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COVID-19: a ‘devastating’ impact on children’s mental health

18/06/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

Participants at a PACE online webinar today looked at lessons from the COVID-19 crisis on child safeguarding and protection, concluding that the pandemic had had a “devastating” impact on children’s mental health, with a special impact on young people unable to take part in sport. The event...

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COVID-19: Urgent need for a ‘strong regulatory and ethical framework’ for AI in healthcare

04/06/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

PACE’s rapporteur on Artificial Intelligence in healthcare, Selin Sayek Böke (Turkey, SOC), has again urged a “strong regulatory and ethical framework” for AI in health to ensure public trust, underlining the need for robust data governance, clear consent procedures, and a healthy balance between...

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COVID-19: ‘Rapid and sustained' rights-based responses to epidemic outbreaks

02/06/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“The lessons from the suffering of the past few months must be that we need to act fast to contain outbreaks, using tried and tested, effective measures, implemented in a rights-compliant way, to avoid a disastrous outcome in terms of lives lost and burden of sickness, as well as knock-on effects...

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COVID-19: ‘Drawing lessons from the pandemic is instrumental in order to respond to future health crisis...

20/05/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“The member States' health systems will have to strive to adapt in order to be able to better cope in the future with a health emergency such as COVID-19, while respecting fundamental rights and freedoms,” said Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL) who was appointed yesterday as rapporteur on the lessons...

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Addressing sexual violence against children, a political priority

19/05/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

PACE Committee on Social Affairs has called on Council of Europe member States “to make addressing sexual violence against children a political priority, to make full use of the available resources and to step up their action and increase co-operation”.During a virtual meeting held today, the...

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COVID-19: ‘We are not forced to choose between health and privacy, we can have both’ says PACE rapporteur

18/05/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

With COVID-19 raising fears of increased surveillance, PACE’s rapporteur on Artificial Intelligence in healthcare, Selin Sayek Böke (Turkey, SOC), has issued a strong call for a new framework to regulate AI in this area, urging “a new era of citizen empowerment” for health data which will protect...

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COVID-19 / Responses to the pandemic: committee to assess lessons for the future at hearing

15/05/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic which has spread to all continents –resulting in more than 4 million cases of infection and 280,000 deaths worldwide to date – what conclusive lessons can be drawn and used in the event of future health crises, while giving priority to human rights? The...

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COVID-19: PACE rapporteurs spell out road-map for economic recovery, post-virus

07/05/2020 | Political Affairs and Democracy

Two PACE rapporteurs have called on national policy-makers and international institutions to “act in a concerted manner now in order to beat both the virus and the crisis”, urging a strong political response which stabilises economies while protecting the vulnerable. In a joint statement...

COVID-19: ‘Let’s help the WHO help all of us’

20/04/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“I call on all member States of the Council of Europe and all relevant partners to step up and support the World Health Organization, both morally and financially, in a spirit of global solidarity,” declared Luís Leite Ramos.

COVID-19: We must face the pandemic while respecting economic and social rights, says committee Chair

01/04/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“European citizens are on their balconies and at their windows every evening to pay tribute to health workers, but Europe should not be content with applause and thanks,” said Luís Leite Ramos, Chair of the Committee on Social Affairs.

Repatriating children from conflict zones is a human rights obligation

28/01/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development expressed its concern about the situation of the children in Syria and Iraq whose parents are believed to be affiliated to ISIS/Daesh.

For a legally binding Council of Europe instrument against trafficking in human tissues and cells

03/12/2019 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The use of human cells and tissues for transplantation and research, while saving lives and restoring essential physical functions, raises many ethical and legal questions, according to the Social Affairs Committee.