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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.

A convention for the people: Council of Europe marks the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on...

29/01/2020 | President

The leaders of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, David Zalkaliani, Rik Daems and Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, have issued a statement to launch the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights in 2020.

Rik Daems elected PACE President

27/01/2020 | President

Rik Daems has been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Succeeding Liliane Maury Pasquier, he becomes PACE’s 33rd President and the third Belgian representative since 1949.

President Liliane Maury Pasquier’s New Year wishes for 2020

31/12/2019 | President

"As 2019 comes to a close, I would like to wish every child and every adult a happy New Year. The year 2019 brought us many surprises, crises and discoveries. So, what lessons do we take with us into the new year ahead?"

PACE President: to preserve the values of our ‘Common Home’ we must get back to the basics

18/12/2019 | President

"I am convinced that it is more important than ever to go back to our basics," said Liliane Maury Pasquier, addressing students of the Moscow Institute of International Relations at the end of her working visit to Russia.

President to address Ombudspersons conference in Moscow

12/12/2019 | President

Liliane Maury Pasquier is to address participants at the 3rd International Conference on “Human rights protection in Eurasia: exchange of best practice among Ombudspersons” taking place in Moscow on 17 December.

Council of Europe leaders highlight 70 years of the Convention

09/12/2019 | President

Thanks to the Convention, overseen by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Europe has the strongest system of international human rights protection anywhere in the world.

Joint statement regretting Slovak Parliament’s opposition to ratifying the Istanbul Convention

02/12/2019 | President

We regret to learn of the renewed opposition of the Slovak Parliament to ratify the the Istanbul Convention, said President Liliane Maury Pasquier and Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo, the Assembly’s General Rapporteur on violence against women.