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Ms Laura CASTEL (Spain, UEL)

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ES - 28013 - Madrid

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2024 , 2023 , 2022 , 2021 , 2020


In the political groups

  • Vice-Chairperson: Group of the Unified European Left since 29/04/2022
  • Member: Group of the Unified European Left from 28/06/2021 to 28/04/2022
  • Member: Members not belonging to a Political Group from 06/03/2020 to 27/06/2021

In the Assembly

  • since 06/03/2020 Representative - Spain

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

  • Third Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 25/01/2022 to 21/01/2024)
  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (since 24/01/2022)
  • Full Member: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (since 06/03/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Gender Equality (since 26/01/2021)
  • Alternate of Mr José María SÁNCHEZ GARCÍA (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (since 31/05/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Iván ESPINOSA DE LOS MONTEROS (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 06/03/2020 to 23/05/2022)


Last speeches

25/01/2024 | 19:35:04 Thank you, Chair. Dear colleagues, SLAPPs are a form of lawfare seeking to silence civil society organisations, activists, and media to impeach the right of citizens to be informed. Just a close example. The Open Dialogue Foundation publishes information about human rights violations in Kazakhstan. As a retaliation, the secret services filed a collective criminal complaint in Belgium, using internal communications of this Assembly to discredit them. Another related case took 6 years to be... 24/01/2024 | 19:38:28 Yes. Thank you, Chair. Let me thank Mr Constantinos EFSTATHIOU for this important Report, and for reminding us that torture and ill treatment continues to be present in places of detention in Council of Europe soil. In some member states, in fact, torture is systemic. Like in Türkiye, as the Report emphasises. Dear colleagues, in fact, just an example of Türkiye. Despite several reports and recommendations by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, and several judgments by the... 22/01/2024 | 15:56:42 Thank you Chair. First of all we would like to warmly congratulate the incoming president, and of course to give thanks to the outgoing president Mr KOX for being really brave in making difficult decisions during this difficult term. Thanks, dear Tiny, from the bottom of our heart. Dear colleagues, in the dark times we are living, the Council of Europe has to deal with several violations of human rights, and these organisations should raise their voice against them. I speak on behalf of my... 11/10/2023 | 18:15:36 Thank you, Chair. First let me congratulate the rapporteur and the Secretariat for this important and brave report. Last year it was revealed that almost 70 Catalan citizens have been victims of permanent surveillance with Pegasus spyware for the last five years in an unprecedented attack on a democratic movement. The Spanish Secret Service acknowledged having spied on 18 of them with judicial authorisation, arguing that they wanted to investigate who was organising demonstrations against the... 10/10/2023 | 17:27:51 Thank you, Chair. Indeed, as the resolution states, the most effective way of preventing far-right extremism is to strengthen adherence to the principles of democracy, human rights, rule of law, pluralism, tolerance, and respect for diversity, because they are the fundamental and core values of the Council of Europe. I would like to raise the attention of the cases of infiltration by far-right extremists in military forces, and its radicalisation as shown by the use of symbols and mottos of...