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26/04/2022 | 17:31:35 Thank you, Chair. I would first like to thank the rapporteur of the opinion, Ms Liliana TANGUY, for her compliments and also for supporting the report. Thanks for you. Then, I want to give special thanks to Mr Pavlo SUSHKO. We met each other, as he said, in the autumn session in very different circumstances. He is now sharing his concerns about situations of the deinstitutionalisation process in Ukraine that is roughly disturbed now due to the war. I am aware that the situation of some... 26/04/2022 | 16:21:59 Thank you, Mr President. Dear colleagues, Persons with disabilities have the same human rights as you and me. They have the right to live independently and receive appropriate community-based services. This applies no matter how intensive their support needs. Society must accommodate human diversity and enable persons with disabilities to be an active part of it, to achieve full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in the community. This report is a follow-up to my last... 22/06/2021 | 17:15:01 Thank you Chair. Good afternoon to you all. On behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe I want to congratulate the Rapporteur Mr Andrej HUNKO on this report in which he sets out the socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Every state is confronted with the consequences of the measures taken to control the pandemic, which had an enormous impact on social life and slowed down economic developments. Unfortunately, we also experienced that several parts of the... 31/01/2020 | 12:35:42 Thank you, Chair and thank you all colleagues for this debate and your support. I also want to thank you die hard colleagues for your patience to stay with us during this final debate in the last part of the session of PACE 2020. I first start to apologise that Mr Stefan SCHENNACH because he has to leave down to the schedule change from this meeting this morning. He had to leave to catch his transport back home. I'll try to answer where possible on both the reports. But as I said, I am glad... 31/01/2020 | 12:02:43 Thank you, Mr President. Dear colleagues, At first, I would like to thank Mr Stefan SCHENNACH for presenting his excellent report on "Organ transplant tourism". It reads like a medical thriller, when it was not that this is about real lives, real lives getting destroyed when we do not continue our fight against illegal activities like organ trade. As Mr Stefan SCHENNACH stated in his report, "a solid legal framework regarding organ transplant already exists". This in contrast to the limited... 26/06/2019 | 11:46:12 Thank you Chair. Dear colleagues, first of all I want to thank you for participating in this very interesting debate and for all your strong support and sharing experiences from your own country and situations which show the importance of this report. Both situations. Situations that are not good yet and hopeful situations like what I heard from Hungary. I want to address a special word of thanks to the Commissioner of Human Rights, Ms Dunja Mijatovic, for supporting this report. Also for her... 26/06/2019 | 10:14:54 Thank you, Madam President, Fifty-five steps, uphill, counted Eleanor Riese, every time she forced her sick body up to the Courthouse, to battle for her right to refuse medical treatment as a psychiatric patient. In fact, while the patient’s rights to be informed about the consequences and side effects of a treatment, and to refuse or consent to treatment, have become a common practice in most healthcare settings, during the last decades, Eleanor’s case was different. That is because she had... 12/04/2019 | 10:26:48 From a human rights perspective, we have to support donor-conceived children having the right to know their parents – for medical reasons, to avoid consanguinity, and for their identity-building. On behalf of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, I therefore agree with the rapporteur that anonymity should be waived for all future gamete donations, but that the anonymity of donors should not be lifted retrospectively. That is more easily said than done. As she mentioned, in my country... 11/04/2019 | 15:52:57 I thank Mr Mart van de VEN for his excellent report on a very worrying matter. Let me say it more explicitly: it is an unacceptable situation that is undermining human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the most cynical way. The rapporteur has shown that money laundering takes place on a large scale, that a huge amount of money is involved, and that this is a serious threat because of how it facilitates, encourages and conceals corruption and other criminal activity. Corruption at a... 25/01/2019 | 11:50:02 The good news is that the CPT has led to a significant improvement to the conditions of detention in Europe. As Mr Jordi XUCLÀ said in his report two years ago, “The achievements of the CPT are immense: the incidence of torture and other forms of deliberate ill-treatment has been lowered in some countries where it was found to be a significant problem; as a result of CPT’s findings, action has been taken against persons responsible for ill-treatment; safeguards against ill-treatment have been...