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Belarus: PACE President encourages an all-inclusive national political process and democratic reforms

"Events in Belarus demonstrate the paramount importance of the values the Council of Europe stands for. By actively defending their fundamental freedoms, the people of Belarus have chosen the path of democratic change. Therefore, an all-inclusive national political process is urgently needed to... More

Presidential election in Belarus: PACE President applauds the courage and determination of Belarus people, especially women, and calls on authorities to respect human rights and rule of law standards

Following the Presidential election in Belarus, PACE President Rik Daems made the following statement:  “I have been following closely the Presidential election in Belarus as well as the events of last night following the closing of the vote – I deeply regret that this election was far from being... More

Poland and the Istanbul Convention: joint statement by PACE President, General Rapporteur on violence against women, and co-rapporteurs on the monitoring of Poland

PACE President Rik Daems today made the following statement, jointly with Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo, General Rapporteur on violence against women, and Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) and Azadeh Rojhan Gustafsson (Sweden, SOC), co-rapporteurs on the monitoring of Poland: “The announcement by... More

‘We must do more to stop the trolls’ urges PACE President, as online hate crimes soar

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has urged European governments to do more to crack down on online hate, in a statement to mark the European Day for the Victims of Hate Crime (22 July). “Online hate is getting worse and worse,” said the President... More

Rik Daems: 'part of the European recovery fund must be allocated to a common vaccination programme'

PACE President Rik Daems has appealed to European governments, currently negotiating a 750 billion euro recovery fund in the context of Europe's pandemic crisis, to dedicate part of it to a common vaccination programme. "Such a recovery plan must include a joint vaccination programme, co... More

The Convention sets clear ‘red lines’ that cannot be crossed even in times of severe public health emergency

The European Convention on Human Rights, as well as many other Council of Europe legal instruments that form our Convention system, set clear “red lines” that cannot be crossed even in times of severe public health emergency, PACE President Rik Daems said today. “We have to protect the lives of... More