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02/10/2019 | 10:35:02 Thank you very much. Dear colleagues, Dear rapporteurs, As you know, ombudsmen institutions are important for democracy. Their services are free and they are accessible to individuals who cannot afford to pursue their complaints through the courts. They can take action independently against maladministration and violation of human rights. As an interface between the administration and the citizens, they are working to redress human rights violations. Most member states of the Council of... 25/06/2019 | 18:51:25 Thank you very much, dear colleagues. It's absolutely great to have a great time and, I just checked, 27 countries spoke and so many amazing colleagues, more than 55. So, for all those who did not know that our tiny Secretariat has prepared in all the languages what is the Council of Europe Convention on preventing, this is the truth. It's factual, as Stella my friend said, it's factual. Facts and figures. So, please believe your eyes and not try to be in a dream land and to sell nonsenses... 25/06/2019 | 15:37:41 Dear colleagues, I am honoured to be in plenary today to present my report and have a joint debate, together with our Chairperson, Elvira KOVACS, on topics which are central to our work: combating violence against women and calling for gender equality. We have both been parliamentarians and advocates for women’s rights for many years and this debate is not only an opportunity to take stock of what has been done in past years but also to be ambitious and call for more action in the future. We... 23/01/2019 | 16:21:13 We welcome these reports on media freedom and public service media. I fully support the rapporteur’s view, in the sense that Member States should guarantee the independence of public service media and must halt their efforts to influence it or transform it into government media. According to Hungarian Government communications, Hungary is deeply committed to promoting and protecting the freedom and pluralism of the media, as well as granting equal access to media content for everyone. They...