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Follow up to the PACE project on national parliaments as guarantors of human rights in Europe

The “5th Parliamentary Conference on implementing standards of the European Convention on Human Rights: key role of national parliaments” will be held on 9 September in Riga, at the invitation of the Latvian Parliament and in the framework of the PACE parliamentary project carried out since 2012 with all member States.

The conference will be opened by Inese Lībiņa-Egnere, Deputy Speaker of the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia, Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Thorhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir, Chairperson of the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, the main partner of the project.

The conference – the 5th in a series organised by the Assembly since 2012 – will bring together parliamentarians from Armenia, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Republic of Moldova and Sweden. They will be joined by international experts and PACE members involved in the project.

The discussion will focus on how parliamentarians may become more involved and take concrete measures at their level to promote and to protect human rights in their respective countries. Each conference is also a new opportunity for the parliamentarians to share good practice among European countries.

It will also be an occasion to present and exchange views on a new PACE publication edited in in 2018, a handbook for parliamentarians entitled “National parliaments as guarantors of human rights in Europe”. This handbook is a result of six-years’ work in this framework. To begin with, it has been published in the two official languages of the Council of Europe but will be translated in the future into as many European languages as possible thanks to this project and special funds from voluntary contributions.