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Mr Caspar van den BERG

Speeches since 2019

12/10/2023 | 19:39:06 Thank you, Mister Chair. Let me start off by thanking the rapporteur Ms Petra BAYR and the staff that has supported her for her impressive work of the utmost importance to the case of Mr Kavala and thereby also for human rights in Europe in the widest sense. As every member of this Assembly knows, under the Article 46.1 of the European Convention of Human Rights, member states are bound to comply with final judgments of the Court. Period. Even though this may come as a surprise in the context... 10/10/2023 | 19:11:45 Dear Chair, Monitoring the human rights, the functioning of democracy and the rule of law are a vital part of our work here at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). To quote King Willem-Alexander in his speech in the hemicycle in June 2022: "the goal is never to point the finger at someone else, but the goal is to learn from looking critically and constructively at ourselves in the mirror." That is the way in which our efforts here have a positive added value to our... 22/06/2023 | 18:28:37 Dear Chair, First of all, many thanks to rapporteur Mr Paul GAVAN for his excellent work on the report. The Dutch liberal party acknowledges that conflicts between two states that are both member states of the Council of Europe are sensitive issues in this house. The Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict is one of them. Yet, at this moment, when the humanitarian situation affecting the people of Nagorno-Karabakh is dire, my party strongly supports the need for this conflict to be addressed in this... 22/06/2023 | 16:20:35 Dear Chair, The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe wants to express its heartfelt gratitude to the rapporteurs of today’s debate, Mr Emanuelis ZINGERIS and Ms Linda Hofstad HELLELAND. They have done an impressive job working on a topic that is, or should be, the highest priority to everyone here at the Council of Europe, namely Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Thousands of civilians have been killed alongside the tens of thousands of Ukrainian military who have died... 24/01/2023 | 19:18:07 Thank you, Mr President. I would like to start by complimenting our rapporteur, Ms Fiona O'LOUGHLIN for her excellent work and on a very strong, to-the-point and timely report. It is a very great importance that our heads of state and government come together to reaffirm their continued commitment to liberal representative democracy bound by the rule of law and to human rights in a rule-based multilateral international order. The brutal aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine is... 23/06/2022 | 11:27:00 Mister Chair, Esteemed colleagues, The downing of flight MH17 on Thursday 17 July 2014 was a catastrophic event that took the lives of 298 innocent people and has inflicted wounds in the lives of so many more. It is an event that remains very vivid and painful in the collective memory of the Dutch people. Next to Dutch victims there were many Malaysian, Australian, Indonesian, British, Belgian and German citizens among the passengers and crew. In light of this, I’m humbled to express my...