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Ms Laura CASTEL

Speeches since 2019

25/01/2024 | 19:35:04 Thank you, Chair. Dear colleagues, SLAPPs are a form of lawfare seeking to silence civil society organisations, activists, and media to impeach the right of citizens to be informed. Just a close example. The Open Dialogue Foundation publishes information about human rights violations in Kazakhstan. As a retaliation, the secret services filed a collective criminal complaint in Belgium, using internal communications of this Assembly to discredit them. Another related case took 6 years to be... 24/01/2024 | 19:38:28 Yes. Thank you, Chair. Let me thank Mr Constantinos EFSTATHIOU for this important Report, and for reminding us that torture and ill treatment continues to be present in places of detention in Council of Europe soil. In some member states, in fact, torture is systemic. Like in Türkiye, as the Report emphasises. Dear colleagues, in fact, just an example of Türkiye. Despite several reports and recommendations by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, and several judgments by the... 22/01/2024 | 15:56:42 Thank you Chair. First of all we would like to warmly congratulate the incoming president, and of course to give thanks to the outgoing president Mr KOX for being really brave in making difficult decisions during this difficult term. Thanks, dear Tiny, from the bottom of our heart. Dear colleagues, in the dark times we are living, the Council of Europe has to deal with several violations of human rights, and these organisations should raise their voice against them. I speak on behalf of my... 11/10/2023 | 18:15:36 Thank you, Chair. First let me congratulate the rapporteur and the Secretariat for this important and brave report. Last year it was revealed that almost 70 Catalan citizens have been victims of permanent surveillance with Pegasus spyware for the last five years in an unprecedented attack on a democratic movement. The Spanish Secret Service acknowledged having spied on 18 of them with judicial authorisation, arguing that they wanted to investigate who was organising demonstrations against the... 10/10/2023 | 17:27:51 Thank you, Chair. Indeed, as the resolution states, the most effective way of preventing far-right extremism is to strengthen adherence to the principles of democracy, human rights, rule of law, pluralism, tolerance, and respect for diversity, because they are the fundamental and core values of the Council of Europe. I would like to raise the attention of the cases of infiltration by far-right extremists in military forces, and its radicalisation as shown by the use of symbols and mottos of... 21/06/2023 | 18:30:53 Thank you, Chair. Let me start by thanking the rapporteurs for this timely reports. Yesterday, as it was World Refugee Day, I asked the President of the Committee of Ministers whether the Committee will enforce human rights in the European Union and through which concrete steps they will do so, since the European Union and its organisms, like Frontex, will be part of the European Convention on Human Rights. I say that because last week we witnessed the horror, the obscenity, the lack of... 26/04/2023 | 18:48:54 Thank you, Chair and thank you to the rapporteur for this work. Dear colleagues, yesterday morning, we woke up to the news of mass arrests in Amed by the Turkish government to influence the elections. Among those arrested, there are lawyers, journalists, campaign managers of the Green Left party, etc. 110 were arrested. This is an alarming issue closely related to the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. Specifically, we see the countries with practices, such as... 25/04/2023 | 20:03:03 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Thank you chair, Let me thank also the rapporteur for this important report. Important, as I say, because it deals with a real problem: how to deal with different legal orders and the capacity of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The resolution recommends a mutual judicial dialogue between courts and to engage with the case law of the Strasbourg Court. That is the crucial point. In this sense, in my country, Spain, the Constitution... 26/01/2023 | 18:34:23 Thank you, President. First of all, let me thank the co-rapporteurs for their excellent work. Dear colleagues, as is stressed in the report, Moldova is a country that faced serious challenges since the last monitoring report. Mainly three. The first is the refugee crisis. More than 700 000 refugees from Ukraine crossed the country, and around 90 000 remained in it. The second one is the energetic crisis, with one of the highest energy prices in Europe. The third is the economic consequences... 25/01/2023 | 18:01:15 Thank you, Chair. Dear colleagues. Sexual violence is the most prevalent form of male violence. It is necessary to understand it as a social and political phenomenon. Member States should promote a sexual violence approach with protocols, circuits, and care services in intervention with two main goals to prevent and eradicate the structural causes, promote a social and cultural transformation, and replace the culture of rape with the culture of consent, which involves carrying out...