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Fuelling conflict and human rights violations

Factsheet on EU-Mercosur trade agreement - This agreement insufficiently protects the rights of indigenous people, farmers, and consumers, whose health and lives are at risk. It is unacceptable that trade interests prevail over human rights.
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Are prisons obsolete? From prison reform to prison abolition

“On the whole, people tend to take prisons for granted. It is difficult to imagine life without them. At the same time, there is reluctance to face the realities hidden within them, a fear of thinking about what happens inside them. Thus, the prison is present in our lives and, at the same tim...
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Businesses must be held accountable for human rights & environmental abuses

The European Parliament will vote on an ambitious legislative initiative on corporate responsibility and accountability. The Commission is expected to propose a binding due diligence law for all companies operating in the European market by June. In its report, the EP is calling for binding rules for companies that will have to identify a…
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State of emergency at the French-Italian border

The European border and coast guard agency (FRONTEX) has allegedly assisted and took part in pushbacks of asylum seekers into the sea, which is contrary to the international law and to the Geneva Convention. While we obtained the implementation of an inquiry into the agency’s actions at the EU’s external borders, we do not forget that EU …
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EU Human Rights Sanctions

EU foreign ministers have agreed to sanction four Russian officials over the jailing of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, which is the first listings on the EU's new Global Human Right's Sanctions Regime.
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Flash - Plenary session 8-12 February 2021

During the plenary session, the European Parliament will debate and/or vote on COVID vaccines, new circular economy action plan, recovery and resilience facility, report on border procedures, Ostrovets nuclear power plant, combating human trafficking, ghost flights in Europe, de facto abortion ban in Poland,...
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Navalny sentenced - quote from Sergey Lagodinsky MEP

The Moscow District Court has sentenced Alexei Navalny to three and a half years in prison for allegedly violating parole conditions. "This verdict and the crackdown by the security forces and judiciary show that Navalny and the demonstrators have hit a nerve. The Russian people need the backing of the European Union" said Sergey Lagodins…
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Face surveillance vs Facial Authentication: What is it and why should biometric mass surveillance be banned in the public space?

Often when people think of facial recognition, they think about unlocking their phones with their face. Facial authentication is used to verify that someone is who they say they are, when for example gaining secured access to a building or traveling through a passport gate. This is a one-to-one comp...
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Greens/EFA debriefing of the plenary session

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included: presentation of the Portuguese Presidency, EU global Strategy for COVID-19 vaccination, Inauguration of the new President of the United States and the current political situation, report on decent and affordable housing, the EU Strategy for Gender Equality, debate on the situation in th…
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Prisoners of conscience in Turkey

MEPs will debate and vote on an urgency resolution on the human rights situation in Turkey, notably the case of Selahattin Demirtaş and other prisoners of conscience, and urge for their immediate release. One of the less known prisoners of conscience is Cihan Erdal, a member of the youth wing of Turkey’s Green Left Party.