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Ms Laura CASTEL

Speeches since 2019

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 Turkey has withdrawn from the Istanbul convention; the CPT is... 11/10/2022 | 20:33:10 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) I want to begin personally congratulating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... 10/10/2022 | 16:36:08 Thank you, Madam Chair.  On behalf of the Group of the Unified European Left, I want to express grave concern regarding the most recent outbreak of violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia last month. I want to make the following points in regard to what has happened. Firstly, it is important to note that the evidence points to this most recent violence as rising from Azerbaijani incursion in the sovereign territory of Armenia. Up to 300 soldiers died between 12 and 14 September.  Secondly, to... 23/06/2022 | 10:28:03 Thank you Chair, The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia has helped bring light to many underlying problems within the Maltese institutions. As the report states, corruption, lack of independence of the judiciary, inequality or the treatment of asylum seekers are some of them. But I would like to focus on three issues. The first is the independence of the judiciary. It is important to keep in mind the recommendations of Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) on this to avoid the... 20/06/2022 | 15:28:35 Thank you, Madam Chair. First of all, we want to thank the rapporteur for this important initiative. It is of urgent need to put racism in the front row of political parties' priorities and especially now, with this resurgence of the extreme right and populist political parties like in Poland or Spain, Türkiye, etc. Because racism is a frontal attack on democracy and human rights, political parties play a key role in combating and eradicating racism. We could summarise five actions that could... 25/04/2022 | 18:26:07 Thank you Chair, Dear all, on behalf of the Group of the Unified European Left I want to start by thanking the rapporteur for the efforts Mr Dimitri HOUBRON has put into researching this report, this topic, and writing this highly relevant report. A report that deals with a controversial and complex topic but is of utmost importance to be debated today for the rights of the children, but also, as the pornography industry is the one directly benefited from exposure from an early age. The... 15/03/2022 | 12:29:18 Thank you, Madam Chair. First of all, let me show my deep solidarity with all the Ukrainian people and especially with the Ukrainian delegation colleagues present here. There us no doubt that the invasion of Ukraine is clearly in breach of our statute, in breach of the Charter of the United Nations, and in breach of the international law. It is a serious threat to peace and security throughout Europe and with devastating effects on the civilian population provoking the worst humanitarian and... 30/09/2021 | 09:21:03 Thank you, Madame Chair. We want to congratulate the rapporteur for this balanced report. Our group will support it. The occupation of Afghanistan in 2001 showed a government in decay. The investment in military premises and huge corruption has left the population in an ongoing humanitarian emergency. This has shown democracy cannot be exported by military means, nor by the failure of a model of foreign intervention. Surprisingly the European Union had, until now, considered that Afghanistan... 27/09/2021 | 19:25:37 Thank you, Chair, colleagues, this is an important report that Mr Tiny KOX has presented that will surpass the scope of PACE parliamentarians' rights. We already have debated some cases in detail like Catalonia, Spain and Turkey, but there is a broader tendency in Council of Europe territories to undermine the rights of parliamentarians to represent people.  This is an authoritarian rule spreading across and it is necessary to set standards throughout member States, so valuable tool for our...