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President urges states to abide by the ECHR when responding to COVID-19 crisis

Rik Daems, the President of the PACE, has urged European governments to abide strictly by the European Convention on Human Rights when adopting emergency measures to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. More

On Women’s Rights Day, PACE President calls for ‘fifty-fifty’ gender parity in the Assembly

PACE President Rik Daems has called for the Parliamentary Assembly to achieve gender parity, launching the hash-tag #IWant5050 in a video clip to mark International Women's Rights Day (8 March 2020). More

Rik Daems calls for ‘the right to a healthy environment’

Speaking at a conference, the PACE President made a plea to upgrade current legal instruments with the ultimate aim of drafting an additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights. More

A convention for the people: Council of Europe marks the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights

The leaders of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, David Zalkaliani, Rik Daems and Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, have issued a statement to launch the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights in 2020. More

Rik Daems elected PACE President

Rik Daems has been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Succeeding Liliane Maury Pasquier, he becomes PACE’s 33rd President and the third Belgian representative since 1949. More

President Liliane Maury Pasquier’s New Year wishes for 2020

"As 2019 comes to a close, I would like to wish every child and every adult a happy New Year. The year 2019 brought us many surprises, crises and discoveries. So, what lessons do we take with us into the new year ahead?" More