Pedro Agramunt

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Pedro Agramunt (2016)

Pedro Agramunt Font de Mora (born September 12, 1951) is a Spanish and European politician.[1] Agramunt is from Valencia and has served as a member of the Senate of Spain since 2008. He had previously represented Valencia Province in the Spanish Congress of Deputies from 1989 to 1991 and in the Corts Valencianes, the Valencian regional parliament, from 1991 to 1994. He is a prominent member of the People's Party (Spain). He has also been a Chairman of the European People's Party since January 2016 and is active in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, being president until his resignation on 6 October 2017.[2]

Agramunt is an advocate for further European integration, and has spoken in favour of supporting Ukraine.[3]

Education and personal life[edit]

According to his official biography, Agramunt holds a degree in law from the University of Valencia. Agramunt's biography also says that he graduated from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Barcelona, having studied Management Development (1980).[2]

Agramunt has been married since 1979 and has two children.

Controversy[edit]

Although Agramunt has a low profile in non-Spanish media, he is the focus of significant controversy, as he is the rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on political prisoners in Azerbaijan.[4] Human rights activists have criticized Agramunt for his proximity to the regime in Azerbaijan, and have highlighted that he has done little to highlight numerous violations of human rights.[5][6] Leyla Yunus, one of the Azerbaijani human rights activists that had criticized Agramunt in June 2014, has since been arrested, on charges that Human Rights Watch characterized as "bogus".[7]

In 2013, the European Stability Initiative, a think tank, has called for Agramunt to resign from his position as rapporteur, alleging that he had covered up systematic human rights violations in Azerbaijan.[8]

On 28 April 2017, after travelling to Syria to meet Bashar al-Assad, the Bureau of PACE said he is no longer authorized to undertake any official visits, attend meetings, or make public statements on behalf of the assembly in his capacity as president after a vote of no confidence on him.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe. "Member Website". Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b European People's Party. "Pedro Agramunt Official Biography". Party Website. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Agramunt propone que se revise la continuidad de Rusia en el Consejo de Europa". Partida Popular Website. 6 Mar 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  4. ^ "PACE co-rapporteurs give assessment of situation in Azerbaijani legal system". TREND News Agency. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  5. ^ Medzhid, Faik (27 June 2014). "Human rights defenders believe Pedro Agramunt is not best candidate for position of PACE Rapporteur on political prisoners in Azerbaijan". CK correspondent. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  6. ^ Amnesty International (29 January 2013). "'Arrested. In a bus with great people!'". Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  7. ^ Human Rights Watch. "Azerbaijan: Leading Rights Defender Arrested". Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  8. ^ European Stability Initiative (22 January 2013). "A Portrait of Deception: Monitoring Azerbaijan or Why Pedro Agramunt should resign" (PDF). Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  9. ^ "PACE President Stripped Of Powers After Meeting Syria's Assad". Radio Liberty. 28 April 2017.