1. The Committee on Social Affairs,
Health and Sustainable Development welcomes the fact that the draft resolution
prepared by the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media
builds on earlier texts adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly, in
particular on children’s right to physical integrity. The new text points
out, inter alia, that all
churches and religious communities have a responsibility to respect
human dignity and the fundamental rights protected by our democratic
constitutions, and that these values and principles are non-negotiable
and must prevail over any social or religious norms.
2. From the Social Affairs Committee's viewpoint, however, and
in the light of the recommendations made in, the text should be
clarified and strengthened to take better account of the European
Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5).
3. The Social Affairs Committee would therefore like to propose
a few amendments to the text submitted by the Committee on Culture,
Science, Education and Media for debate.