The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is one of the two statutory organs of the Council of Europe, an international organisation dedicated to upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and which oversees the European Court of Human Rights. It is made up of 318 parliamentarians from the national parliaments of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states, and generally meets four times a year for week-long plenary sessions in Strasbourg.
The Assembly is meeting 26-30 January 2015 to discuss, and vote upon, a resolution designed to protect religious freedom and to prevent discrimination against religious groups – including Evangelical Christianity. You can read the draft resolution at: http://website-pace.net/documents/19879/165819/20141204-IntoleranceChristian-EN.pdf/c244cc54-7f81-4cbe-b243-9185844042db
The problem is that many parliamentarians often do not attend these sessions, as they are so busy with political duties in their own countries. Therefore the attendance or non-attendance of one parliamentarian could swing the vote one way or another.
You can help by contacting parliamentarians in your country. Email them and say something like:
“Dear X, We are grateful that you take your Council of Europe responsibilities seriously. During the plenary session 26-30 January, an important resolution tackling intolerance and discrimination in Europe with a special focus on Christians will be voted on. We know you are very busy but we would be so grateful if you would attend the session and show your support for this resolution.”
Include this briefing with your email: Ghiletchi PACE Vote – Intolerance Christians – BRIEFING NOTE
The four Irish representatives on the Assembly are:
Joseph O’Reilly (Fine Gael) firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Leyden (Fianna Fail) email@example.com
Michael McNamara (Labour) firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia Mitchell (Fine Gael) email@example.com