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Poland and the Istanbul Convention: joint statement by PACE President, General Rapporteur on violence...

27/07/2020 | President

PACE President Rik Daems today made the following statement, jointly with Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo, General Rapporteur on violence against women, and Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) and Azadeh Rojhan Gustafsson (Sweden, SOC), co-rapporteurs on the monitoring of Poland: “The announcement by...

‘We must do more to stop the trolls’ urges PACE President, as online hate crimes soar

21/07/2020 | President

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has urged European governments to do more to crack down on online hate, in a statement to mark the European Day for the Victims of Hate Crime (22 July). “Online hate is getting worse and worse,” said the President...

Rik Daems: 'part of the European recovery fund must be allocated to a common vaccination programme'

15/07/2020 | President

PACE President Rik Daems has appealed to European governments, currently negotiating a 750 billion euro recovery fund in the context of Europe's pandemic crisis, to dedicate part of it to a common vaccination programme. "Such a recovery plan must include a joint vaccination programme, co...

The Convention sets clear ‘red lines’ that cannot be crossed even in times of severe public health emergency

08/07/2020 | President

The European Convention on Human Rights, as well as many other Council of Europe legal instruments that form our Convention system, set clear “red lines” that cannot be crossed even in times of severe public health emergency, PACE President Rik Daems said today. “We have to protect the lives of...

President concerned by the ‘persistent deadlock’ in the Middle East peace process

24/06/2020 | President

Strasbourg, 24.06.2020 – “I am extremely worried by the persistent deadlock in the Middle East peace process. The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians remains a major source of instability for the whole region,” said Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of...

COVID-19: PACE President, joining other Council of Europe leaders, urges democratic safeguards during and...

04/06/2020 | President

PACE President Rik Daems has underlined the need to keep democratic safeguards in place during and after a pandemic, particularly parliamentary scrutiny of the executive, and again warned governments against trying to keep some restrictions in place once the COVID-19 crisis was over. Speaking...

Beyond COVID-19, human rights can help save the planet

04/06/2020 | President

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, and the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Rik Daems...

COVID-19: ‘Life after the Corona crisis will be different, but our rights stay the same’ says PACE...

09/05/2020 | President

“Life after the Corona crisis will be different – but our rights and freedoms should stay the same,” said PACE President Rik Daems in a special video message to mark the Schuman Declaration (9 May) and the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. “In the Council of...

COVID-19 / The challenge of European unity: preserving Europe’s common good in times of crisis

04/05/2020 | President

“The Council of Europe was born on the ashes of World War Two, thanks to brave people who, in a spirit of sacrifice, resisted tyranny and oppression to affirm the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” said Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of...

COVID-19 / World Press Freedom Day: ‘We need free and independent media, now more than ever’

30/04/2020 | President

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has recalled the vital role of journalists and the media in a democratic society. “In the age of misinformation and propaganda, professional and reliable...

COVID-19: 'Let’s not normalise the abnormal'

23/04/2020 | President

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, spells out the red lines no democracy should cross, even in a crisis – and warns that the COVID-19 emergency measures fast-tracked by governments around Europe should not become “the new normal”.

COVID-19: Joint statement on the role of parliaments in a time of pandemic

16/04/2020 | President

The Presidents of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA) issued the following joint statement: