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30/01/2020 | 17:39:12 Ladies and gentlemen, first of all I'd like to congratulate my dear colleague Ms Serap YAŞAR and the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons for this very important report. It is timely needed. During the last years in this very Assembly we have discussed many reports on migrants, refugees and IDP issues. I believe that the topic of this report is one of the most important because it's about children. Children which are missing during this very difficult time in terms of... 30/01/2020 | 11:44:40 Thank you very much, Mr President. Ladies and gentlemen, I will speak about just some points of this report. First of all, concerning the definition of political prisoners. Today, examples of usage of the notion "political prisoner" cannot be considered as a universal legal criteria, because the legal framework in this regard is not clear. Moreover, the Council of Europe itself neither has a clear opinion. In this case, how does the criteria determine who is a political prisoner in a... 28/01/2020 | 18:30:21 Thank you very much, Mr President. Ladies and gentlemen, today we discuss a very important report. It is well known that the freedom of the media is one of the essential instruments of democracy. In other words, freedom of media also means freedom of speech. In the report, in some of the speeches, my country was mentioned several times and that's why I'd like to give some other information about it. And by the way our colleagues from Armenia speaking about the situation with media in... 04/10/2019 | 12:18:08 Thank you very much, Ms President. Ladies and gentleman, During this session, we had different debates. We talked about a number of issues that threaten the countries of Europe, particularly regarding the issues of terrorism and discrimination. I believe that one of the most important issues in the modern world is energy security. The energy landscape has undergone profound shifts on a worldwide scale in recent years. Some of the main factors are increased hydrocarbon consumption in emerging... 03/10/2019 | 10:48:30 Thank you very much Ms President. Ladies and gentlemen, The issue we discuss today is extremely important. It is timely and needed. I would like to thank my colleague Mr Domagoj HAJDUKOVIĆ for his work on this issue. As a former Chair of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons I can say that Mr Domagoj HAJDUKOVIĆ was extremely interested in working on these subjects, certain aspects of which he already addressed in the report he prepared in 2018 on the extraterritorial... 02/10/2019 | 18:26:38 Thank you very much, Mr President. Ladies and gentlemen, The issue we discuss today is very important. Indeed, in recent years, several member states of the Council of Europe have experienced terrorist attacks carried out by groups and individuals. The report notes that a number of existing legal instruments have not been fully implemented and put in practice. Madame Rapporteur stresses the need for a more consistent and systematic approach to protecting and supporting victims of terrorism... 11/04/2019 | 16:58:39 This report addresses allegations in various money-laundering cases. However, only in one case concerning Azerbaijan does the report refer to the nationality of the people allegedly involved in the misdeeds. It is well known that misdeeds and crimes do not have nationalities. In the Council of Europe we should refrain from attaching any nationality labels to any allegations or accusations of wrongdoing. The Assembly should not bind itself to labelling decided by others. Such an attitude may... 10/04/2019 | 15:58:12 I congratulate our colleagues on their reports, which are timely and necessary because hate speech and intolerance are on the rise in Europe. As Ms Elvira KOVÁCS rightly mentions in her report, hate speech has become part of political discourse, with increasing use of expressions that spread, incite, promote or justify racial hatred, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or other forms of hatred. The fact that some politicians are voicing racist, xenophobic thoughts can lead to dangerous results. We know... 09/04/2019 | 11:12:34 It is well known that one of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals is to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal leadership opportunities at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life. We should not forget about the women who have to live as refugees, IDPs and migrants as a result of armed conflicts that have blighted the lives of millions of people in recent years. The question we need to address now is: what can be done to help... 23/01/2019 | 19:05:21 I congratulate my colleagues, Mr Damien THIÉRY and Mr Adão SILVA, on their reports and their work on this very important issue. As was mentioned, more than 2 billion worldwide suffer problems relating to disability. In addition to difficulties relating to their physical health, integration into society and their finances, one of the most crucial challenges for people in this category is unemployment. I believe that every society that aims to protect people with disabilities should be...