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COVID-19 / World Health Day: President calls on member States to better protect those who protect us

“On this World Health Day, I call on all our countries to do everything in their power to ensure that the protection of the health, safety and psychological well-being of healthcare workers be made a top priority in the current response to COVID-19,” Rik Daems said. More

COVID-19 / World Health Day: ‘Access to family planning is essential, even in a time of crisis’

“It is essential that access to family planning is guaranteed even during the COVID-19 crisis, which is putting sexual and reproductive health and rights at risk,” said Petra Bayr, Chairperson of PACE’s Committee on Equality and Non-discrimination. More

COVID-19: AI can be a useful tool to combat pandemics, provided its use, including for tracking, is responsible, ethical and human-centred, says PACE rapporteur

“Although Artificial Intelligence (AI) may prove a useful ally in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, we should not forget that its use may raise serious human rights concerns that can undermine the trust placed in governments,” said Deborah Bergamini. More

COVID-19: Monitors urge Turkish authorities to ensure any prisoner release is non-discriminatory

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and an expected sanitary crisis in Turkish detention centres, co-rapporteurs Thomas Hammarberg and John Howell have urged the Turkish authorities to ensure that any early or conditional release of prisoners is non-discriminatory and does not exclude prisoners detained on political grounds. More

COVID-19: Migration Committee head calls on States to show greater solidarity with migrants

Pierre-Alain Fridez has welcomed yesterday's ruling by the European Court of Justice that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, by refusing to comply with the temporary mechanism for the relocation of applicants for international protection in 2015, “failed to fulfil their obligations under EU law”. More

COVID-19: The head of PACE’s Sub-Committee on Diasporas urges governments to make it easier for diasporas to send money home during the crisis

The head of PACE’s Sub-Committee on Diasporas has urged European governments to make it easier for diasporas to send money home to their countries of origin during the COVID-19 crisis. More