Human Rights

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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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


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.


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.


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.


Refugees in the Mediterranean and the EU's duty


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


Mediterranean migration crisis

MEPs call for European governments to do more sea rescue

The European Parliament today debated the ongoing crisis involving refugees in the Mediterranean and adopted a resolution on the EU's response. After the vote, Green migration spokesperson Judith Sargentini said: "The European Parliament has today sent a clear and strong signal that EU governme...

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Green proposals for a European migration and asylum strategy

To avoid further catastrophes and deaths in the Mediterranean we need a radical shift in the priorities of EU asylum policies. Increasing the budget of the "Triton" operation of the EU border surveillance agency FRONTEX and doing another minute of silence is not enough! The EU needs to effectively address the root causes of the crisis in the Mediterranean, not just its symptoms.

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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing


LIVE - press conference 28 April 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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Case of Nadiya Savchenko

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Rebecca Harms, Michèle Rivasi, Davor Škrlec, Helga Trüpel, Indrek Tarand, Bart Staes, Bronis Ropė, Heidi Hautala on behalf of the Greens/EFA group  The European Parliament, -   having regard to its previous resolutions on Russia and Ukraine, in particular its resolution on th...


Imprisonment of human and workers' right activists in Algeria

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Barbara Lochbihler, Davor Škrlec, Ernest Urtasun, Alyn Smith, Heidi Hautala, Judith Sargentini on behalf of the Greens/EFA group The European Parliament, -        having regard to its previous resolutions on Algeria, in particular of 9 June 2005 co...