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Ms Thórhildur Sunna ÆVARSDÓTTIR

Speeches since 2019

20/06/2023 | 16:22:38 Thank you, Madam President. I would like to thank the rapporteur for his excellent report, and I would also like to express my deep admiration and respect for Ms Sviatlana TSIKHANOUSKAYA and for the work that you are doing, and the important work of her cabinet for the people of Belarus. As general rapporteur for the issue of political prisoners in Europe, I express my full solidarity with the 1 700 political prisoners of Belarus and I pledge to use my office to push for their release and to... 27/04/2023 | 16:15:38 Thank you, Mister President, and thank you, Madam ZELENSKA, for being with us today and for your powerful plea for justice for the children of Ukraine. Stealing children, robbing them of their families and their identity is not only an atrocity towards them, it is not only a horrible crime against these children and their families, but it is rightly defined as a component of the crime of all crimes, the crime of genocide. The mounting evidence of the systemic and intentional nature of these... 26/01/2023 | 10:43:07 Thank you, Mister President. Impunity for war crimes is a driving factor for war crimes. The fact that perpetrators of war crimes very often escape justice is a big reason why war crimes are so readily committed in conflicts all over the world. This is why we must do our very best to end impunity for war crimes. In the case of Russia's horrendous war of aggression against Ukraine, there's not only impunity for war crimes, but the terrible practice of Russian soldiers being awarded for war... 14/10/2022 | 12:29:07 Thank you, Mister President. I would like to use this opportunity to speak about the issue of political prisoners which have not been high on the Agenda this session, but should always be on our agenda and we should be reminded of it on a regular basis. When I moved the report about the reported cases of political prisoners in the Russian Federation, and we adopted the resolution that came with it, one of the items of the resolution focused on making 30 October the international day of... 14/10/2022 | 12:08:43 Thank you Madam President, And thank you colleagues for supporting the continuation of my work with this report by voting that we should vote on it. Indeed, I think it is quite important that we complete it. We did put in a lot of work to complete it before this session, because we did not want the work to become instantly obsolete as so many things are when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of course, our knowledge is constantly increasing, of course, we are always getting more and more... 14/10/2022 | 11:07:47 Thank you, Madam President, Dear colleagues,  During the long height of the Covid-19 pandemic, freedom of movement was often severely restricted in the attempt of the respective authorities to lower the rate of infection and to protect their public health systems. In this context, the EU Digital Covid Certificate, better known as the Covid Pass, helped alleviate some of these restrictions, so that the holders of this Pass could more easily move freely in a world suddenly closed off to many... 23/06/2022 | 16:14:21 Thank you, Mister President. Dear Colleagues, The UK government may believe that they are taking a strong stance against, as a colleague mentioned that, the Strasbourg Court, but they are not. It is weak politics to attack the European Court of Human Rights for domestic political purposes. It's weak. It means you have nothing left to stand for. The fact that you aim now to declare supremacy of domestic courts over the European Convention of Human Rights is weak. I seem to recall many... 23/06/2022 | 11:33:17 Dankuwel, Tiny. [in Dutch: Thank you] Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Colleagues, Let me first extend my deep and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this terrible terrible crime. I'm doing this on behalf of myself, but also the Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group. I think it is important that the resolution actually extends the condolences of the Assembly to the family. It is a strong support for how we feel about this horrific event. I would also like to thank... 21/06/2022 | 19:31:18 Thank you, Mister President, for this generous time. Thank you to all of the speakers and for the resounding support that I have heard for my report, but not only my report, but also Mr Frank SCHWABE's report. It is very important to hear that the Assembly has a very strong support for this report because, regardless of whether or not Russia is a member of this Organisation, we must continue to remind them of their international obligations, and we must continue to fight for the realisation... 21/06/2022 | 18:26:04 Thank you, Mr President. Dear colleagues, Imprisoning people for expressing themselves is a lethal weapon against democracy. Criminalising dissent is one of the most effective measures to drain the life out of any democratic society. Creating an atmosphere of fear, repression and persecution of any opposition is the necessary precondition for totalitarian rule. And, as Mr Vladimir Kara-Murza, one of Russia´s political prisoners so eloquently puts it; internal suppression leads to external...