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Mr Oleksandr MEREZHKO

Speeches since 2019

29/09/2021 | 18:49:01 So dear colleagues, the debate is closed, and we are moving to the adoption of the resolution. The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination has presented a draft resolution, Document 15349, to which no amendments have been tabled. We will now proceed to vote on the draft resolution contained in Document 15349. A simple majority is required. Members present in the Chamber should use the Hemicycle Voting System. Members participating remotely should vote using the remote voting system. The... 27/09/2021 | 15:53:54 Thank you Mr President, dear colleagues. The term "progress report" implies that we expect some progress to be achieved in our activities in the field of human rights. The fact is that there has been no progress. On the contrary, the situation with human rights has considerably deteriorated, especially in Russia and in the territories occupied by Russia. As an act of brutal revenge against holding the Crimean platform in Ukraine, Russian occupation authorities arrested a number of Crimean... 24/06/2021 | 17:02:40 Thank you. Thank you, Mister Chairman. Dear colleagues, As a student many, many years ago I had a privilege to study at the Institute of International Relations in a very diverse cultural and ethnic environment. The majority of my colleague students at that Institute I had been studying with at that time were from African countries, from Asian countries and other parts of the world. Since that time, I have learned to appreciate the importance of cultural and ethnic diversity for our... 23/06/2021 | 18:12:52 Thank you Madam President. The occupying authorities in Crimea again directed their repressive machine at the Crimean Tatars: conducting searches, illegal detentions, imprisoning representatives of the Crimean Tatar people for political reasons, constant intimidation and forcing them to forget their rights - just like before, 77 years ago, when a criminal deportation of the Crimean Tatar people was carried out by the Soviet government, which was ethnic cleansing and genocide. In May 2021, in... 22/06/2021 | 11:26:49 Thank you. Does anyone wish to speak against the amendment? I cannot see such a person. So the Committee unanimously accepted the amendment. I shall now put the amendment to the vote. Members present in the Chamber should use the hemicycle voting system. Members participating remotely should vote using the remote voting system. The vote in the Hemicycle and by remote voting is now open. The vote is closed. I call for the result to be displayed. Amendment 1 is agreed to. We will now proceed to... 21/06/2021 | 18:39:55 Dear colleagues, first of all I would like to congratulate the rapporteur for having prepared such an important and interesting report raising serious issues of political and public life. As a matter of principle, the politicians should be guaranteed freedom of speech and expression in the course of implementing their political mandate. Without this freedom they would be unable to adequately express their own political views as well as convey the views of their constituencies. Let me quote... 22/04/2021 | 10:56:19 Dear Colleagues, The life of Alexei Navalny hangs by a thread. Can we really save his life from imminent death? We all know perfectly well that now Alexei is at the hands of the same people who had tried to poison him. We also know who is a primary decision-maker when it comes to a decision on whether Alexei will live or die. This person is Russian President Mr Putin. Let's have no illusions that there isn't any rule-of-law state in Russia. There is no rule of law in Russia. There Is only... 20/04/2021 | 12:02:53 Thank you. Thank you Mr President. Talking about strategic priorities of the Council of Europe we should take into consideration two important factors, two important things. First of all, real, not abstract, problems we face. Second, concrete solutions to these problems. What are these problems? I'll take a risk to single them out. First of all, no implementation by some member states of the decisions given by the European Court of Human Rights. What can be the solution to this acute problem... 28/01/2021 | 09:31:09 Thank you, Mister President, Dear Colleagues, A year ago when the decision, a mistaken one of course, was taken to let the Russian delegation back to PACE, it was expected that there would be some progress on the part of Russia, that Russia would change its ways and its attitude towards human rights. Now, a year after, we ask ourselves: where is the progress? The answer is, there is no progress. On the contrary, the situation with human rights in Russia has considerably deteriorated. In the... 27/01/2021 | 17:07:24 Madam Chair, Dear Colleagues. Alexei Navalny's case is not only about a concrete person. It is rather about basic values and principles of our organization which is supposed to defend human rights and which strives to establish rule of law. Therefore, demanding the immediate release of Alexei Navalny and his supporters, we defend human rights values and principles of the Council of Europe. But let's take a closer look at the Navalny case and try to understand its true meaning. Isn't it truly...