"I oppose the view advocated by some that the Parliamentary Assembly should refrain from talking about the matter on the grounds that it is more properly within the remit of the European Court of Human Rights. If this position were adopted members might as well go home. The definition had been used previously in this Assembly and had not been criticised. I find it difficult to understand why some members thought the process had been hasty when it had taken three years. I urge the Assembly not to emasculate itself."
"The amendment 2 aims to neuter the report and to mortgage the future activity of the Council of Europe. What do those who tabled the amendment hope to achieve by this? Do they want to deny hope to political prisoners?"