PACE Monitoring Committee to focus more on rights of vulnerable groups

Strasbourg, 24.11.2009 – PACE’s Monitoring Committee should have a greater focus on the rights of vulnerable groups, such as children, the elderly, the disabled, migrants and minorities, according to its Chairperson.

“The financial crisis will continue to have detrimental effects on how these groups are treated,” pointed out Serhiy Holovaty (Ukraine, ALDE) at a recent hearing with the heads of three Council of Europe human rights monitoring bodies, Polonca Koncar of the European Committee of Social Rights, Alan Phillips of the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, and Nils Muiznieks who is Vice-Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.
The committee decided to make greater use of these bodies’ work when assessing how vulnerable groups in monitored countries are faring in the justice system, employment, housing and education, and whether they face discrimination or racism.