Anne-Marie Lizin

Anne-Marie Lizin
Anne Marie Lizin au Sénat.jpg
United Nations Independent Expert on extreme poverty and human rights
In office
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Arjun Kumar Sengupta
President of the Senate
In office
20 July 2004 – 12 July 2007
Preceded by Armand De Decker
Succeeded by Armand De Decker
Personal details
Anne-Marie Vanderspeeten

(1949-01-05)5 January 1949
Huy, Belgium
Died 17 October 2015(2015-10-17) (aged 66)
Huy, Belgium
Political party Socialist Party
Michel Lizin
( m. 1971)
Alma mater University of Liège
Website Official website

Anne-Marie Lizin-Vanderspeeten (5 January 1949 – 17 October 2015) was a Belgian politician, who served as the President of the Senate of Belgium from 2004 to 2007.

Political career

Her career in politics began as a member of the city council of Ben-Ahin [fr] from 1970–76. She served on the city council of Huy in 1977 and was an alderman for Huy from 1980–82. In 1983, she was appointed mayor of Huy, holding this position for 26 years. In March 2009 she was forced to resign because of a series of scandals. She was succeeded by Micheline Toussaint.[1]

In 1979, Lizin was elected as an elected Member of the European Parliament. In 1988, she was elected into the Belgian government, and served in office for eight years. During her first term, she was appointed as Secretary of State for European Affairs, yet she decided to leave this role in 1992 to initiate the Commission of Inquiry on human trafficking.[citation needed] In 2003, she became President of the Commission for External Relations and Defence of the Belgian Senate; In 2004, she was appointed President of the Senate of Belgium, before finally becoming Senator in July 2007. She was the first female President of the Belgian Senate (2004–07). On 27 January 2009 she was banned from the Socialist party after a corruption case.[citation needed] Outside of her career in Belgian politics, Lizin was the United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty from 1998 to 2004.[2]

Court trial

In March 2015 she was convicted in appeals court in Liege for electoral malpractice.[3] She had appealed the conviction to the Supreme Court.[4]


Anne-Marie Lizin ( top row, third from left) with the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

Lizin was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a global nonprofit organization that combats child sexual exploitation, child pornography, and child abduction.[5]

In 2008, she created the organisation HOCRINT, an international co-ordination network that fight against honor crimes and forced marriages. She played an active role for the End Human Trafficking Now (EHTN) organisation, in which she sat on the board till her death.[6][7]


During her time in politics, Lizin released many publications, her most famous include, Women of Europe and the Third World, what solidarity? (1983) Social Democracy Tomorrow (1990) and Kosovo Independence Inevitable (1997).[citation needed]

Political interests

Lizin was widely acclaimed for her devotion to tackling human rights issues. Of particular importance to her were the rights of women across the globe and the need to eradicate human trafficking.[citation needed]


Lizin was hospitalized in Paris on 7 October 2015.[8] A few days after being released from hospital in Paris, she died in Hotel Fort at Huy in Belgium on 17 October 2015 at the age of 66.[9]



  1. ^ "Micheline Toussaint succède à Anne-Marie Lizin au poste..." Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights". Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ GNRD-topp dømt for valgjuks
  4. ^ GNRD's 'High Commissioner' sentenced Archived 10 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "ICMEC Board Members". Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Anne-Marie Lizin dépose plainte contre Micheline Toussaint" (in French). La 19 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Le différend Lizin-Toussaint réglé sur auto-tamponneuses?" (in French). 7sur7.BE. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  8. ^ Anne-Marie Lizin est décédée (in French)
  9. ^ Anne-Marie Lizin overleden (in Dutch)
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Political offices
Preceded by
Armand De Decker
President of the Senate
Succeeded by
Armand De Decker