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Miltiadis Varvitsiotis: restrictions imposed in situations of health crisis must be ‘necessary, temporary, proportionate and under constant review’

“Confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic, people widely observed the restrictions imposed to protect human life and public health, showing a strong sense of maturity and respect for human life,” said Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, the Greek Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Committee... More

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: 'The greatest threat in Europe now is complacency'

“The greatest threat in Europe now is complacency. The COVID-19 pandemic is not over; and nobody is safe until we are all safe,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, addressing PACE's Standing Committee today by video-conference. The impacts of COVID... More

For a modern contraception accessible to all

All types of modern contraception, including long-acting reversible contraception “should be accessible and affordable for everyone”, irrespective of their sex, social or national origin and any other status, and should be “accompanied by reliable advice and information”, the PACE Standing... More

COVID-19: responding to the next pandemic, states should act fast and comply with human rights

States facing future pandemic crises should “act fast to contain outbreaks, using tried and tested, effective measures, implemented in a rights-compliant way,” the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has said. Responses should be “data-driven, evidence-based, and incorporate... More

A higher priority for stopping sexual violence against children

PACE has expressed its deep concern at the spread of sexual violence against children, often unreported due to shame, unbalanced power relations between victims and perpetrators, fear of disclosing intimate information or the fact that disclosure could result in further victimisation. Adopting a... More

Standing Committee: exchange of views with WHO Director General on COVID-19

An exchange of views on the COVID-19 pandemic with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, was one of the highlights of the meeting of the Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which met on Friday 26 June 2020... More