Chairperson of the Group
Liliane Maury Pasquier, who was born in Geneva in 1956, started out as a Socialist elected representative at local level. She has been a member of the Swiss Parliament since 1995 and was Speaker of the National Council in 2002. In 2007 she was elected to the Council of States (the upper chamber), of which she is still a member today, having been re-elected twice.
Since 2007 she has been a member of the Swiss delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a delegation that she chaired from 2011 to 2013. In her capacity as a member of the Socialist Group, Liliane is a past Chair of the Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee and today chairs the Committee on Rules of Procedure.
A self-employed midwife by occupation, she gradually became a full-time politician; both of these professions show her commitment to helping other human beings. Within the Assembly she enjoys working with colleagues from all the national delegations on a broad range of issues, such as access to healthcare, an end to coerced castrations and sterilisations, the human rights situation in the Western Sahara, and also observation of elections.
She shares the values of the Council of Europe and the Socialist Group. Liliane is indeed convinced of the importance of promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe and elsewhere – more than ever in these times of extremism, violence and repression – in the Socialist spirit of justice, solidarity and cohesion.