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Minister Murphy addresses Council of Europe Ministerial session

European Union, Human rights, MoS Dara Murphy, Press Releases, Europe, 2015

 

Minister Murphy addresses Council of Europe Ministerial session

The Minister for European Affairs, Dara Murphy T.D. today highlighted Ireland’s commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights and support to the reform process in Ukraine.

Minister Murphy was speaking at the 125th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, held in Brussels today. The meeting was attended by representatives of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, including Foreign Minister Lavrov of Russia and Foreign Minister Klimkin of Ukraine.

In his address to the session, the Minister stated that ‘there are many elements to be tackled in Ukraine’s constitutional and governance arrangements. It is to the great credit of the Ukrainian authorities that they are facing up to the extensive reform agenda in very difficult circumstances.

Minister Murphy announced a financial contribution by Ireland of €40,000 to the Council of Europe assistance programme to Ukraine, and called on all sides to respect fully their ceasefire commitments and actively support the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

The Minister also recalled the speech of President Higgins to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in January, where he stated that ‘the Convention on Human Rights must remain the cornerstone of human rights protection in Europe’.

Minister Murphy’s statement also expressed concern about the situation in Georgia, and endorsed the Council of Europe’s activities in combating terrorism and extremism.

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Press Office

19 May 2015