Human Rights

Mediterranean refugee tragedy

EU funded sea rescue programme must be urgently agreed

Commenting ahead of today's meeting of EU foreign affairs and internal affairs ministers, which will discuss last week's tragedies involving refugees in the Mediterranean, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said: "We need a permanent EU-funded programme for search and ...


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Azerbaijan human rights

Greens call for release of Azeri human rights activist

Azeri human rights activist Rasul Jafarov was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on Thursday (16 April). The alleged tax avoidance charges and the sentence have been described by observers as politically-motivated and Green MEP and EU Parliament vice-president Ulrike Lunacek as well as...


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Freedom in a time of crisis
Freedom in a time of crisis

Freedom in a time of crisis

15.04.2015

A Greens/EFA conference

The Greens/EFA conference "Freedom in a time of crisis" will look at the state of freedom of speech and how it affects writers around the world. Speakers include John Ralston Saul, president PEN international and writers Tahmina Aman from Bangladesh and Kamila Shamsie, from the UK.


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Mediterranean refugee tragedy

European sea rescue programme urgently needed

Following the capsizing of a boat carrying refugees in the Mediterranean on Monday, which is believed to have led to up to 400 deaths, the Greens have called for a European sea rescue programme, financed by EU member states. Green migration spokesperson Judith Sargentini said: "The scale of thi...


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Conflict minerals

Small steps forward for draft transparency rules

The European Parliament's trade committee today voted on draft EU legislation aimed at preventing conflict minerals through supply chain transparency. The vote improved the original draft law proposed by the Commission by creating binding transparency rules rather than a voluntary scheme. Howev...


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Muhammad Yunus meets the Greens

2006 Nobel peace prize


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International Roma Day – anti-Gypsyism in Europe

Plenary speech by Bodil CEBALLOS


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Brussels plenary 25 March 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included tax policy; the Annual Tax Report; Macro-financial assistance to Ukraine; Minimum rates of pay in the transport sector; International Roma Day.


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Europe's Roma Community

Basic human rights must not be compromised

International Roma Day on April 8 is not just about celebrating Roma culture, it is also intended to highlight the persecution and discrimination that the Roma people face in all aspects of life. The Greens have long fought for an effective strategy on Roma inclusion, and we continue this work as the European Parliament now prepares a resolution on Roma rights.


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Beyond Dublin

A Discussion Paper for the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament

  The Dublin system is coming under increasing pressure. It sets out the criteria for deciding which European Member State has responsibility for dealing with an asylum application. The Dublin system has been widely criticised because it is unfair to both asylum seekers and Member States and b...


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 9-12 March 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included Lux Leaks and tax evasion, gender equality, lorry design and road safety, credit card fees; services trade and liberalisation, EU enlargement progress; energy union and Ukraine, transparency and anti-corruption, Russia and Nemtsov's murder; counter-terrorism cooperation with third countries and human rights.


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Russia

EU must do more to support civil society and pluralism

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the situation in Russia, following the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Commenting after the vote, Green foreign affairs spokesperson Tamás Meszerics said:"The brutal and tragic murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Ne...


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