ER Editor: Wikipedia tells us this about the Council of Europe, a body with 46 member states:
The Council of Europe (CoE; French: Conseil de l’Europe, CdE) is an international organisation founded in the wake of World War II to uphold human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Europe. Founded in 1949, it has 46 member states, with a population of approximately 675 million, and operates with an annual budget of approximately 500 million euros.
The organisation is distinct from the European Union (EU), although it is sometimes confused with it, partly because the EU has adopted the original European flag, created for the Council of Europe in 1955, as well as the European anthem. The Council of Europe is an official United Nations Observer.
Being an international organization, the Council of Europe cannot make laws, but it does have the ability to push for the enforcement of select international agreements reached by member states on various topics. …
Russia, we are told, was suspended from its ‘rights of representation’ on February 25 because of the Ukraine situation:
Suspended from its rights of representation in the Committee of Ministers and in the Parliamentary Assembly on 25 February 2022 due to invasion of Ukraine. Russia announced that it would no longer participate in the organization on 10 March 2022. On 15 March 2022 Russia launched a withdrawal procedure from the Council, delivering its formal notification of withdraw effective 31 December 2022. On 16 March 2022 the Committee of Ministers decided to expel Russia with immediate effect.
Russia to leave the Council of Europe
Russia will leave the Council of Europe. Moscow is thus following the board’s announcement two weeks ago that it would suspend Russia’s membership because of the invasion of Ukraine – a historic decision.
STRASBOURG – The corresponding letter from Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov had been handed over to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the head of the Russian delegation, Pyotr Tolstoy, announced on Tuesday.
“Russia is voluntarily withdrawing from the Council of Europe, this is a balanced and well-considered decision,” said Tolstoy. The Council of Europe monitors compliance with human rights in its 47 member states and is not an EU body.
The head of the international committee of the Russian Duma, Slutsky, also made it clear that Russia’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe would also force it to denounce the European Convention on Human Rights.
“Russia will not participate in the transformation of Europe’s oldest organization by NATO and its obedient EU into another platform for Western dominance and narcissism,” the Russian Foreign Ministry added. The exit will not affect the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens because the Russian constitution guarantees them rights no less than the European Convention on Human Rights.
The provisions of the most important agreements of the Council of Europe have been transposed into Russian law. The implementation of judgments already handed down by the European Court of Human Rights will also be continued, provided they do not violate the Russian constitution.
In addition, Russia is a contracting party to the most important international human rights treaties concluded within the framework of the United Nations.
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