PACE to hold two hearings in Paris: one on violent pornography, the other on psychological violence

Strasbourg, 07.06.2011 - The Equal Opportunities Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to hold two hearings in Paris on Wednesday 8 June, one on violent pornography, the other on psychological violence.

"While there is no consensus about the damage caused by pornography in general to women's dignity and status in society, the danger stemming from extreme and violent pornographic content is clear, and a response is needed," according to Michal Stuligrosz (Poland, EPP/CD), who is writing a report on this subject. Those attending the hearing (taking place from 2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.) include a detective inspector from London, whose remit includes organised crime and abusive and extreme images, and the chair of the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention Committee.

In the context of the preparation of a report by Elvira Kovács (Serbia, EPP/CD) on psychological violence, the committee is holding another hearing (from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.). Participants will include Marie-France Hirigoyen, a psychiatrist, and lawyer Yael Mellul, who will take stock of the situation in Council of Europe member states. The aim is to get this kind of violence recognised as an offence and included in the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

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These hearings will be open to the press (Council of Europe Paris office, 55 avenue Kléber, Métro Boissière).

Press contact: Micaela Catalano, Head of the PACE Communication Division, Tel. 06 08 56 40 65; micaela.catalano@coe.int