Rights and freedoms

Fighting for EU democracy, defending human rights

Catalonia is under siege

Press release from EFA MEPs J-M Terricabras & Jordi Solé (Catalonia)

Catalan MEPs have written to all members of the European Commission and MEPs following today's attack on Catalan democracy by Spanish armed police. Spain's Guardia Civil raided several Catalan ministries, arresting members of the government, ahead of Catalonia's independence referendu...


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Spain must comply with EU fundamental rights charter

Press release from EFA MEPs J-M Terricabras & Jordi Solé

Catalan Greens/EFA MEPs Josep-Maria Terricabras and Jordi Solé have written to the Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to protest the political and judicial persecution by Spanish authorities against politicians, media, civil servants ...


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Defending democratic rights in Catalonia

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has co-signed a question to the European Commission condemning the actions of the Spanish government in trying to prevent Catalonia's forthcoming independence referendum. It follows reports that Spain's prosecutor general has threatened 712 democratically electe...


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EU must defend freedom of expression in Spain

Press release from EFA MEP J-M Terricabras (Catalunya)

Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras has called upon the European Commission to defend the right to freedom of expression in Spain and to mediate with the Spanish Government in respect of Catalonia's forthcoming referendum on independence. He addressed his remarks directly to European Commissi...


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Binding standards needed to keep network safe

EU Commission Cyber Security Strategy

The digitalisation of everyday life and the so-called Internet of Things requires more security for information technologies, as made clear by the May 2017 "WannaCry" incident.


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Stronger measures to tackle violence against women

Press release from EFA MEP Jill Evans (Wales)

The European Parliament today voted in favour of ratifying the Istanbul Convention, which is the first legally binding instrument on preventing and combating violence against women and girls at international level. The move was welcomed by Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans, a long standing campaigner fo...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

12.09.2017

LIVE press conference 12 September 2017 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Ska Keller 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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Criminal defamation laws in the EU

07.09.2017

Are criminal defamation laws stifling free speech?

In the laws of many countries defamation is defined both as a civil wrong and a criminal offence. In other words, a person can either be sued for compensation by the affected person or be criminally prosecuted by the state.


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EU Commission must get tough on boycotting Member States

ECJ ruling on relocation scheme

Member States must show solidarity or face consequences, says Greens/EFA president Ska Keller.


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Better Regulation for Copyright

06.09.2017

Academics Meet Policy Makers

The EU has set itself the goal to base all its actions on evidence and a full understanding of the impacts of legislation. Better regulation should therefore also be the principle to apply in the ongoing legislative initiatives on copyright and related policy.


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International Day of the Disappeared

The fate of tens of thousands of people in Syria.

On the occasion of the "International Day of the Disappeared" (30 August) we would like to recall the fate of tens of thousands of people in Syria. Since March 2011, Syrian security forces have had countless people arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned, disappeared, and many of them killed.


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ImagiNation - 100 years of visual political communication on self-determination

28.08.2017

An exhibition by the European Free Alliance

This exhibition invites your ImagiNation to promenade through 100 years of visual political communication on self-determination. The exhibition is at the European Parliament from 28 August (evening) until 1 September.   EFA - ImagiNation poster exhibition It provides an opportunity ...


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