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20/04/2021 | 12:26:23 Thank you Mr President. Dear colleagues, First of all I would like to begin with the appreciation of the rapporteur for his valuable work. As you all know, the PACE and Committee of Ministers have been working in successful coordination in this report and to contribute on strategic priorities for the coming years of the Council of Europe. I think we all agree on Council of Europe's main priorities are the human rights, the rule of law, independence and democracy. I'd like to underline the... 28/01/2021 | 13:30:54 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Dear President, Dear Colleagues, Ethnic profiling is a kind of racial stereotyping which causes to single out a specific part of society on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, or place of origin. Unfortunately, it does not only take place in policing services but also in law enforcement institutions, the education systems and the healthcare services. Behaving a person differently on these grounds clearly constitutes... 27/01/2021 | 18:33:46 Thank you, Mr President, dear colleagues, I would like to thank the rapporteur for her effort addressing this important issue. However, the report unfortunately inaccurately characterises the legislation in Turkey on non-governmental organisations as restrictive. Turkey has a vibrant civil society where citizens can freely associate and engage in civic action. This is evident from the fact that the number of associations active in Turkey increased from 72 000 in the year 2000 to more than 121... 26/01/2021 | 10:16:20 Dear colleagues, I would like to thank the Rapporteur for his report "The implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights". The report includes many valuable insights and suggestions from which Member States will certainly benefit. As a Turkish parliamentarian, I would like to inform you about the progress of implementation of the judgements of the Court in Turkey. Turkey attaches the utmost importance to the execution of judgements of the European Court of Human Rights. In... 31/01/2020 | 11:21:31 Dear President, Dear colleagues, I would like to thank the rapporteur for this valuable preparation and almost highly prepared report. While we are benefiting from technology we remain vulnerable to it at the same time. Disinformation campaigns, manipulation of information and hate speech have become more common in member states, especially in election periods. Most notably, the Cambridge Analytica scandal has revealed the degree of how our privacy and free will are under attack. On the other... 30/01/2020 | 19:59:36 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Dear President, Dear Colleagues, The recent turmoil and escalating conflict in Libya does not only pose a threat to Libyans themselves, but to Europe as well. The current affairs debate allows us as members of PACE to call on all states to ensure that the crisis in Libya is solved without further bloodshed. It is of the utmost importance that all relevant stakeholders should contribute to finding a lasting and robust peace in Libya. As you... 29/01/2020 | 11:02:24 Dear President and colleagues, I would like to congratulate the rapporteur for his well-prepared report which will pave the way for establishing much-needed Council of Europe standards and providing guidelines on the protection of freedom of religion and belief in the workplace. This issue carries utmost importance especially if you take into account the mounting Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of religion-based discrimination in Europe. The right to freedom of religion or belief... 02/10/2019 | 11:24:33 I thank you Mr Chair. Let me start by thanking the rapporteur Mr Lord BALFE for this timely, comprehensive and excellent report.   As stated in the report, the duties of ombudsman institutions have a crucial role in advancing democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights. Protection of Human Rights would be jeopardised if the independence of these institutions was not sufficiently safeguarded. In addition, taking all necessary steps to ensure access to these two institutions by citizens is... 12/04/2019 | 12:47:22 I want to take this opportunity to raise the impact of the recent trade war among nations – an arbitrary practice that is impacting on democracy, the rule of law and human rights. As we come to the end of the second decade of the new millennium, the global economy has gradually drifted towards protectionism as a consequence of tougher international competition. Relations between countries have deteriorated for the last few years, because of the increasing disagreement and disputes about key... 09/04/2019 | 17:34:38 I thank the rapporteur for this comprehensive report. The strengthening of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights must always be a priority for European politics, and the European Union has the right to invest in this area. However, the European Union initiative we are discussing today has the potential to duplicate Council of Europe work in the field of democracy and human rights. I believe that if the European Union focuses on how to further strengthen the Council of Europe's...