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PACE proposes list of fundamental responsibilities to accompany rights

Rights, duties and responsibilities cannot be dissociated from each other, PACE has declared. Approving a report by Marie-Louise Bemelmans-Videc (Netherlands, EPP/CD) in Edinburgh, the Assembly’s Standing Committee said that duties were legal obligations, whereas responsibilities were moral ones.

It spelled out a series of fundamental responsibilities of individuals, including the responsibility to protect human life, to respect the personal liberty of others, to respect the private life and the reputation of others, to acquire an education, to work, to perform civic obligations, and to act responsibly towards children, the elderly, the disabled and the environment.