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Ms Thorhildur Sunna ÆVARSDÓTTIR


Membership of political groups

  • Vice-Chairperson: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group

Assembly Member

  • since 26/01/2017 Representative-Iceland

MP's role(s) in Committee(s) and Sub-Committee(s)

  • Full Member: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
  • Member: Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs
  • Full Member: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination
  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights


Last speeches

30/01/2020 | 12:30:13 Thank you, Mr President. Dear colleagues, I want to thank you all for an interesting debate and I would especially like to thank Mr Aleksander POCIEJ and Mr Stefan SCHENNACH for their support and for their kind words about my report. As to the criticism that my work has faced by some colleagues here in this room, I would like to touch upon a few points. First of all, that there is no universally agreed definition of political prisoners. Perhaps you might be right, dear colleagues, but this Assem... 30/01/2020 | 11:12:12 Thank you, Mr President. Dear colleagues, Azerbaijan’s membership of the Council of Europe is in crisis. No other country has left such serious problems unresolved for the entire duration of its membership. No other country has ignored an unprecedented ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that it had refused to implement an earlier court judgment. Azerbaijan is willfully defying the authority of the Court and the Committee of Ministers. It is challenging the very purpose of the Council o... 29/01/2020 | 17:20:31 In terms of what this report actually means for our organisation, I think it is a fundamental, a foundational step for us. One step of many that we need to take so that the organs of this organisation can work more in unison, can have better cohesion, can work as one, together for our common values which are democracy, the rule of law and human rights. I think only that standing together other and creating this kind of combined procedure that we can all work on together, we can truly be represen... 29/01/2020 | 10:21:09 Thank you, Mr President. Dear colleagues, Freedom of religion or belief is an important right, enshrined in article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group deeply respects everyone's freedom to manifest their religion. Religious persons or believers have the right not to be discriminated against in equal measure to everyone else. Nevertheless, we fear that this report tries to justify that one's religion or belief can give you the right to discrim... 28/01/2020 | 17:46:38 Thank you, Madame Chair, Let me begin by thanking the rapporteur for his excellent report. I believe it is a great contribution to the already vast work of this Assembly when it comes to the protection of freedom of expression. And to name just a few that have gone through my Committee during my previous chairmanship of the Legal Affairs Committee, I would of course mention the report on Daphne CARUANA GALIZIA's murder, but also our report on the protection of whistle-blowers all over Europe. Be...