Human Rights

EU border management/FRONTEX

EU Parliament calls for complaints mechanism for refugees

The European Parliament will this evening vote on a report setting out recommendations to the EU border agency FRONTEX on how to better protect the fundamental rights of refugees. The report calls for the creation of a complaints mechanism for refugees and calls on the Commission to include this in ...

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Elimination of violence against women in the EU

Plenary speech by Jordi Sebastià

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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing


LIVE press conference 24 November 2015 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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Can Europe afford not to sanction against discrimination and racism?


A Greens/EFA conference

Few groups have historically been so persecuted, discriminated and harassed than the Roma people. In almost all of Europe the Roma minority were and have been denied the right to permanent housing, labour and education, which is still the prevailing situation of the majority of Roma. Today we see a new wave of anti-Ziganism. The Nazis organized in the 30's a battle against what they called organized begging. Have we learned anything from history? How should we respond to harassment and threats against Roma today?


Paris attacks

Common statement of Greens/EFA group and European Green Party

Common statement by the co-presidents of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts, and the co-chairs of the European Green Party, Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni: “We were shocked when we heard of the terrible terrorist attack against the people ...

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Keeping journalists safe EFA 2

Press Freedom - Keeping Journalists Safe


Panel discussion hosted by EFA MEP Jordi Sebastià

The European Free Alliance (EFA) & Jordi Sebastià MEP are hosting a panel discussion on Press Freedom-Keeping Journalists Safe. The SEEMO Safety Net Manual for Journalists, a publication that assists journalists to prepare and respond to extraordinary situations, will also be presented du...


The European Public Prosecutor


A proper approach to fight economic crimes and ensure fundamental rights?

Watch the event live Keynote: Mireille Delmas MartyProfessor at the Collège de France, Chair of Comparative legal studies and the internationalisation of law, Paris Panellists: Mireille Delmas MartyProfessor at the Collège de France, Chair of Comparative legal studies and the internatio...



EU report overshadowed by failed UNESCO membership bid

The European Commission today presented its progress reports on the EU candidate countries. Commenting on the Kosovo report, Green MEP and EP rapporteur/draftsperson on Kosovo Ulrike Lunacek * stated: “The EU progress report has been considerably overshadowed by yesterday's narrow rejection of Kos...

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Turkish election

Fundamental principles of democratic elections undermined

Commenting on the outcome of the election in Turkey, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said: "Fundamental principles of democratic elections have been undermined in this election. While Erdogan has succeeded in his strategy, the AKP victory was not achieved via a fair...

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Saudi Arabia/human rights

Raif Badawi awarded Sakharov Prize

The 2015 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought has been awarded to Saudi Arabian online activist Raif Badawi, who was nominated by the Greens/EFA group for this year's prize. The decision was taken in today's Conference of Presidents of the political groups in the European Parliament, based on a sho...

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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 26-29 October 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included EP tax investigation; preventing the trade in torture products; strengthening the European citizens' initiative; refugee crisis and EU governments' response; Diesel gate and the EU car pollution rules; A real end to roaming and protection of net neutrality; Commission work programme and better regulation; Gender equality at the European Court of Justice; Reforming GMO food and feed authorisations in Europe; EU air pollution rules; Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought.