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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... 12/10/2022 | 20:32:04 Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2 I want to personally congratulate the rapporteur for the work done. However, I would like to make some reflections on the use of the term “safe countries”. Pushbacks are prohibited by international law, under the non-refoulement principle, and by virtue of human rights treaties. The right not to be refouled is enshrined in Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Every person arriving in a country should have individual analysis of... 12/10/2022 | 12:55:17 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Thank you to the rapporteurs for this report. I will support it and I encourage you, colleagues, to do so as well. However, with certain details in mind: Turkey has been under the monitoring procedure for five years. Nevertheless, under the current regime opponents are imprisoned, harassed and tortured. Civil society is restricted. There are deep flaws in the judicial system. Turkey has withdrawn from the Istanbul convention; the CPT is... 11/10/2022 | 20:33:10 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) I want to begin personally congratulating the Rapporteur for this long due and thought-provoking report. Last month, a member of Catalan parliament from my political group, Najat Driouech Ben Moussa, wearing a hijab, was insulted in a public assembly, and suffered different forms of violent speech against her. The day after, in an open letter, she stated that “it is crucial to build walls against islamophobia, no exceptions should be allowed...