"International labelling of transgender people as ill must stop", says rapporteur

“Being transgender is not an illness, and it is time that medical standards around the world reflect that,” said PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people Jonas Gunnarsson. More

PACE to observe the presidential election in the Republic of Moldova

Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) © Shutterstock A 21-member delegation of the Assembly, led by Elisabeth Schneider-Schneiter (Switzerland, EPP/CD), will travel to the Republic of Moldova from 28 to 31 October 2016 to observe the conduct of the presidential election. More

Montenegro: competitive elections; lack of distinct domestic policy alternatives

Montenegro’s elections were held in a competitive environment and fundamental freedoms were generally respected in a campaign characterised by a lack of distinct domestic policy alternatives.  More

German Foreign Minister: ‘Human rights are and must remain non-negotiable’

“Human rights are and must remain non-negotiable,” German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told parliamentarians. “They are not just an instrument to be used when it suits on the road to peace.” More

President congratulates new UN Secretary General, a former Parliamentary Assembly colleague

Agramunt PACE President Pedro Agramunt congratulated António Guterres on his election as the Secretary General of the United Nations. "The unanimous vote in the General Assembly gives you a strong political mandate", Mr Agramunt said.  More

Europe’s response to “demographic winter” must be a cross-sectorial approach to social, labour and migration policies

Policies must be developed to address the current decline in fertility, known as the “European demographic winter”, and curb the negative effects of population ageing, as declared today by PACE. More

Ensuring access to healthcare to all children in Europe

According to the report by Stella Kyriakides, unanimously adopted by the Social Affairs Committee on 11 October, even in the early 21st century, not all children in Europe enjoy equal access to healthcare services. More

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