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10/10/2023 | 18:08:39 Thank you, Madam Chairman. First of all, I'd like to welcome the fact that this report focuses on the extreme right. At a time when society is seeking to systematically and symmetrically oppose arguments according to the theory of the two extremes or, in other words, "you want to denounce the extreme right, so I'll denounce the extreme left", there is a great risk of drowning out the subject or missing the point. In this case, the Commission weighed up the pros and cons and didn't want to... 23/06/2023 | 11:50:55 Thank you, Madam Vice-Chairwoman. Dear colleagues, I, too, would like to tell you a little story. For a long time, I was president of the "Lire et Écrire" Association in Switzerland, which fought against illiteracy. The testimonies of these people were extremely touching, as they told us that learning to read and write liberated them, gave them the possibility of having a secret, because, basically, when you can't read and write, you hand over power and your life to others - as our colleague... 21/06/2023 | 18:47:22 Madam President, I'd like to start by drawing your attention to what's happened here. Basically, we're dealing with three different types of migration. In other words, there is no such thing as the "foreigner gene". There are particular situations, with different particularities. So, when I hear Mr. Thibaut FRANÇOIS give us a whole host of names - "illegals", "refugees", "they don't pay", "they abuse", "they've never participated" - I'd just like to remind you that, at least as far as illegal... 21/06/2023 | 17:07:18 Thank you, Mister Vice-Chairman. Dear colleagues, "Undocumented but not without rights": these were the powerful words of the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights in 2015, and it's what I want to repeat today in this hemicycle. This is a legitimate topic here, where we are concerned with human rights, respect for people's rights and their physical and mental integrity, regardless of their administrative definition. We can all still remember the queues of people in our towns and... 12/10/2022 | 18:51:34 Here you go, sorry. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Madam. The issue of migration and asylum in particular a recurring theme in our states and in the Council of Europe. Far too often it is used as a populist argument and an outlet for many political forces. In this Council, on the contrary, we try to give a voice to those who do not have one and who are all too often used as pawns in geopolitical strategies and political agendas. This is why our Group welcomes the two resolutions... 11/10/2022 | 18:24:39 Thank you, Madam President. Ladies and Gentlemen, The issue addressed by our colleague Mr Momodou Malcolm JALLOW is sensitive. You can see that straight away when reading the reasons behind this and the resolution. It crystallises the war of words and definitions, a strategy which is being cunningly used by those who knowingly deny a reality which is quite simple in our societies: If you have black or dark skin, if your name appears to be Arabic or African, if you are of the Muslim religion... 20/06/2022 | 16:10:26 Thank you, Madam President. This resolution and its contents address a specific point among the mediators of democracy that are the parties. Indeed, they are the intermediary bodies of popular expression in their content, but these parties also have the responsibility to maintain the conditions for democracy to live. One of these conditions is not to confuse freedom of expression with going beyond what the law allows. While there is, of course, the law to sanction comments that go beyond this... 26/04/2022 | 18:10:23 Thank you, Madam Vice-President. This report deals with an extremely important subject. Allow me to use the words of a great French sociologist – since we are in France – who is no longer so often quoted, as if the sciences were only fads. I am talking about Pierre Bourdieu. He explains very well how social reproduction takes place, the one that makes it difficult for someone from a social class to get out of it. In his works, La Reproduction, La Distinction, Les Héritiers, he shows the... 15/03/2022 | 11:24:30 Thank you, Madam Vice-President. Each and every one of us is stunned by the decision we have to make today. So many years of negotiating and fighting to keep the Russian Federation in our institution, because each and every one of us believes in dialogue, in the cardinal values that make life bearable here on earth, that it is not the brutal law of the strongest and of weapons that governs our life together. Several eminent members of our Council and of my country, Switzerland in particular... 24/01/2022 | 19:13:34 Thank you very much for giving me the floor. I would like to emphasise the importance of what I believe is the core of this European Union Pact on Migration and Asylum, which is, basically, to verify the different provisions contained in this Pact against the values of the Council of Europe and with the instruments it has at its disposal, such as its different charters and conventions. This Pact was necessary because it states the need to have a policy, as much as possible, global and united...