ZAGREB, Oct 24 (Croatia Sun News) – The heads of parliament of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states met in Strasbourg on Thursday to discuss, after 70 years of the pan-European institution, how to deal with global challenges and strengthen and protect human rights in the process.
Addressing them, CoE Secretary-General Marija Pejcinovic Buric said the CoE’s achievements over the past 70 years were enormous, highlighting the fact that there is no death penalty in all 47 member states.
Warning about new challenges, she mentioned corruption, threats to judicial independence, journalists and freedom of the press, the restrictions encountered by human rights defenders and civil society, the rising populist rhetoric and hate speech based on prejudice and fear.
There’s no country without domestic violence
Pejcinovic Buric, the second woman ever to chair the CoE, said it was necessary to prevent abuse in every area of life and in the workplace, and recalled the CoE Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
There is no country in the world, no matter how democratic and developed, with zero violence against women and domestic violence, she told Croatian reporters.
She said that after 70 years, the CoE remained a relevant organisation as it oversaw each country regardless of development, from domestic to prison violence.
She warned about the rise in racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, the threat to social rights and new challenges such as artificial intelligence, saying that her goal was to increase the visibility of the CoE’s work.
The meeting was also attended by Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandrokovic.