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27/06/2019 | 11:19:24 Thank you, President. Migrants are vulnerable, but migrant children are much more vulnerable so we need to step up protection measures for these minors. And this is the aim of this report, for which I would like to commend the rapporteurs, particularly as it aims to strengthen legislative measures to protect migrant children. I would like to flag up one aspect of this report. Measures taken to establish how old a child is so that they can receive additional protection. Any system which aims... 25/06/2019 | 18:25:00 I would like to draw your attention to one of the articles in the Istanbul Convention, Article 36, which establishes the principle of consent: prior consent to sexual relations as the basis for determining whether there has been a sexual assault. This principle is based on quite simple premises: men and women have the same rights to start an intimate relationship on the basis of equality. We are also entitled to enjoy such relations this equally and above all without fear and not be assaulted... 24/01/2019 | 19:55:01 Thank you very much, Mister President. Promoting the rights of persons belonging to national minorities is of course very important. The report presented by Mr Viorel Riceard BADEA covers a crucial subject that is at the very core of human rights. It is essential for peace and stability in Europe. In the name of our committee, Mr Viorel Riceard BADEA has sought to enter into dialogue with the eight Member States of the Council of Europe that are not States parties to Framework Convention on... 23/01/2019 | 18:40:09 The right to work is a human right that is recognised in our constitutions, for those countries with constitutions. It is also recognised as a right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a right because it is a pre-condition for people being able to enjoy their rights. It is a condition for social interaction and participation. It is a right that underpins individual citizens’ dignity. However, despite the fact that it is a recognised human right, in many cases it is not... 22/01/2019 | 18:36:29 One can say that the Cairo Declaration intends to contribute a vision of human rights in majority-Muslim societies. That is fine, as long as we understand that secularity is a characteristic of Western societies. The normalisation of the integration of minority religions is to be accepted, but the practices of such religions should be compatible with civil legislation as it exists in the West. Human rights can of course be part of majority-Muslim societies; that is wonderful. The fundamental... 22/01/2019 | 10:31:14 The need for guarantees to improve our systems and to test what people actually want is of course good news. We need such guarantees to ensure that referendums can take place within a democratic framework, rather than being used fraudulently by governments. However, we cannot allow referendums to become a barrier to the population voting on questions of democratic justice; we cannot allow barriers to be placed in the way of democracy. For practical reasons, we must ensure that issues of...