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22/06/2021 | 10:22:36 Dear colleagues, Today we are discussing a very important report on media freedom and the right of citizens to receive accurate information. Yes, in our information world, the media are often more powerful than weapons, and here is a country in our European family where even the most superficial monitoring of the media is terrible. When the head of this state, Azerbaijan, talks about the reasons for their victory in the last Artsakh war and mentions that they won because they were able to... 21/06/2021 | 18:36:59 Thank you, Madam President. Ladies and gentlemen, Especially today, when hatred and intolerance have become a serious problem in Europe and politicians have a great responsibility to protect the political culture from populism, lies, manipulations and unacceptable tools in the fight against political opponents, our discussion today is more relevant than ever. Yes, a politician must have a mandate to exercise his or her right to freedom of expression which, however, cannot have a red line... 21/06/2021 | 16:33:14 Thank you, dear colleagues. It seems to me that eight months after the devastating war in Artsakh, today, in this very room, I should not have been obliged to speak about the hundreds of prisoners of the civil war and the captives. I should not have had to say that Azerbaijan, as a member of the Council of Europe, continues to disregard international law, continues to disregard both our Organisation and all the European institutions that insist and demand that Azerbaijan immediately releases... 22/04/2021 | 11:10:35 Thank you, President. Dear colleagues, The world is suffocating in the grip of the coronavirus. On a daily basis hundreds of thousands of children and women are victims of domestic violence in Europe. And we have hundreds of Armenian prisoners of war in prisons of Azerbaijan. And yet the number one urgent problem for us is Alexei Navalny. Yes, of course I'm in favour of respect for human rights. I would like for everyone to have the right to express and freely exercise her or his political... 20/04/2021 | 11:40:57 Dear Colleagues, We are discussing a very important report, the strategic priorities of our institution. In recent years, the Council of Europe and our Assembly have undergone very strange transformations in the determination of their priorities. I find it disconcerting, to say the least, that the Council of Europe, which seems to have become an anti-Russian club, has chosen the number one Russian opposition figure, Navalny, in all its latest agendas. And yet, what is happening in the 21st... 19/04/2021 | 18:41:46 Thank you. Dear Colleagues, Ms Elvira KOVÁCS, You have prepared an excellent report on the importance of protecting the identity, culture and religion of national minorities in Europe. Today I will speak about Artsakh, most of which has come under the control of Azerbaijan under the 10 November agreement. Today, I will once again sound the alarm, dear colleagues, about the vandalism of centuries-old Armenian cultural monuments in Artsakh: churches, khachkars, monasteries. I will address our... 28/01/2021 | 12:34:33 Dear colleagues, In our Assembly we have often discussed the issues of ethnic profiling, ethnic cleansing and ethnic protection. Since our Assembly, for reasons cannot fathom, has considered the Navalny issue more important than the humanitarian crisis of the recent Artsakh war, or the issue of prisoners of war, then I am obliged to return to the humanitarian consequences of that war and to the Azerbaijani programmes for the expulsion of Armenians from Artsakh. The European Union has called... 25/01/2021 | 18:04:32 I will not talk about the defeat of the Armenian side in the last Artsakh war. We will discuss it in our country and all the verdicts will be heard there. Today, I would like to talk about the humanitarian crisis that is the result of an unprecedented war provoked by Azerbaijan, with the direct involvement of Turkey, one of NATO's largest armies, as well as international terrorist groups. Azerbaijan has launched an unprecedented war with the use of chemical weapons prohibited by all... 30/01/2020 | 12:21:59 Thank you colleagues, The issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan has been the theme of our Assembly since that country's accession to the Council of Europe. Dozens of times, the Assembly, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights have addressed the important issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, calling in numerous resolutions for the release of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. How many times have we heard here the... 28/01/2020 | 17:49:46 Dear colleagues, as a former journalist, I am particularly sensitive to any discussion about media freedom and the safety of journalists. Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights clearly states that States have an immediate obligation to create a secure legal environment for the normal activities of journalists and media professionals. However, the profession of journalist remains one of the most risky in Europe and in the world in general. Journalists continue to be killed...