Disinfo: PACE resolutions have no power

Summary

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is an outdated and toothless organisation, which doesn’t do anything clever. It is a club of people who like to talk about everything. Resolutions are simply not needed because they have no power.

Disproof

Among other instruments of influence, PACE has the right to demand action from 47 European governments, who must jointly reply, question Presidents and Prime Ministers on any topic it chooses, sanction a member State by recommending its exclusion or suspension, etc.

"Though it has no power to pass binding laws, PACE holds a constant dialogue with governments, national parliaments, other international organisations and civil society which "sets the agenda", says the official website.

Among the Assembly's most important achievements are ending the death penalty in Europe by making it an accession condition, inspiring a host of national laws by pressing for new convention, creating a forum for debating controversial social or political issues. For example, according to one of the resolutions, Russian deputies were deprived of the right to vote in PACE, as well as the right to be represented in its governing bodies, because of Crimea annexation, military aggression in Donbas, etc.

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  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/01/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Council of Europe, Europe
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Britan is under the thumb of the United States

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Disproof

Recurring disinfo narrative about the US orchestrating different international events. For example, according to pro-Kremlin media, the thumb of the US is so large that it covers German foreign policy, German media, European Parliament and Russia's accordance with the INF Treaty. According to Sir Alan Duncan, minister of the Americas, the refusal to give gold to Maduro was a decision for the Bank to make: "The Bank of England holds a significant amount of Venezuela's gold. This is a decision for the Bank of England, not the government," he said. "No doubt they will take into account when they do the fact that a large number of countries across the world are now questioning the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro and recognising that of Juan Guaido."