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Sir Christopher CHOPE (United Kingdom, EC/DA)

Mandates

In the political groups

  • Member: European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance since 05/10/2019
  • Member: European Conservatives Group from 24/11/2017 to 04/10/2019
  • Chairperson: European Conservatives Group from 05/10/2014 to 07/11/2015
  • Chairperson: European Democrat Group from 29/09/2014 to 04/10/2014
  • Acting Chairperson: European Democrat Group from 10/04/2014 to 28/09/2014
  • First Vice-Chairperson: European Democrat Group from 27/01/2014 to 09/04/2014
  • Treasurer: European Democrat Group from 01/09/2005 to 26/01/2014

In the Assembly

  • since 24/11/2017 Substitute - United Kingdom
  • from 01/09/2005 to 07/11/2015 Representative - United Kingdom

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Third Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 25/01/2022 to 21/01/2024)
  • Full Member EC/DA: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (since 05/10/2019)
  • Full Member EC: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 24/01/2019 to 04/10/2019)
  • Full Member: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 01/06/2018 to 22/01/2023)
  • Full Member EC: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 22/01/2018 to 20/01/2019)
  • Full Member: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (from 24/11/2017 to 31/05/2018)
  • Full Member EC: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 26/01/2015 to 07/11/2015)
  • Ex officio (Rule 19.5 of the Rules of Procedure - Chairpersons of Political Groups): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 29/09/2014 to 07/11/2015)
  • Ex officio (Rule 19.5 of the Rules of Procedure - Chairpersons of Political Groups): Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (from 29/09/2014 to 07/11/2015)
  • Ex officio (Rule 19.5 of the Rules of Procedure - Chairpersons of Political Groups): Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs (from 29/09/2014 to 07/11/2015)
  • Chairperson of Political Group: Presidential Committee (from 10/04/2014 to 07/11/2015)
  • Chairperson of Political Group: Bureau of the Assembly (from 10/04/2014 to 07/11/2015)
  • Chairperson of Political Group: Standing Committee (from 10/04/2014 to 07/11/2015)
  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (from 27/01/2014 to 28/09/2014)
  • Chairperson: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 21/01/2013 to 26/01/2014)
  • Chairperson: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 23/01/2012 to 20/01/2013)
  • Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights: Standing Committee (from 23/01/2012 to 26/01/2014)
  • Ex officio (Rule 44.1 of the Rules of Procedure): Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (from 23/01/2012 to 26/01/2014)
  • Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights: Bureau of the Assembly (from 23/01/2012 to 26/01/2014)
  • Full Member: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 03/10/2011 to 07/11/2015)
  • Chairperson: (Former) Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population (from 01/09/2005 to 23/01/2012)
  • Member: Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs (from 01/09/2005 to 28/09/2014)
  • Chairperson: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (from 19/04/2021 to 25/01/2022)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (from 22/03/2021 to 22/01/2023)
  • Chairperson: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (from 28/01/2020 to 24/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (from 26/06/2018 to 24/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on External Relations (from 14/12/2017 to 22/01/2023)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the Middle East and the Arab World (from 28/01/2015 to 07/11/2015)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on External Relations (from 28/01/2015 to 07/11/2015)
  • Full Member EC: Sub-Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 05/10/2014 to 25/01/2015)
  • Vice-Chairperson: Sub-Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 28/01/2014 to 25/01/2015)
  • EDG Full Member: Sub-Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 28/01/2014 to 04/10/2014)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Detention (from 03/10/2013 to 26/01/2014)
  • Ex officio: Sub-Committee on Human Rights (from 23/01/2012 to 26/01/2014)
  • Ex officio: Sub-Committee on Crime Problems and the Fight against Terrorism (from 23/01/2012 to 26/01/2014)
  • Ex officio: Sub-Committee on Rule of Law (from 23/01/2012 to 26/01/2014)
  • Ex officio: Sub-Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 23/01/2012 to 26/01/2014)
  • EDG Full Member: Sub-Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 27/01/2011 to 23/01/2012)
  • Member: Sub-Committee on Refugees (from 01/09/2005 to 25/01/2011)
  • EDG Alternate: Sub-Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 01/09/2005 to 27/01/2011)
  • Alternate of Ms Nickie AIKEN (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (since 23/01/2023)
  • Alternate of Lord Andrew ADONIS (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 26/06/2020 to 23/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Lord David BLENCATHRA (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 24/11/2017 to 25/06/2020)
  • Alternate of Lord David BLENCATHRA (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 24/01/2022 to 22/01/2023)
  • Alternate of Dame Angela WATKINSON (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (from 21/01/2013 to 26/01/2014)
  • Alternate of Sir Edward LEIGH (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (from 23/01/2012 to 20/01/2013)
  • Alternate of Mr Jim SHERIDAN (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (from 27/01/2014 to 07/11/2015)
  • Alternate of Mr Nicholas BOLES (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 12/11/2010 to 02/10/2011)
  • Alternate of Ms Maggie THROUP (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Disability, Multiple and Intersectional Discrimination (from 07/12/2017 to 31/05/2018)
  • Alternate of Mr Robert NEILL (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Human Rights (from 28/01/2014 to 07/11/2015)

Interventions

Last speeches

12/10/2023 | 19:42:10 Thank you, Mister President. On 29 October Türkiye will be celebrating the centenary of its foundation as a modern democracy with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. What better way could President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan mark this centenary than by releasing Mr Osman Kavala and thereby helping to reestablish Türkiye's commitment to the rule of law? As others have said, Ms Kavala spoke eloquently, and I thought with incredible restraint, at the meeting of our Committee about her husband's plight after the... 12/10/2023 | 17:41:59 Mister President, this is a really important debate. And displaced people always leads to a tragic situation and we are talking here about 100 000 being displaced in Nagorno-Karabakh and just in the last week 150 000 people or more have been displaced in Gaza. And we know that over the last two or three years perhaps 300 000 people have been forced to leave the Russian Federation and have gone to Armenia. And the fact that this is happening all over the world doesn't make it any more... 23/06/2023 | 11:00:19 Can I thank everybody for participating? Well, I think it has been an excellent debate. A number of issues have arisen, one being the definition of transnational repression. All I can say is that the report calls for more work to be done on this. I think for most people, when they are confronted with it, they know that it is transnational repression. I wouldn't be too hung up on the definitions. I'm grateful to my two colleagues from the UK Parliament who are members of the Socialist Group... 23/06/2023 | 10:04:35 ...to serve under your Chairmanship. I don't think there is any doubt about the fact that transnational repression is indeed a growing threat to the rule of law and human rights. This was brought home to us in the United Kingdom with Mr Alexander Litvinenko's case and the Salisbury poisonings. My report, the draft Resolution and the draft Recommendation were adopted unanimously by the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights at its meeting in Cyprus. On Wednesday, Amendment 1 was accepted... 26/04/2023 | 18:45:16 Mister Chairman, This draft resolution and draft recommendation perfectly illustrate the impotence of this organisation. I was disappointed that the rapporteur did not refer in his opening remarks to the case of Mr Osman Kavala. There have only ever been two cases before the European Court of Human Rights which have been the subject of infringement proceedings, under Article 46, Paragraph 4 of the Convention. One of those cases remains unresolved. That is the case of Mr Osman Kavala. Mr Osman...

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