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"Madam President, I share the concerns raised by this report surrounding the violation of fundamental freedoms in the Sahel region of Africa. The statistics are startling. We think of widespread tolerance of violence against women in these societies. We also recognise the unacceptable reality of child labour, child soldiers and rising levels of human trafficking. Freedoms of association and speech have also been trampled on in Chad and Mali. The region also fits a trend of countries becoming susceptible to Islamic extremism. Recently, the Nigerian terrorist organisation infiltrated Algeria, jeopardising personal religious freedoms, in particular those held by Christians. As an MEP for Northern Ireland, I know all too well the dangers that such wanton acts of terrorism present for protecting the rights of all in society. I also believe, however, that – as this report points out and as Northern Ireland proves – support for democracy and the rule of law is vital in ensuring that these freedoms are ultimately upheld."@en1
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