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COVID-19: ‘Life after the Corona crisis will be different, but our rights stay the same’ says PACE President

“Life after the Corona crisis will be different – but our rights and freedoms should stay the same,” said PACE President Rik Daems in a special video message to mark the Schuman Declaration (9 May) and the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. “In the Council of... More

COVID-19 / The challenge of European unity: preserving Europe’s common good in times of crisis

“The Council of Europe was born on the ashes of World War Two, thanks to brave people who, in a spirit of sacrifice, resisted tyranny and oppression to affirm the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” said Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of... More

COVID-19 / World Press Freedom Day: ‘We need free and independent media, now more than ever’

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has recalled the vital role of journalists and the media in a democratic society. “In the age of misinformation and propaganda, professional and reliable... More

COVID-19: 'Let’s not normalise the abnormal'

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, spells out the red lines no democracy should cross, even in a crisis – and warns that the COVID-19 emergency measures fast-tracked by governments around Europe should not become “the new normal”. More

COVID-19: Joint statement on the role of parliaments in a time of pandemic

The Presidents of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA) issued the following joint statement: More

COVID-19: Assembly President launches #PACEvoices

The PACE President today launched a new hashtag initiative #PACEvoices to interact with his fellow MPs - as well as a larger public - on social media in times of physical distancing. More