After an urgent debate, PACE deplores ‘recent cases of excessive use of force’ to disperse demonstrators

PACE has deplored “recent cases of excessive use of force to disperse demonstrators” and reiterated its call on authorities to ensure that police action, where necessary, remains proportionate. ... More

PACE committee condemns violations of the physical integrity of children

“Some parents, often with the best of intentions, give their consent to medically unjustified operations or interventions, which may have serious consequences for the physical integrity of their children. ... More

European Diplomas of the Council of Europe: 26 municipalities rewarded in 2013

Liliane Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC), Chairperson of the PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development and Sir Alan Meale (United Kingdom, SOC), Chairperson of the PACE Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize, today presented the 2013 European Diploma to the mayors of 26 prize-winning municipalities, at a ceremony at Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg. ... More

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem: tackling discrimination based on sexual orientation at all ages and all levels

“Wherever laws prevent LGBT people from marching for their rights or teachers from explaining to a young gay man or woman that he or she is as good as the next person, wherever two men or two women cannot kiss in public without putting themselves at risk, human rights take a backward step,” declared Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s minister for women’s rights. ... More

PACE warns against state interference with privacy on the Internet

“Some states filter Internet content, others violate laws and use private data, which they justify with arguments of a security nature, such as the fight against terrorism. They stifle freedom of expression by trying to control everything and restricting or preventing what they cannot control”, said Gvozden Srećko Flego (Croatia, SOC) introducing the current affairs debate on state interference with privacy on the Internet. ... More