#MeToo: alarming levels of sexual abuse and violence found in parliaments

A new study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe shows that acts of sexism, abuse and violence against women are widespread in parliaments across Europe. More

It’s time to move on from out-dated approaches to gender identity

"On the Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation, I welcome the World Health Organisation’s decision to remove transgender identities from the mental health disorders chapter of the new ICD 11,” said Piet De Bruyn.  More

'Human traffickers cannot act with impunity'

“Human trafficking has been identified as a growing phenomenon throughout Europe, often in relation to refugees and asylum-seekers who are among the most vulnerable potential victims of traffickers and organised crime,” said Vernon Coaker. More

PACE rapporteur reacts to abduction and abuse of Oleg Kozlovsky in Ingushetia

“I am outraged by the abduction and violent abuse of Oleg Kozlovsky, apparently by the Ingushetian police. Russia must urgently investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Mr Schwabe.  More

Ten key steps to better protect children against sexual violence in sport

Children in sports are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and parliaments should therefore intensify their efforts to better protect the children concerned. Parliamentarians discussed an action plan to combat this phenomenon. More

Smolensk crash: Russia should hand over the aircraft wreckage to Polish authorities ‘without further delay’

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) PACE has called on Russia to “hand over the wreckage of the Polish Air Force Tu-154 to the competent Polish authorities without further delay”, in a manner that “avoids any further deterioration” of potential evidence. More

Criminal proceedings: minimum standards for trial waiver systems

Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) the Assembly has considered it essential that appropriate safeguards are needed in order to ensure that member States enjoy the potential benefits that trial waiver systems may offer, whilst minimising the threat to human rights. More

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