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Flash - Plenary session 8-12 February 2021

Greens/EFA priorities for the part-session

During the plenary session, the European Parliament will debate and/or vote on COVID vaccines, new circular economy action plan, recovery and resilience facility, report on border procedures, Ostrovets nuclear power plant, combating human trafficking, ghost flights in Europe, de facto abortion ban in Poland,...


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Navalny sentenced - quote from Sergey Lagodinsky MEP

Russia

The Moscow District Court has sentenced Alexei Navalny to three and a half years in prison for allegedly violating parole conditions. "This verdict and the crackdown by the security forces and judiciary show that Navalny and the demonstrators have hit a nerve. The Russian people need the backing of the European Union" said Sergey Lagodinsky MEP, Greens/EFA group spokesperson on Russia


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Face surveillance vs Facial Authentication: What is it and why should biometric mass surveillance be banned in the public space?

26.01.2021

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Often when people think of facial recognition, they think about unlocking their phones with their face. Facial authentication is used to verify that someone is who they say they are, when for example gaining secured access to a building or traveling through a passport gate. This is a one-to-one comp...


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Greens/EFA debriefing of the plenary session

18-22 January

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included: presentation of the Portuguese Presidency, EU global Strategy for COVID-19 vaccination, Inauguration of the new President of the United States and the current political situation, report on decent and affordable housing, the EU Strategy for Gender Equality, debate on the situation in the EU external borders, debate and resolution on human rights situation in Turkey, and the reform of the EU’s list of tax havens.


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Turkish Flag/ CC0 Dima Rogachevskiy

Prisoners of conscience in Turkey

Quotes from Ska Keller and Sergey Lagodinsky

Thursday, 21 January, MEPs will debate and vote on an urgency resolution on the human rights situation in Turkey, notably the case of Selahattin Demirtaş and other prisoners of conscience, and urge for their immediate release. One of the less known prisoners of conscience is Cihan Erdal, a member of the youth wing of Turkey’s Green Left Party.


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Humanitarian situation of refugees and migrants at the EU's external borders

Quote from Tineke Strik MEP

Members of the European Parliament will debate the situation facing refugees and migrants on the EU's external borders, following reports of the dire situation in Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Canary islands and elsewhere.


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China: Forced labour and the situation of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang

Quote from Reinhard Bütikofer MEP

The atrocities against the Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang and rampant state-imposed forced labour are crimes against humanity. The European Parliament is calling on European companies to break off business relations with Chinese partners if they abet human rights violations.


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Sakharov Prize - Belarussian democratic opposition

Quote from Heidi Hautala MEP

Today (Wednesday 16 December), the European Parliament formally awards the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Belarusian opposition.


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A bad day for human rights abusers

An opinion by MEP Heidi Hautala

The European Parliament has for several years called for a new tool to sanction human rights abusers worldwide. Finally on 7 December the EU Council adopted this regime which will allow the EU to impose travel bans and asset freezes on the grounds of trafficking, arbitrary arrests, slavery, as well as the more serious crimes...


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Human Rights: EU sanctions regime agreed

Quotes from Hannah Neumann & Heidi Hautala

The new sanctions mechanism is a big success, the European Parliament, and our group in particular, have repeatedly called for the adoption of such a regime. Our efforts now have finally paid off. With the mechanism, the EU will have a toolbox at its disposal allowing targeted, smart sanctions, such as asset freezes or travel bans.


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UN Human Rights Council vote

Quotes from Reinhard Bütikofer MEP & Hannah Neumann MEP

Today, the United Nations Human Rights Council will elect 15 new members in a secret ballot. The 15 countries will be chosen later today by the UN General Assembly to sit on the 47 nation council. The new members will serve for three years from January. China, Saudi Arabia and Russia are vying for p...


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Parliament votes for serious action on rule of law

Rule of law

Today, the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights (DRF). The Parliament vote reaffirms the commitment of MEPs to establish a comprehensive approach to the rule of law instead of ...


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