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In the political groups

  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group since 25/01/2021
  • Vice-Chairperson: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group from 27/01/2020 to 24/01/2021
  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group from 30/09/2019 to 26/01/2020

In the Assembly

  • since 30/09/2019 Substitute - Belgium

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

  • General Rapporteur on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (since 30/01/2020)
  • Full Member: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (since 30/09/2019)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Integration (from 03/10/2019 to 28/01/2020)
  • Alternate of Ms Darya SAFAI (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (since 30/09/2019)
  • Alternate of Ms Darya SAFAI (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Diasporas and Integration (since 30/01/2020)
  • Alternate of Ms Darya SAFAI (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Diasporas (from 03/10/2019 to 28/01/2020)
  • Alternate of Ms Els van HOOF (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Disability, Multiple and Intersectional Discrimination (since 02/10/2019)


Last speeches

21/04/2021 | 11:36:57 Thank you, Mr Chair, Dear members of the Assembly, In Belarus protests broke out on 9 August following the national elections. The protests continued until the end of the year. LGBTI people and activists have participated and supported the protests from the beginning. Some brought rainbow flags to the protest to be visible and to make a statement about our existence and participation and steps towards democracy. I am gravely concerned by the increased support of mass detention, intimidation... 28/01/2021 | 11:43:46 Dear Mr Chair, Dear members of the Assembly, I would primarily like to thank the rapporteur for his excellent work on such an important matter. Ethnic profiling remains a persistent practice in Europe. On a daily basis individuals are the victims of targeted identity checks from law enforcement officers, on the grounds of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, or perceived religion. The impact of this practice is devastating, both on individuals and society as a whole. Ethnic profiling is a... 28/01/2020 | 11:21:19   Thank you, Madam Chair,  Members of the Assembly, First of all, I wanted to thank the co-rapporteurs for the work they have been doing. As members of the Assembly, it's important that our governments defend democracy, the rule of law and human rights. And as the resolution already emphasises, we have seen an increase of intolerance and intolerant behaviour towards minorities. Especially towards members of the LGBT community. The intolerance has grown to such an extent that it has resulted... 03/10/2019 | 18:32:22 Dear Madam Chair, dear Madam Rapporteur. Thank you for your effort to research and write on such an important topic. I was happy to read your report and hope that it will start some very concrete steps and measurements. I would like to bring up point three of the draft resolution, which talks about a proactive approach by the Council of Europe to the protection of victims of natural and man-made disasters and to improve disaster preparedness mechanisms, both in Europe and in other regions. It... 03/10/2019 | 16:11:11 Madam Chair, dear colleagues. I would like to state that, what should have been a democratic high day in Russia, became a breach of trust in our democracy. Approximately 5,000 elections on the local and regional level were held in Russia in September, and, as well, we all know that the local election of Moscow was one that was closely monitored. I say this because elections have been in breach of trust and democracy, because around 2,500 people were arrested while protesting against the...