- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has voted in favor of restoring Russia’s voting rights five years after they were revoked over its illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
- The move paves the way for Russia to participate in the election of a new secretary general for the pan-European rights body.
- Russia was denied its voting rights after Russia’s annexation of the Crimea in 2014.
- Russia had responded by boycotting the assembly.Since 2017, the country had also refused to pay its share of 33 million Euro to the human rights watchdog.
- It had threatened to quit the body altogether if it is not allowed to take part in the upcoming election in the Council of Europe.
- The Council of Europe is Europe’s oldest political body.It aims to uphold human rights,democracy and the rule of law across the continent.
- The council was founded in 1949 and it has 47 member states,28 of which are members of European Union(EU).However,the organisation is distinct from the EU.
- The council oversees and enforces rulings made by the European Court of Human Rights which considers cases brought by individuals and groups against the signatories to the convention.The Council of Europe is also an official United Nations Observer.
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