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but you don't really feel election human being in it. and then. the guy just came over to me saw me in gave me this book. seemed wrong. we're all just don't all. get to shape out just because etiquette and it gains from it equals betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart. just in the. los angeles the city of luxury and fame but also an alarming number of people
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living in the streets. the simple fact in l.a. is there's just not enough shelter even if it's right now decided to come in there's nowhere to come in it's been a struggle. to get this man from his own drug dozens of tiny homes for people in need of shelter when you have nothing in order to go. you know having something like this may as well be a castle but do the authorities accept such solution. me house on a city parking space is not a solution one monitoring the site otherwise it will be a free for all and is there a better alternative to end the homelessness crisis. the poly diluent up in strasburg headquarters of the parliamentary assembly of the council of europe an organization which is seventy years old but virtually unknown
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but one but just fundamentally changed the lives of tens of millions of european citizens and changed them for the better this organization indeed the whole continent to europe doesn't have its problems to see just not so the council of europe at its best days behind it are of the greatest achievements still to come out of the calmly just world war the council of europe was formed to pull the human rights and the rule of international law it has forty seven member states eight hundred twenty million people and the operates on a budget of approximately half a billion euros senator i was merely hichens represents you the pin women's lobby in social economic issues in brussels she also happens to be the daughter of irish looked at on the president michael d. higgins senator higgins we're here in the parliamentary assembly of the council europe i mean many people point to something really obvious abuses of the
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convention by by members of this parliamentary assembly by countries which are membership a good thing that these breaches a huge problem or do the breaches illustrate that least there is a code which people have to operate i do believe that it is under challenge and it is under erosion on a global level outside of simply the european court of human rights for example some of the narrative we see in europe now we see discussion of citizens' rights but of course human rights is a wider thing and human rights is something that is about principle and not simply about a privilege of membership so i do think we need to underscore and protect absolutely the european court of human rights and that idea of. common standards in human rights and how they might be enforced and i know that the european court of human rights has played an often challenging role in. my own country and in pressing the laws in certain areas around reproductive rights around l g b t rights and it's been a very useful pressure for us nationally so i would be
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a strong defender of the importance of that but i would absolutely be under no illusion that it's not. under attack and under threat of erosion in terms of the wider sense of the convention and breaches of the convention i know that. we are seeing more and more breaches of the convention and there is a challenge for the entire council of europe structure now to discuss. what sanctions are appropriate or not appropriate how do we deal with breaches of the convention and those are a part of until there's individual member of the parliamentary assembly of some frustration. the sentiments but you've expressed with many of the individual members are somehow and people being reflected in the institutions would this be a frustration to share the snow or do you think it could be could be amended and changed the year in which i have been part of the council of europe has of course been been rocked by very serious concerns about corruption about the question
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of vote rigging. the transparency of institutions about appropriate actions at high levels so naturally i'm concerned about the institutions but certainly in my year here i have miss very passionate parliamentarians. from a wide range of political backgrounds who are consistently and robustly pushing forward. for better practices last may the heavens thank you so much for your crack dutch politician cox is chairman of the party of the european left in the parliamentary assembly of the council of europe has some very clear cut ideas about what the council should be trying to achieve what bourne's of you before he leaves and it's the most far reaching convention with regard to human rights and the rule
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of law and democracy that has ever been drafted and it has been adopted and adopted means that we also have a court on human rights here in strasbourg that if you feel that you are hurting your human rights you can finally apply to discourse on the verdict of this court are binding so it's difficult to crystallize sixty five years of the phrases but how would you assess the progress we've just i'm sure. the support we have drafted . and except that finally if we i mean the member states of the council of europe over two hundred conventions many of them are totally unknown but the most relevant and intervene in the daily lives off eight hundred thirty five million european citizens in a freeze because you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of this organization and what it can do for the future of europe by i am obliged to be an optimist because otherwise there are very good reasons to be a pessimist but i also think that in the end. both i would governments and all
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parliaments will realize that the convention based system where you have a flexible position of government stool and off bottom is to join or not to join it is of utmost value for a democratic and a rule of law based europe what happens when a member states legally. breached these these conventions in this ulick europe it is very difficult to find. rules that can be applied immediately from vostok to tool to to to greenland and so every every member state and every parliament and every government has the right to decide whether or when around when to join a convention it's a far more flexible system than the european union that's that's one rule for all and we now have seen that also creates problems and even gave the majority of the. vote just. the conviction that they had to do to get out of the european union the
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system of the council field is far more flexible but as you as you probably say to implement it is not easy and verdicts of the european court on human rights day are binding and indianans and most member states do do indeed live up to their obligations it takes a lot of time and we have some some bad customs see turkey as a bad customer at this moment russia always has been a bad. customer ukraine but also italy and sometimes the united kingdom they do not do what they have promised to do to sanction the verdicts of the of the can also be nice situation in catalonia where quite clearly there were three groups abuse of the of the convention human rights of the freedom of expression of. the same general of this body that was talking about the spanish constitution the unity of spain which is the best most of the same general nothing of
