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09/04/2019 | 13:01:35 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) I would like to thank the rapporteurs for their awareness-raising reports on this important issue. The sustainable development goals are a transformative, universal agenda with an imperative of “leaving no one behind” and require each country to commit to its priorities with a monitoring and reporting mechanism. At the same time, the sustainable development goals also create massive challenges for all countries to ensure financing and... 25/01/2019 | 11:08:51 I thank the rapporteur for her dedication in preparing this important report. In my speech, I will draw members’ attention to a couple of remarks in the report regarding Turkey. But let me first say, as the previous speaker did, that we have to fight against any sort of terrorism, regardless of any prejudice. The report, while dealing with some withdrawal of citizenship cases from a solely human rights viewpoint, unfortunately ignores the fact that Turkey has been fighting for more than three... 24/01/2019 | 20:06:49 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) It is my belief that there is no “situation” to talk about regarding opposition politicians in Turkey, nor is there anything worsening or urgent about it. The subject of this resolution is people who are being tried and sentenced for serious crimes. It is a judicial matter and is being dealt with by independent courts. It is pointless trying to turn it into a political matter. As it says in the resolution, the fundamental prerequisites for... 23/01/2019 | 19:21:16 I thank the rapporteur for enabling us to discuss this important issue, given the current era of increasing xenophobia, discrimination, racism and Islamophobia – problems that threaten the harmony of humanity and civilization. In general, any form of discrimination that affects millions of its citizens living abroad is an important issue for Turkey. There has recently been a marked increase in discriminatory and exclusionary movements faced by Turkish people living in many European countries... 23/01/2019 | 17:51:06 I thank the rapporteur for his good work on Internet governance and human rights. The Internet has become an indispensable and essential part of our lives over the years. It has fundamentally changed the way we communicate with each other. Our consumption of and trade in goods and services has begun to depend heavily on the Internet. More importantly, the Internet has become the main medium through which we access all sorts of information and express ourselves, especially via social media. On...