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12/10/2022 | 19:24:57 Dear President, Dear Colleagues, I would like to congratulate both rapporteurs for their timely and comprehensive reports. Although detailed information is given in the report about the legal framework on the prohibition of pushbacks and what needs to be done legally to prevent it, unfortunately, there is no information about why people leave their homeland at the risk of their lives and become refugees, and why they seek asylum. I think understanding why people become refugees is as... 11/10/2022 | 20:07:50 Dear Chair, Dear Colleagues, First of all, I would like to congratulate the Rapporteur for his remarkable work. Preventing the misuse of the Schengen system is an extremely important subject for the protection of human rights of third-country nationals and the fair functioning of the system itself. The Schengen system was thus enacted for European citizens to move freely within the Union without being subject to border checks. This definitely constitutes a success in terms of expanding the... 11/10/2022 | 18:33:55 Thank you, Madam Chair. Dear colleagues, I am really so sad and disappointed because a few minutes ago there was such a racist speech against Islam and against Muslim people and unfortunately, some colleagues cheered for this. I just say shame on you, nothing else. Dear colleagues, I would like to start by thanking Mr Momodou Malcolm JALLOW for his excellent report emphasising the importance of the issue of Islamophobia or more precisely anti-Muslim racism in Europe. The negative atmosphere... 10/10/2022 | 17:08:16 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Dear President, Dear Colleagues, As a historian, it is an honor for me to speak on this current affairs debate that deserves particular attention from all members. It is vital to send appropriate messages from our Assembly confirming the support of the international community to ultimately end hostilities between two nations. First of all, to better understand the essence of the issue, it is essential to recall four UN Security Council... 27/01/2022 | 19:09:26 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Dear President, Dear Colleagues, First of all, I would like to thank the rapporteur for this valuable report. As a history professor, I highly appreciate the nearly 70 years of work of the Council of Europe on history teaching. The Observatory on History Teaching in Europe is the result of this continuous effort of the Council. I believe that the forthcoming thematic reports of the Observatory in 2022 will promote the debates on more... 23/06/2021 | 18:44:44 Thank you, Madam Chair. Dear Colleagues, I firstly want to say that I strongly support this report. The Crimean Peninsula has been annexed illegally for seven years and so far no progress to change the status quo on the region has been achieved yet. It is not acceptable that a country should violate the sovereign rights of another country and not receive enough attention from the international community. Apart from the infringement of international law by the Russian Federation, serious... 21/06/2021 | 19:58:48 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Dear President, Dear Colleagues, The topic of the report merits a particular attention from all members, as it pertains to parliamentary immunity. Unfortunately, the report singles out two Council of Europe countries and adopts a biased perspective towards them. This has an adverse impact on the validity and reliability of the report. To make matters worse, this report duplicates the work of the Monitoring Committee, creating no added-value... 22/04/2021 | 12:31:42 Thank you dear President. Dear colleagues, the report we are discussing now argues that the Assembly has been following the developments in Turkey in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation with the Turkish authorities. I wish this argument could be verified with the content of this report as I am quite disappointed to see that the report contains lots of distorted information, misrepresentation and baseless claims. As I can see in the report the rapporteurs focused on some major issues which... 21/04/2021 | 18:18:31 Dear President, dear colleagues, The discrimination towards persons suffering from chronic and long-term illnesses are one of the primary reasons of general premature mortality. The OECD report titled “How is Life” indicates a third of the European population suffers from chronic illnesses and 6% of adults have recently experienced depressive symptoms. One in eight people experiences more negative than positive emotions during a day. This data shows us that chronic and long-term illnesses are... 19/04/2021 | 18:39:05 Dear President, Dear colleagues, First of all I would like to thank the Madam Rapporteur for her report on this critical subject. Legal, political and psychological challenges for the protection of minority rights in Europe have been extensively researched and presented in this report. As mentioned in the report, during the 1990s there was a strong focus on the rise of national minorities. These years were also the years that the Council of Europe's framework convention for the protection of...