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a convention movement that is the business of this organization should be implementation of the convention right now i know that many members feel that. is the frustration that even the often less body of this confusion of what it should be doing in terms of ensuring that i use an established foundation don't you know this space in my report i. explain that spain is special with regard to the convention because after that and the fascism frankly is i'm in spain spain the new spain first adopted the european convention of human rights only a leader a year later it adopted a new democratic constitution so our convention on human rights and strident in the constitutional system of spain we have democracy and all member states and we have the rule of law we have a constitution and we have the will of the people these things do not always. go
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along there are confrontations does nothing wrong with that's the mako see the rule of law has to be applied but we also have to listen to the will of the people what do you believe in this report to point the way to making the organization more effective for its next six to five years our heads of state and government after decide whether they think that we should maintain this system that has served so many people. so well in the past sixty five years and if you want to maintain it and to continue it our governments have to put their money where their mouth this year so let's hope so glad i'm talking to you because a pleasure thank you very much the bad customers to the fair could include key member states such as russia the u.k. and spain russia's voting rights were revoked and twenty fourteen after the illegal annexation of crimea the sector general of the coma was warned that moscow could crash out of the group if russia keeps being excluded from the election talk it
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could be expelled from the council europe preston pursued his threat of reintroducing capital punishment following the coup attempt meanwhile the u.k. is under pressure to accept strasbourg court rulings on personal voting rights while the acting president of the parliamentary assembly launched that outspoken attack on state police violet of the closer you look for over eighteen years until the end of last year and thus the longest serving member of the u.k. delegation what changes is he witnessed during these years. a member of the parliamentary assembly of the council of europe for eighteen years when that is a quarter of the entire lifetime of this parliamentary assembly what are the changes that you've seen over that substantial period of time but if there are be major changes there's. the introduction of countries into the community which had never been there before. should be largely internationally written or as individual
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nations and i think that's one of the biggest thing that has caused the changes. europe and in particular the parliamentary assembly as always we are part of course for joining the european union or i think a great saying there's never been a new country in accession country into the european union it hasn't been a member of the council of europe people used to take the man's back to. what europe was like we were behind curtain throughout we had all these different individual countries who to run by the soviet state and so on and so forth what you have use a marriage and serve a whole ton of tea and different organizations and of course countries get independent and active it's been the only route into year and of course the contribution not just about those small number of nations which are members of the european union it's about the forty seven member the come to your bear in the great european area but what about all these breaches of the rules of the convention and
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human rights manifest that many of the member states i mean a lot of concentration on russia but if you could look at tough came we could lose recently spain fairly frequent violations of the of the european convention and then you have a title task it was the council get up doing about this violation of its own findings that people should not consider that in all these violations take place only in new emerging countries i mean violations frequently because there's been one or two investigations in the u.k. in practices in there and of course there is on a continuous basis throughout the european area but you know it's a balanced what you do about that how you train our you help do you jim you say you're a member and therefore go on because there are different systems different values case and we hear the voices in the u.k. saying look this convention the human rights the strasbourg caution of jurisdiction
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over the courts of of england of the courts of scotland even the this is something which is causing or above the some meddling in the affairs of just a people who would like in the u.k. to opt out of the convention well i don't think that issued a public order opt out of the convention various powers and then goes if they do do that it will be in the council of europe or the european community at all they'll be ostracized. just i mean the reality is that much of our modern day law is based on those principles and the best example of that is on capital punishment you know if you were to stay in and adapt all the policies both to change your mind and capital punishment said you believed in europe if you had i been speaking couple of years ago we had a fight in that both of would have found it unlikely almost incredible that the united kingdom would be in the process of but exit from the european union as it inconceivable that the same forces will go the whole hog and back on the council of
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europe and the european convention on human rights as well you know in democracy it's the most difficult thing in the world you have tyranny dictatorship feudalism and you have democracies the last one is a hard one and if you look back to the city at the start principle of democracy formed on the great with the greek concept of the olive democrat where you know all not a system of democracy they operated there was pluralism they believe that the more educated you were the more bocce got which to be seems the most undemocratic thing i've ever heard however you know what we've got to do trying to forge democracy on a whole series of principles that we can all live with and actually fight to a tree and our meal stingray talking to. us to look at some great insights from alex and his guests in strasbourg here's some of my thoughts recently the new york effective defense call for the summary execution of that trial in the judicial process of the u.k.
