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Building forward better for an inclusive post-Covid-19 world: promoting participation of persons with disabilities

On the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December 2021), the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination made the following statement: Throughout the world, persons with disabilities have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which limited their... More

PACE committee sets out wide-ranging recommendations for placing human rights at the heart of football

Football’s main players must put human rights values at the heart of the sport, a committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has said in a wide-ranging report on football governance. The report, prepared by Lord George Foulkes (United Kingdom, SOC) for the Assembly’s... More

Supporting the role of the media in times of crises

Collaboration between public authorities and the media is “one of the keyways of dealing with and overcoming a crisis”, and the authorities should “support the media so that the latter can perform their various roles to the full”, today said PACE Committee on culture. Unanimously adopting a draft... More

The Covid-19 situation: 'No-one is safe until everyone is safe'

The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development expressed its concern about the rapidly evolving Covid-19 pandemic. Adopting a statement today unanimously, it recommended “global equitable distribution of vaccines”, which is vital to protect public health. “No-one is safe... More

Measures to combat alleged violations of the rights of LGBTI people in the Southern Caucasus

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination is concerned about the situation of LGBTI people in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, noting that “many infringements of these people’s human rights have been alleged or confirmed”. Those countries, the Committee said, should adopt effective... More

PACE President makes working visit to the United Kingdom

Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a working visit to London on 1 and 2 December 2021. On this occasion, he is due to hold meetings with the Speakers of both Chambers of Parliament, the Minister for Europe and the Americas, the... More