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Parliamentary Assembly Session: 4 to 8 October 2010

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio: On rights and responsibilities

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio

[07/10/2010 11:00:00] For the Parliamentary Assembly’s urgent debate on Europe’s Roma, Deputy Secretary General addressed the ''delicate subject'' of rights and responsibilities. ''On the one hand, human rights are absolute,'' she said. ''On the other hand, we – Roma and non Roma – have responsibilities.'' But ''conditions in which these responsibilities can be meaningfully exercised'' too often are lacking for the Roma, she explained. She hopes that the high level meeting on 20 October can help ''reconcile these two notions''.