Human rights and the Russian invasion of Ukraine to be debated at the PACE winter session

Published: 23 January 2023 at 16.03

The Riksdag delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, PACE, is participating in the Assembly’s winter session on 23–27 January. Issues to be discussed include the Russian invasion of Ukraine linked to human rights and the fight against gender-based violence.

At the PACE winter session, an urgent debate will be held on the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in terms of human rights. At the debate, Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the non-profit organisation the Center for Civil Liberties, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022, will be giving the opening address. Prior to the session, there have also been proposals for a current affairs debate on the tensions between Pristina and Belgrade.

One of the reports to be debated this week contains proposals for the fourth Council of Europe Summit of Heads and State and Government scheduled to be held in Reykjavik on 16–17 May.

The Assembly to elect president

At the winter session, PACE will elect President and Vice Presidents for 2023. The Assembly will also elect judges for the European Court of Human Rights. One of the main tasks of PACE is to review the compliance by countries with obligations and commitments in accordance with the charters of the Council of Europe. During the session, the situation in Moldova will also be debated.

The Prime Minister of Iceland Katrin Jakobsdóttir and the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock have been invited to speak at the winter session. Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will host the usual question-and-answer session with members.

The fight against violence against women on the agenda

One of the issues that will be debated this week is combating violence against women, for example a report on conflict-related violence is to be debated. There will also be a joint debate on the Istanbul Convention: Development and challenges, the role and responsibility of men and boys in stopping gender-based violence against girls and women and finding solutions for marital captivity.

Other topics on the agenda include the environmental impact of armed conflict, the question of foreign Daesh fighters and their families returning from Syria and elsewhere, and the ethical, cultural and educational challenges of contact tracing applications.


The Riksdag delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe:

  • Markus Wiechel, Chair (Sweden Democrats)
  • Mattias Jonsson, Deputy Chair (Social Democratic Party)
  • Boriana Åberg (Moderate Party)
  • Azadeh Rojhan (Social Democratic Party)
  • Alexander Christiansson (Sweden Democrats)
  • Annika Strandhäll (Social Democratic Party)
  • Beatrice Timgren (Sweden Democrats)
  • Adnan Dibrani (Social Democratic Party)
  • Gustaf Göthberg (Moderate Party)
  • Yasmine Bladelius (Social Democratic Party)
  • Jessica Stegrud (Sweden Democrats)
  • Kristoffer Lindberg  (Social Democratic Party)

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Contact person for the media

Petra Sjöström, Senior International Adviser, International Department of the Riksdag, telephone: + 46 72 716 59 25, email: