights, after Crimea became a part of Russia. Russian lawmakers were barred from participating in PACE`s three key bodies — its bureau, presidential committee and standing committee. The 2014 resolution curbing Russia’s rights in the Assembly was prolonged a year later.

Last week, speaker of Russia`s lower house of parliament Sergei Naryshkin said Russia would not participate in the upcoming winter PACE session and would not present its credentials for renewal. The decision also means Russia`s credentials cannot be challenged in the body, which had previously imposed sanctions on the work of the Moscow delegates.

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