Council of Europe restores Russia's voting rightsDate: 25 June 2019 Tags: International Organizations
The Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe has voted in favour of restoring Russia's voting rights, five years after they were revoked over its illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. This move paves way for Russia to participate in election of a new secretary general for of this pan-European rights watchdog. The motion for restoring Russia's voting rights was approved with 118 votes in favour, 62 against, and 10 abstentions.
Russia was stripped of its voting rights after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Russia responded by boycotting assembly and exerted political pressure. Since 2017, Russia also had refused to pay its share of 33 million Euro to Council of Europe. It also had threatened to quit body altogether if it is not allowed to take part in election.
About Council of Europe
It is Europe's leading human rights organisation mandated to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. It is distinct from the European Union (EU). It was founded in in 1949. It is headquartered in Strasbourg, France. Its best known body is the European Court of Human Rights, which enforces the European Convention on Human Rights. Its members include 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union.
Note: Unlike EU, Council of Europe cannot make binding laws, but it has powers to enforce select international agreements reached by European states on various topics.