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20/06/2023 | 17:53:41 Madam President, Ladies and gentlemen, A member of our organisation since 1991, Poland has been regularly called into question in this hemicycle for some years now, particularly as a result of the 2017 justice reform. In January 2021, our Assembly adopted a resolution recalling the opinions of the Venice Commission and the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union. At the time, we called for an end to the harassment of certain judges who criticised this reform. We also called on... 23/01/2023 | 16:38:50 Thank you, Madam President. Today, in Iraq and Syria, children are living in atrocious conditions. Some are European citizens. Their only fault is that they were born to jihadist parents. These children live surrounded by barbed wire, in tents, malnourished. They suffer from the extreme cold of winter and the overwhelming heat of summer. They are unoccupied, left to their own devices, witnesses and hostages to the cruelty of life in the camps, they can be victims of physical and sexual abuse... 27/04/2022 | 18:59:26 Thank you, Madam President. First of all, I would like to share what many speakers have said about the pedagogy of the social reuse of confiscated criminal assets. Crime does not pay, this has been said several times. We must show that not only does crime not pay but that, thanks to the social reuse of criminal money, we can restore people's confidence in democracy and in the rule of law. Secondly, Ms Marie-Christine DALLOZ spoke about the shock of legality. She was quite right. It made me... 27/04/2022 | 18:05:25 Thank you, Madam President. Dear colleagues, This report is the third in a series of three reports aimed at weakening organized crime and grand corruption. Our colleagues Mr Mart van de VEN and Mr Thórhildur Sunna ÆVARSDÓTTIR have proposed to facilitate the confiscation of illicit assets, firstly by reversing the burden of proof as to the illicit nature of suspected assets, and secondly by strengthening the financial intelligence units responsible for tracing these funds in each country... 26/01/2022 | 11:01:57 Mr President, Dear colleagues, Football is by far the most popular and unifying sport that exists today. It is therefore necessary that it conveys, as has been said before, values in line with those we wish to pass on to our children, in particular the respect of human rights. In reading this report, two points catch my attention. First of all, I am thinking of the rights of workers, who have come from Asia to work on the various construction sites for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. For many... 20/04/2021 | 16:43:04 Mr President, Ladies and gentlemen, Taxation enables states to finance public policies and services that are essential for the exercise of fundamental rights. If states were to run out of these resources, we can imagine the difficulties they might have in carrying out their sovereign duties and the consequences that this would have on democracy and the rule of law. The 2008 crisis and the current pandemic have contributed to the deterioration of public finances, and it is more important than... 20/04/2021 | 11:44:04 Mr President, I call Mr Tiny KOX to support the report. The report by our colleague Mr Tiny KOX is a continuation of our work and highlights the many challenges facing the Council of Europe today. The report underlines the need for the Council of Europe to remain the guarantor of human rights and the rule of law and to promote effective multilateralism in Europe. It is an ambitious agenda, all the more ambitious today in a time of inward-looking attitudes and heightened tensions between... 26/01/2021 | 09:36:03 Mr. Speaker, My dear colleagues, The European Court of Human Rights is certainly the institution of the Council of Europe that citizens are most familiar with, as Mr Frank SCHWABE said just now; the institution that they turn to as a last resort to assert their rights; the institution that ensures respect for the values enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights that we all share. We celebrated the 70th anniversary of this Convention, which was the first post-World War II text to... 02/10/2019 | 10:41:10 Mister President, My dear colleagues, Our organization has always supported the establishment of the institution of ombudsmen as they provide additional protection for citizens and help to strengthen the Rule of Law. While the form this institution takes may vary from state to state, there is a need for certain principles to be respected to ensure the ombudsman´s independence and effectiveness. Our Assembly must approve these principles today. This is the purpose of the resolution we are... 25/06/2019 | 17:18:21 Madam President, Violence against women is a real scourge that continues to plague European societies. Regardless of country, culture or social background, women still face gender bias and discrimination today, which are unfortunately only the first step towards violence. In France – as my colleague Nicole Trisse just mentioned – in 2018, a woman died every three days at the hands of her partner or ex-partner, and the situation looks even more dramatic for 2019. Of course, and fortunately...