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Cyprus pilot project to combat child sex abuse hailed as ‘a great example’ for Europe

06/05/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A three-year Council of Europe pilot project in Cyprus to strengthen policies against sexual abuse of children has been hailed as “a great example” for the rest of Europe. Stella Kyriakides presented the results in Strasbourg.

Social rights are fundamental human rights

18/03/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Addressing the Interparliamentary Conference on the European Social Charter, Michele Nicoletti, President of the Italian delegation, warned that the real danger today were internal fears and divisions and not external threats.

Income inequalities in Europe "shocking"

18/03/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on the European Social Charter, Tuur Elzinga stressed that "in many European countries, the state of income inequalities is shocking and leads to a marginalisation of certain categories of the population".

Committee calls for withdrawal of ‘discriminatory’ draft text on people with mental health problems

16/03/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A committee has called for the withdrawal of a draft Council of Europe legal text on the involuntary placement and treatment of people with mental health problems on the ground that its basic premise is “discriminatory”.

World ‘woefully ill-prepared’ for future international health crises

15/03/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A committee has called for urgent exploration of new ways of facing international health crises – including an “empowered, well-governed and accountable” WHO and efficient national health systems.

A road-map for preventing the radicalisation of children

15/03/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

PACE’s Social Affairs Committee, meeting in Paris, has spelled out a series of measures to prevent the radicalisation of children by fighting the root causes of what may draw them towards violent extremism.

A report on the human rights and ethics of surrogacy to be considered in Paris

11/03/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

A report on “human rights and ethical issues related to surrogacy” is due to be discussed – and possibly adopted – by the Committee on Social Affairs at a meeting in Paris on Tuesday 15 March.

PACE rapporteur welcomes steps by WHO to increase access to affordable medicines

17/02/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“I took note with great interest of steps taken by WHO with a view to increasing the accessibility of affordable and innovative medicines,” said Liliane Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC), at the end of a visit to WHO headquarters in Geneva on 15 February.

PACE rapporteur welcomes WHO decision on Zika virus

03/02/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

PACE's rapporteur on international public health emergencies Silvia Bonet has welcomed the WHO decision declaring the Zika virus a Public Health Emergency. "This is an important step forward," she said.

Rapporteur concerned by disappearance of thousands of refugee children in Europe

02/02/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Sevinj Fataliyeva has suggested governments are “overlooking the most vulnerable” following a Europol report that thousands of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children have disappeared after arriving in Europe.

A rapporteur recalls the importance of ensuring transparency for all clinical test results

22/01/2016 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“The death of a patient in Rennes during a clinical trial of a new medicine shows, once again, the importance of ensuring absolute transparency of all clinical test results,” said Liliane Maury Pasquier.

COP21: parliamentarians push for an ambitious Paris agreement on climate change

10/12/2015 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Parliaments should focus on what they do best: promote national climate laws and get them recognised in the global agreement”, said Lord Prescott, in Paris during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21).