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30/09/2021 | 16:28:55 Dear colleagues, Human beings are being used as weapons in a proxy attack on our continent at this moment. Our common human rights are not something that should be used against sanctions. When people are seeking asylum because their safety is threatened, we have an obligation to make sure to treat every asylum seeker with the rules and systems that are transparent and according to international standards. Human rights and respect for international rule of law are only worth something if they... 22/04/2021 | 11:01:06 Thank you very much, Mr President. To me, this is not about Alexei Navalny. This case is about illegal detention everywhere. About putting opposition in prison. Freedom of speech and opposition rights. This case is about the value of rule of law everywhere. It's about our common human rights and the very legitimacy of the Court of human rights. Therefore, this is not a domestic matter for Russia. It is our common human values that are imprisoned. President Putin has said that nations who... 03/10/2019 | 15:59:58 Thank you very much, Madam President. It has been said during the debate that this debate is about Russia. Is it? I thought this debate was about freedom of speech and free elections. God knows there are other countries that also have situations to answer for in this regard. We are here to protect the inhabitants of the countries. That is the reason we are here. We are here to protect Human Rights and freedom of speech. Those are values that are threatened in many of our member countries. So... 02/10/2019 | 11:15:36 Thank you Mr Chairperson. The irony of this report is that the ombudsman is here to protect us as citizens and our rights, but now it is our turn to protect the ombudsman and to look after the ombudsman institution, and protect the ombudsman in persona. Mr Chairperson, witnessing governments across our continent actually working against their own ombudsman is both scary and sad. The legislation reforms that aim to weaken the institution, rejection of the annual report, and unjustified cuts in... 28/06/2019 | 10:34:59 Thank you Mr Chair. I'm in the business of hope. If I wasn't, there wouldn't be any reason to be here. I would like to congratulate the rapporteur on a fantastic report that is really communicating our values in a perfect sense. It takes sides with the innocent in the conflict. It stands up for Human rights. It stands up for international law and it stands up for refugees. It stands up for holding terrorists accountable. It stands up for burden sharing and it stands up for common agreement... 25/06/2019 | 17:23:32 Thank you, and thank you for such a great report. Unfortunately, 25 years after Beijing we are no longer fighting for things to get better - we are fighting for things not to get worse. Earlier in this debate, Mr Markus WIECHEL from Sweden tried to explain the backlash that we are discussing here today. He explained that the backlash on human rights has something to do with immigration. Well, I have to say that, as a woman, I have absolutely nothing to thank the far right movement or far... 24/06/2019 | 18:46:15 Thank you, Madam Chair and réporteur. Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues, a politician that is concerned about Human Rights is obligated to fight for the people who have politicians that don't respect them. For the people that are occupied, for the people that are thrown in prison just for believing what they believe, for the people in Ukraine, for the people in Georgia, for the people in Russia. During this debate, we've been told that Russia has no values, that Russia has no sense of... 09/04/2019 | 18:44:45 Sexual harassment in parliament is not about sex. It is not about flirting. It is about power. It is not a price that women should pay to be in politics; it is an attempt to keep women out of politics. Unfortunately, it is very effective. Sexism and harassment are so trivialised and normalised that it feels like an individual problem and like the victim is doing something wrong in reacting. A death threat in an email is something that you can show someone, and you will then be guaranteed...