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Debates
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Taking forward the Horizontal anti-discrimination Directive (debate)
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  Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE). – Mr President, human rights are universal and human rights are subjective. There’s no legal international interpretation that they should be under the subsidiarity principle. This is the interpretation that international lawyers have about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and that the Venice Commission and the European Council have. So, with due respect – or without that – I am just appalled, and it is a disgrace to the Council that it has been stuck for 11 years with this Anti—Discrimination Directive, hiding behind technicalities, subsidiarity and everybody else’s back. We have heard – and we can see every day – millions of testimonies about what the situation is. We owe this to European citizens. We owe them the right not to be discriminated against. I would like to thank the Presidency for taking the initiative.

 
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