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citizens had been fighting for the dias tether. if such a policy would ever to be adopted it would make the u.k. the legal prize of europe and would surely almost certainly end in their expulsion from the council of europe all of which of course could be dismissed as despite ings of a novice minister if it had not been for the fact that has much more experience previous essar calls for effectively the same thing before other events overtook michael fallon and ended his ministerial career the prime minister herself has been thought to favor the ending of the jurisdiction of the strasbourg court over the judicial systems of the united kingdom indeed it is thought that her own preferred policy would have been to the mean in the european union and exit the kinds of europe rather than exiting the good opinion and remaining in the council of europe ironically it is breck's it which has secured the u.k. within the stroudsburg institutions as even some fervent director tears believe that staying within the council of europe emphasizes the point that the u.k.
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is leaving the european union and not europe but how do you kill really reached a level with an institution forced out of the fires and carnage of world war with the united kingdom in the vanguard of its creation is seen best as a tactical necessity for the time being perhaps the time has come for a new emphasis on the substantial i'm purpose of the council of europe the one political institution which can be genuinely said to unite a troubled continent. so from alex no the team hit alex salmon so in our first edition of the new york thank you for watching we hope to see what's.
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it's the cradle of jazz. this is america is the america we have. to know all of this jazz feel. a city of climatic contrast to fish alligators on the loose of poverty and crime by the at least twelve members of my family close most murders of street racing in the heat of the night. this is new orleans itself. the best place in the world. where normally gets manufactured consensus and still public wealth. when the ruling classes project themselves. with the famous
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larry go round be the one percent. we can all middle of the room sit. in the real news room. there on the cheek declares the weeklong anti-government protests are over we'll look at how the demonstrators were encouraged from abroad also to come this hour an r c a rise in violent crime in one of germany's regions is linked to an influx of young male migrants according to government backed research and the u.s. national security adviser says washington should reveal what he calls insidious russian meddling to prevent further interfere.
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and i welcome you watching r.t. international this thursday morning where it's just gone i love and care in moscow . our top story this that iran's military chief says the civil unrest which is blighted the country for a week is now over but it's come at a cost of at least twenty one lives as protest repeatedly to violent or worse still reports of small demonstrations last last night the arrest originally began his working class movement against climbing living standards and unemployment is iran's economy continues to stagnate but they widened into anti-government rallies u.s. leaders were quick to throw their support behind the protesters but as i can and i reports they damn played the key reason behind me unrest. when they ask for a better economy when they ask for the government to spend money on their own country as opposed to terror exploits overseas or in other countries sure we would
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certainly do when they say that to you i support mat i'm not going to go i'm not going to see that's why you're trying to trap me into something like that i'm not going to go there to try that is no that is not our that is not our policy but we here with the iranian people are saying poverty corruption and economic uncertainty have the potential to trigger protests in the world over. and they can quickly turn ugly. but the international reaction to such an rest seems to depend on the country and question this is the precise picture of a long oppressed people rising up against their dictators so with all the fun you know i mean in any country people can protest against high prices but when have a such to mr ations happen in our country opponents of the establishment come out and support them some western leaders are barely able to contain their enthusiasm for regime change and are rushing to throw their weight behind the demonstrators we
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are now seeing an organic popular uprising organized organized by brave iranian citizens on the largest scale since two thousand and nine the greats of rain young people have been repressed for many years they're hungry for food for freedom along with human rights the wealth of iran is being looted song for change it is essential that western powers britain britain think of the. american i mean the west the power is. back in the arena. because it's only with. that being the iranian people. can go all the way and securing their freedom of the of the previous regime what we've seen where this apparent pro-democracy fervor can lead. to. yes. the american president says he supports the protesters but these protests are not protests against the government
