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Ms Susana SUMELZO

Speeches since 2019

11/10/2023 | 17:45:28 Thank you very much. All of us here agree that the events we are addressing through this report are happening in a context of technological revolution, which is speeding up. Many of our regulatory frameworks are considered to be obsolete because of this. Technological progress is progress, of course, but there are risks in terms of the proper functioning of our democratic society. That's why we are here. This report which we are addressing today refers to Spain on a number of occasions... 25/04/2022 | 18:42:15 In May 2021, almost one year ago, Spain approved a law on the protection of children and adolescents vis-à-vis violence. We did this, bearing in mind the rights of children, the rights of adolescents, they should not be the subject of any type of violence. This new law was necessary because the cases of violence against children – young girls, young boys –  were unfortunately covered by a layer of silence. We have to remove that silence. We have to prevent violence. If we are to prevent... 29/09/2021 | 17:59:55 "We need a green planet, because this is red alert". Those were the words of the UN Secretary General at the Climate Summit. Young people from across the world are mobilizing for climate justice and today we heard that here. They are defending our health and our natural environment, and we have the Milan Youth Conference on climate taking place right now, and it is important that we have a healthy environment for the future of humanity. And here at PACE we strive to defend, protect and... 24/06/2021 | 09:38:05 Good morning. Spain, our country, traditionally has been a country of emigrants. But when we are looking at this issue from a Spanish perspective, obviously we see it through a republican prism. In the first decades of last century, Spain was a country of emigrants and at the turn of the millennium, a decade ago, the population of Spain, diaspora population, multiplied by five.  Now, Spain, along with other countries of western Europe has experienced immigration over the last five decades and... 30/01/2020 | 17:55:09 Thank you President. I would like to congratulate the rapporteurs of the reports that we've been dealing with in this session. The entire Spanish delegation, particularly from the Socialist Party, we would like to say that it is of great concern to us the elevated number of victims of trafficked individuals in Europe. Individuals which are forced into prostitution, forced labour, organ trafficking as well. This goes hand in hand with violence and threats. The protection of these victims ought... 29/01/2020 | 10:50:27 Thank you, Mr President. Freedom of thought, of belief, and of religion is a universal human right which is consecrated in article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This freedom of belief needs to be respected in work places. In Spain, article 14 of the Spanish Constitution establishes that Spanish people are equal before the law without any form of discrimination for reasons of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion, or... 28/01/2020 | 18:09:17 Good afternoon. We, as citizens, are entitled to truthful information. That is why the report we are debating this afternoon is so very important. That right to information is a guarantee for democracy. It is information that guarantees plurality, as well as democratic coexistence. If we do not have a right to information, without free, independent and pluralistic media, there can be no such thing as a real democracy. We in Spain are fully committed to the freedom of the press, as well as the... 04/10/2019 | 12:34:57 Good afternoon. First and foremost, I wanted to say that this morning here, in Strasbourg, we've been talking about fundamental rights, but there are thousands of Spaniards demonstrating right now back in my country. These people are calling for equal opportunities, wherever they may live. They want a worthy future for their peoples. They want fair rights for people who live in rural areas and in sparsely populated areas. Aragon is where I'm from. That is a part of the country that is very...