Human Rights

Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 18-21 May 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included financial benchmarks, conflict minerals, the situation in Hungary, European agenda on migration, money laundering, maternity leave, the visit of Rajagopal, leader of the "sans terres" movement, “better regulation” package, the state of nature report.


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Conflict minerals

European Parliament supports Green proposal for binding rules on conflict minerals

The European Parliament today voted on draft EU legislation aimed at preventing conflict minerals through supply chain transparency. The vote significantly strengthened the original draft law proposed by the Commission by creating binding transparency rules, which would apply to firms throughout the...


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Hungary

Deja-vu in European Parliament underlines shortcomings of EU tools on fundamental rights

The European Parliament today debated the situation in Hungary, notably the proposed questionnaire on immigration and recent statements by Prime Minister Orban on reinstating the death penalty. Parliament will adopt a resolution in June, following a proposal of the Greens/EFA group. In the context o...


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Zimbabwe, notably the case of Itai Dzamara

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Judith Sargentini, Maria Heubuch, Heidi Hautala, Barbara Lochbihler, Ernest Urtasun, Bodil Ceballos, Igor Šoltes on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group  The European Parliament, - having regard to its previous resolutions on Zimbabwe, - having regard to the revised Partnership A...


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Swaziland, notably the cases of Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Judith Sargentini, Maria Heubuch, Heidi Hautala, Barbara Lochbihler, Ernest Urtasun, Bodil Ceballos, Igor Šoltes on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group The European Parliament, - having regard to the revised Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Paci...


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Mediterranean migration crisis

Destroying smugglers' boats would be further abdication of responsibility by EU to migrants

EU foreign ministers today agreed to launch a military mission against migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean. The Greens hit out at the decision, with migration spokesperson Judith Sargentini stating: “It is cynical of EU governments to propose a military response to what is a refugee crisis. Des...


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Conflict minerals

Proposed EU law risks becoming empty shell

On May 20th the European Parliament will vote on conflict minerals legislation. Greens fear that the proposal will be robbed of all its meaning as EU leaves decision to ban conflict minerals up to companies.


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Migration

Proposals timid and inconsistent

The European Commission today presented a new package of measures on migration. The proposals do not go far enough, according to Greens/EFA Co-President Rebecca Harms, who said: “The European Commission seems, at least, to have understood that the EU Member States must together face up to their co...


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Baku Games

12.05.2015

Run for Human Rights

With Azerbaijan hosting next month’s European Games, this conference aims to raise awareness of the country’s poor record on human rights. It forms part of a wider campaign raising human rights concerns with Azerbaijan in the run-up to the games.


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Sporting events must serve people, not big corporations

The European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and Committee on Culture and Education will hold a joint hearing Wednesday 6 May on large sporting events and their links to human rights issues.


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 27-30 April 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included fishery discards are back; reducing plastic bag use; biofuels’ climate problem and land use: problem unsolved; Bangladesh tragedy and the textile industry's responsibility; light touch regulation of shadow banking funds; EU budget discharge and problems with ITER nuclear fusion project; EP budget 2016 and MEPs' allowances; Europe's refugee shame and sea rescue; quicker access to funding for youth employment schemes; European Investment Bank's transparency and accountability deficit.


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Refugees in the Mediterranean and the EU's duty

29.04.2015

LIVE - Press conference 29 April 2015 10:30-11:00


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