Human Rights

EU summit

Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts at the European Council

Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts will be attending the European Council on 17/18 March. Philippe will be arriving at the summit at 16.15 and will be available for interviews and questions in the press area. Ahead of the summit, Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts said: "EU leader...


Due diligence needed to protect human rights

A blog from Heidi Hautala

In the beginning of March I received sad and worrying news from Honduras. Berta Cáceres, an internationally acknowledged human rights activist, co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH), had been murdered. Gunmen had broken into her home and shot her. Her assassinati...


Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 7-11 March 2016

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included EU summit on the refugee crisis and Schengen, the possible re-approval of glyphosate, the report on tackling fraud with EU funds, women refugees and asylum seekers in focus on Women's Day, the controversial EU deal with tobacco industry, the report on children's rights in criminal proceedings

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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing


LIVE press conference 8 March 2016 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group

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Syria - Accountability key for future after truce

Press release from EFA MEP Alyn Smith (SNP)

For over a week now Syria has seen a significant reduction of violence as the partial cessation of hostilities agreed, following international pressure on both the Syrian regime and the Syrian opposition, has largely held. In today's plenary debate in the European Parliament...


Refugee crisis/Turkey summit

EU must address human rights concerns with Turkey

Ahead of this Monday's EU-Turkey summit on the refugee crisis, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said: "It is clear that the EU must cooperate with Turkey and President Erdogan in order to solve the refugee crisis but EU governments cannot simply abdicate their own re...

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Refugee crisis

EU-made humanitarian crisis in Greece has created need for new assistance mechanism

The European Commission today announced the provision €700 million in EU funds over three years to support EU member states in tackling humanitarian crises, notably with regard to the acute situation in Greece. Commenting on the announcement, Green migration spokesperson Judith Sargentini said: &q...

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Otegi - Spanish government must change course in search of peace

European Free Alliance (EFA) press release

Responding to the release from prison of Basque political figure Arnaldo Otegi, and the implications for building a lasting peace in the Basque Country, politicians from the European Free Alliance have called on the Spanish government to revise its approach to Basque political prisoners. They have a...


Urgent Call for a Peaceful Resolution to the Humanitarian Situation in Sur District of Diyarbakir

Letter to the Turkish Government

The historical district of Sur in Diyarbakir has been under curfew since December 11 last year. The infrastructure has been largely destroyed by shelling. An estimated 200 people are still trapped in the basements, including 15 children under 10 years of age and an unknown number of wounded peop...

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Spain's 'attack on Catalan democracy'

European Free Alliance (EFA) Press release

European politicians from the European Free Alliance (EFA) have strongly criticised a decision of the Spanish constitutional court to suspend the functions of Catalonia's Minister of Foreign Affairs for five months. The Spanish government brought the case arguing that Catalonia's appointment of a Fo...