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these kinds of demonstrations happen in any country and they are against rising prices but each time these demonstrations happen we see that the authorities opponents use them for their own purposes the majority in iran i believe want evolution not revolution here. arrow spring style which has brought so much suffering elsewhere on the other hand the west seems oddly quiet about the massive rallies that are being held across iran in support of the government to. the root of it is just a canard x. is the problem of youth unemployment i personally haven't been able to find a job for a long time but if people have a job they don't have any problem with the government of course most of iraq economic problems are domestically generally but another reason why investment and thus new jobs have been slow in coming is that contrary to their
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obligations under the nuclear agreement western countries notably the united states have not taken sufficient steps to facility normal financial flows when it comes to iran the west says it's listening but clearly selectively co-opting democracy for its own ends is a difficult habit to break and associates are going to artsy wonder where is the around protester to get more international attention some posts on social media spread rapidly despite being proven as fakes this tweet for example shows a photo of a woman hitting police officers with the caption iran but it turned out to be a screenshot from an iranian movie after being exposed the man who posted it claimed it was supposed to be symbolic and then a video which again thousands of use was said to show a march in iran and that. later proved to be a protest in bahrain from twenty eleven other fakes were probably less clear including this post here which claimed to show the uprising when it was actually
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a photo of a pro government rally. our rise in violent crime in germany's lower saxony region is being linked to an increase in migrants in the government back study but is it really that simple poor asli takes a look. why have reports of violent crime in one german state increased by more than ten percent in the last two years but this is exactly what a group of criminologist said zurich university of applied science sitar to find and what they established is that there is a link between the increased violent crimes in lowest sex to me and the influx of migrants but the authors say there are any number of important contributing factors the first and foremost is the age of the migrants most of man between the ages of fourteen and thirteen not generally speaking people in this age bracket are more likely to commit acts of a violent nature than people in other age groups secondly where they come from is
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important mike woods who come from syria iraq and afghanistan tend not to carry out the same number of violent acts as migrants for example that are coming from north africa and then third what is also relevant is the fact that there is a lack of woman among the migrants only a quarter of migrants are female which means that you have groups of young men without their wives their mothers will be sisters and they are more likely to carry out acts of a violent nature now these findings do reflect earlier reportings that suggests that there is an increase in acts of a violent nature that are connected to arrive here in germany that's say that wolf is there is an important mitigating factor and this is and it could be that people may be more likely to report acts find them in acts that are carried out by migrants if they were carried out by local germans not criminologist believes that
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only integration isn't the solution and should bring down the high level of crime rates among my goodness kind of from our point of view the study shows once again the you must not abandon those who come to us but act. provide integration and that means for example compulsory and comprehensive integration and language courses more places in kindergartens in schools let's ask people here in berlin what they think. i would say that this is coming from both sides the more people that come the more the dissatisfaction will be from those who have lived here longer i think that's something that should be driven by politics but and at the end of the day it's to us as part of the society that we all need to change and if you've got people that are pliable changing our behavior and that you can lose a really of it one of the more radical solutions would be to deport the immigrants from germany interation stuff it's all day they need to work at some point being an
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immigrant and working it's a different story we kind of try to to get them get them something worthwhile to do while a solution to the problem continues to be sort of a sad reality is that a violent crimes continue. our team. well the chairman of the vice pardon academy for integration believes the same behavioral patterns can be found actually among any group regardless of whether they have a migrant background or not. what is written in the report is basically common sense that people without any perspective with the living standards which are already hard are more common to go into the thinking about criminal activities if you talk about integration of immigrants it's a dialogue from the ones for integration you have to build perspectives and give
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them the chance to be one part of the society but on the other hand you have to hear the worries about germans and find together with those people who have worries solutions which can help for a better future together. now the u.s. national security advisor has his knives out for the new year with a call to review what he describes as insidious russian meddling h.r. mcmaster here says that pulling back the curtain might be a vital step to prevent further interference the russian blaming trend hit full throttle almost a year ago with the release of a us intelligence report that kept the momentum going throughout twenty seven. arguably the biggest story of twenty seventeen was russia it was on the lips.


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