27/01/2021 | 18:25:16 Thank you, Mister Chairman. I would like to say at the outset that my own political roots are in organised civil society. I work closely and a great deal with a number of NGOs at the Austrian, European, and international levels. I find it extremely fruitful to exchange ideas and opinions, especially when we do not always share the same opinion. However, I do not want to be naïve, I am convinced that there is also a dark side of civil society and by that I mean all those who stand outside the... 27/01/2021 | 10:48:44 Mister President, Ladies and Gentlemen, I too would like to thank the rapporteur. I also think the report is quite excellent. I am convinced, however, that it will not be the last. The issue of vaccination will continue to develop globally and we too will have to keep at it and keep looking at how it all works. We all know that we can either defeat this pandemic globally or we cannot defeat it at all, and vaccination nationalism is of course the very last thing we need in a situation like... 25/01/2021 | 12:37:02 Thank you very much. I think the progress report very clearly shows that our last year's work was shadowed by COVID-19. Nevertheless we as PACE proved that we are able to uphold democracy, to protect democratic institutions and the rule of law. But we also saw that we had to diminish some of our normal tools to control democracy. For instance, many election observations had to be cancelled and we also saw that some governments tried to misuse the situation to diminish parliamentary power. But... 20/11/2020 | 16:45:33 Thank you very much, A policy that puts equal treatment, inclusion and the protection of human rights, including women's rights of course, high on the agenda is not a policy for fair weather. If we have no other problems, then let us just do equal rights; no, this is a policy for every day, a very important policy. Gender equality, the guarantee that women can live free from violence, that they are empowered, must be a central basis for all political action and must go hand in hand with... 20/11/2020 | 12:04:18 Thank you very much. The debate about the Athens Declaration is a source of worry, of doubt and of consternation not only because some countries used, or maybe I better say misused, the pandemic to declare a state of emergency and thus weaken parliamentary democracy and rule of law. It is also alarming as it puts spotlights on shortcomings of these countries to misuse the virus to further put particular human rights under pressure. I think about Poland and Turkey, who loudly discussed...
19/02/2020 | Doc. 15084 | Report Empowering women: promoting access to contraception in Europe 08/04/2019 | Doc. 14861 | Committee Opinion Strengthening co-operation with the United Nations in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
07/04/2021 | Doc. 15257 | Motion for a resolution Covid passes or certificates: protection of fundamental rights and legal implications 23/03/2021 | Doc. 15244 | Written declaration Critical state of health of prisoners in Turkey during the Covid-19 pandemic 05/03/2021 | Doc. 15233 | Written declaration Life-threatening conditions for migrants and refugees on the soil of the European Union 17/02/2021 | Doc. 15226 | Motion for a resolution The future of work is here: revisiting labour rights 17/02/2021 | Doc. 15227 | Written declaration Protests at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul
28/01/2021 | Doc. 15216, vote on the draft text for resolution Challenge, on substantive grounds, of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Russian Federation 28/01/2021 | Doc. 15199, vote on the draft text for resolution Ethnic profiling in Europe: a matter of great concern 27/01/2021 | Doc. 15212, vote on the draft text for resolution Covid-19 vaccines: ethical, legal and practical considerations 26/01/2021 | Doc. 15093, vote on the draft text for resolution Modification of the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure – follow-up to Resolution 2319 (2020) on the Complementary joint procedure between the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly in response to a serious violation by a member State of its statutory obligations 31/01/2020 | Doc. 15028, vote on the draft text for resolution Democracy hacked? How to respond?