Anne-Marie Lizin

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Anne-Marie Lizin
Madame Anne-Marie Lizin, president of the Belgian Senate, interviewd by Shanita Simmons, Guantanamo.jpg
Spc. Shanita Simmons interviews Lizin during a visit to Guantanamo
President of the Senate
In office
20 July 2004 – 12 July 2007
Preceded by Armand De Decker
Succeeded by Armand De Decker
Personal details
Born (1949-01-05) 5 January 1949 (age 65)
Huy, Belgium
Political party Socialist Party
Alma mater University of Liège
Website Official website

Anne-Marie Lizin (born 5 January 1949) is a Belgian politician, currently serving as the Honorary President of the Senate of Belgium.

Political career[edit]

Her career in politics began as a member of the city council of Ben-Ahin (fr) from 1970 to 1976. She also served on the city council of Huy in 1977 and was an alderman for Huy from 1980 to 1982. In 1983, Lizin 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. 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 (2004–2007).

On 27 January 2009 she was banned from the Socialist party after a corruption case.


Lizin is 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.[2]

In 2008, she created the organisation HOCRINT, an international co-ordination network that fight against honor crimes and forced marriages. She has also played an active role for the End Human Trafficking Now (EHTN) organisation, in which she currently sits on the board.[3][4]


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

Political interests[edit]

Lizin has been widely acclaimed for her devotion to tackling human rights issues. Of particular importance to her is the rights of women across the globe and the need to eradicate human trafficking.


  1. ^ "Micheline Toussaint succède à Anne-Marie Lizin au poste... -". 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Anne-Marie Lizin dépose plainte contre Micheline Toussaint" (in French). La 19 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Le différend Lizin-Toussaint réglé sur auto-tamponneuses?" (in French). 7sur7.BE. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Anne-Marie Lizin at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Armand De Decker
President of the Senate
Succeeded by
Armand De Decker