25/06/2019 | 19:02:20 Yes, Madam President, I will speak in the language of my compatriot, Rousseau, and I take the floor as First Vice-President, since Ms KOVÁCS is the rapporteur, she cannot be judge and jury. First of all, before I make a statement, I would like to have three small Swiss verses on behalf of the Committee. Firstly, to pay tribute to Ms Liliane MAURY PASQUET, our President who in my country, as I can attest, as others on all political sides can also attest, has fought hard for the cause of women... 23/01/2019 | 11:32:21 Jefferson said that, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press”. As several colleagues have said, it is true that the situation of the press is an indicator of whether a democratic society is in good health, but press plurality is something that few member States in the Council of Europe are offering. Every year, Reporters Without Borders identifies and ranks countries that respect press plurality; in 2018, Norway was No.1 and Switzerland was No. 5. It denounced many States represented... 22/01/2019 | 18:33:45 I have been asked to present the opinion of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. I thank our staff and Mr Gutiérrez, who cannot be here, for his report. Perhaps I may recall what is said in the report on behalf of the committee. We feel that when it comes to human rights there is no room for religious or cultural exceptions. That needs to be made clear because sometimes people have impugned our motives, saying that we are very lax. I think we all agree that universal rights... 22/01/2019 | 11:01:14 I thank you wholeheartedly, dear colleagues; never has so much mention been made of Switzerland. I thank Mr Gianni BUQUICCHIO, who even quoted James Fazy – the founder of the modern republic in 1847 – and my illustrious compatriot Jean-Jacques Rousseau. We owe him a great deal. Having said that, I have heard a lot of concerns expressed about referendums. How can we avoid them? Perhaps we need to define referendums. Unfortunately – this is my personal opinion – they are not sufficiently...
21/01/2019 | Doc. 14805 | Committee Opinion Compatibility of Sharia law with the European Convention on Human Rights: can States Parties to the Convention be signatories to the “Cairo Declaration”? 09/05/2018 | Doc. 14557 | Report Detainees with disabilities in Europe
06/12/2019 | Doc. 15011 | Motion for a resolution Discrimination against persons dealing with long-term illness 25/10/2019 | Doc. 15003 | Written declaration German singer Saide Inac and her daughter must be immediately released from Turkish prisons 08/10/2019 | Doc. 14993 | Written declaration Call for the immediate lifting of a travel ban placed on Resit Ekinci from Recklinghausen, Germany 04/10/2019 | Doc. 14986 | Motion for a resolution Tackling discrimination based on social origins 04/10/2019 | Doc. 14987 | Motion for a resolution The fight for a level playing field – ending discrimination against women in the world of sport
03/10/2019 | Doc. 14971, vote on the draft text for resolution Saving lives in the Mediterranean Sea: the need for an urgent response 02/10/2019 | Doc. 14953, vote on the draft text for resolution Ombudsman institutions in Europe - the need for a set of common standards 02/10/2019 | Doc. 14953, vote on the draft text for recommendation Ombudsman institutions in Europe - the need for a set of common standards 01/10/2019 | Doc. 14958, vote on the draft text for resolution Improving the protection of whistle-blowers all over Europe 01/10/2019 | Doc. 14958, vote on the draft text for recommendation Improving the protection of whistle-blowers all over Europe