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12/10/2023 | 19:32:34 Dear Mister President, Dear colleagues, Dear Government of Türkiye, you should be proud of Osman Kavala. He is a son of your country, an internationally recognised intellectual. If you were here, some of you would leave the room, but if you had been here on Monday, you should probably be proud of his wife, who is sad and brave in the same way. You should be proud of the winner of one of the most important international human rights prizes, the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. Mr Osman Kaval... 12/10/2023 | 17:49:27 Dear President, dear colleagues, This Assembly is giving today a very clear message. No country - no country - should cross red lines in this organisation. Azerbaijan is not just one centimetre before this red line; Azerbaijan is just standing on the red line. One step more, one step more, and one step more towards the core territory of Armenia would mean that Azerbaijan crossed this red line. This Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is fed up - this is my impression - with the... 21/06/2023 | 16:32:53 Dear Mister President, Mister Mr Ian LIDDELL-GRAINGER, Congratulations for this applause. It was the applause from those one who want to limit this organisation. It was the applause from the collected right extremists all over Europe, who are fighting against the values of this organisation and this organisation as a whole. That is a group which hides behind your leadership in this Assembly. The majority have another opinion here. This organisation is about values and the highest values are... 19/06/2023 | 15:16:20 Okay, this is not possible in three minutes. What should I say in three minutes, Mister President? These are very important elections with two rounds for each round, maybe for each round three minutes, no? So, Mister President, anyhow I had the honour to lead the Election Observation Mission of the Assembly in Türkiye on the 14 May and the second round on the 28 May. I would like to thank the authorities for inviting us to the country. I really thank the Turkish delegation, Mr Ahmet YILDIZ... 25/04/2023 | 16:22:47 Mister President, Ladies and gentlemen, This summit is a unique opportunity. It is a government summit - but it is also clear; this summit comes at our initiative. It is our substantive contributions that shape this summit, and we end up with the youth organisation, the human rights organisation, and Congress in our backpacks. I want to thank again - already the Irish presidency, which prepared the whole thing, and then the Icelandic presidency, which managed to bring almost all the heads of... 25/01/2023 | 17:16:27 Thank you very much, Mister President. On behalf of the Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group, I would like to thank the three rapporteurs, Ms Zita GURMAI, Ms Petra STIENEN, and Ms Margreet De BOER for their very excellent, important reports. I would like to quote from Ms Petra STIENEN's report: "the Assembly recognises the responsibility of men and boys in preventing and stopping gender-based violence against women and girls and urges them to be proactive in this regard." This is why I... 24/01/2023 | 17:05:58 Mister Chairman, Thank you, also, for my part, to Ms Fiona O'LOUGHLIN for this excellent report, which both represents in depth what we have had in terms of important debates over the last few months, and also makes clear in breadth that there is just a great deal of support here in this Assembly. I want to remind you again that, in fact, this journey that we have come to on the conclusion started a long time ago. It was Mr Michele NICOLETTI, who was sitting there in the President's chair... 12/10/2022 | 17:49:25 Mr President Ladies and gentlemen I don't know whether I should be appalled by the speech of the two Hungarian colleagues and what they have said here and how seriously they take what we are discussing here - or whether I should actually be pleased because they are tearing the mask off their own faces, so to speak. Because they're making it clear that they're actually relatively uninterested in this. And I don't know where the left actually starts with them or whether they are all communists... 10/10/2022 | 12:06:03 I will perhaps say it in German, because when I express it emotionally, it is correspondingly easier for me. I think we have to be clear that this organisation – and this has also been the case in the discussions of the last few days and weeks – is at a crossroads. Human rights in general are at a crossroads worldwide, multilateralism is at a crossroads, and the ability of a united Europe to act is. In our organisation, in the Council of Europe, this question is crystallising. That's why the... 10/10/2022 | 12:03:49 Dear Mr Boriss CILEVIČS, may I join the best wishes and thanks from the President. Dear Mr President, Dear colleagues, Dear brave people of Ukraine who have to suffer a lot these minutes while we are sitting here. This, that the Ukrainians are suffering the Russian aggression against Ukraine, this was a reason why we found, let's say courage, to say we need to renew the basis maybe of this organisation. We want to go for a fourth summit. We are preparing this fourth summit, the both statutory...