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In the political groups

  • Vice-Chairperson: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe since 28/01/2020
  • Member: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe from 26/06/2017 to 27/01/2020

In the Assembly

  • since 26/06/2017 Representative-Netherlands

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

  • First Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (since 27/01/2020)
  • Full Member: Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (since 30/09/2019)
  • Chairperson of national delegation: Standing Committee (since 10/09/2019)
  • Full Member: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (since 09/10/2017)
  • Alternate of Ms Tineke STRIK (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (from 09/10/2017 to 29/09/2019)


Last speeches

29/01/2020 | 10:24:12 Dear President, Freedom of thought, conscience, and religion as enshrined in article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights is one of the pillars of democratic pluralistic societies. At the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group, we believe that this freedom is an essential element of the identity of individuals, and can be important for believers, atheists, agnostics, or secular citizens alike. Or, in other words, this freedom is a freedom to hold religious beliefs, to... 03/10/2019 | 10:14:26 Madam President, Allow me to quote our Commissioner for Human Rights to the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatović: "Whilst states have the right to control their borders and ensure security, they also have the duty to effectively protect the rights enshrined in maritime, Human Rights and refugee laws”. This quote is from her statements on June 2019, when she issued her recommendation Lives saved. Rights protected. Bridging the protection gap for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean. I... 25/06/2019 | 15:54:13 Dear President, On behalf of the ALDE group, I would like to compliment both Rapporteurs Ms Zita GURMAI and Ms Elvira KOVÁCS for their excellent reports. Dear colleagues, Think of all the women you know and realise that 1 out of 3 of your female family members, friends and colleagues have experienced some form of gender-based violence since she was 15. 1 out of 10 has experienced some form of sexual violence, and 1 out of 20 has been raped. Very often the perpetrator was a current or a... 22/01/2019 | 18:53:08 On behalf of ALDE, I thank all the rapporteurs for their work. ALDE underlines the importance of the rule of law, the separation of State and religion, and the recognition of pluralism. Where human rights are concerned, there should be no room for cultural or religious exceptions, and we acknowledge that the Cairo Declaration is not in line with the main international human rights instruments. However, the set-up of the report and the examples chosen imply that we are faced with a trend of...