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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:

COVID-19: ‘In defeating the evil of coronavirus, we must not open the door to an Orwellian future of...

09/04/2020 | President

“Until enough people have been vaccinated against this coronavirus, we must limit its spread. One way is to track-and-trace infected people and those whom they meet. But this has huge privacy implications and will need very careful regulation to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law,” said Rik Daems.

COVID-19 / World Health Day: President calls on member States to better protect those who protect us

07/04/2020 | President

“On this World Health Day, I call on all our countries to do everything in their power to ensure that the protection of the health, safety and psychological well-being of healthcare workers be made a top priority in the current response to COVID-19,” Rik Daems said.

COVID-19: President urges states to abide by the ECHR when responding to the crisis

24/03/2020 | President

Rik Daems, the President of the PACE, has urged European governments to abide strictly by the European Convention on Human Rights when adopting emergency measures to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

On Women’s Rights Day, PACE President calls for ‘fifty-fifty’ gender parity in the Assembly

06/03/2020 | President

PACE President Rik Daems has called for the Parliamentary Assembly to achieve gender parity, launching the hash-tag #IWant5050 in a video clip to mark International Women's Rights Day (8 March 2020).

Rik Daems calls for ‘the right to a healthy environment’

27/02/2020 | President

Speaking at a conference, the PACE President made a plea to upgrade current legal instruments with the ultimate aim of drafting an additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights.