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News |

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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Turkish Flag/ CC0 Dima Rogachevskiy
Press release |

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.
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Video |

1000 km of shame

"Many criticised Trump's crazy idea of building a wall. But we have in the EU erected over 1000 km of walls over last 30 years to prevent asylum seekers from coming to Europe. 1000km of walls to isolate rather than to protect. Look away rather than to stand together. 1000km of shame!" Strong speech by our MEP Damien Carême today in the…
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migrants greece
Press release |

Humanitarian situation of refugees and migrants at the EU's external borders

Members of the European Parliament will debate the situation facing refugees and migrants on the EU's external borders, following reports of the dire situation in Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Canary islands and elsewhere.
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Press release |

China: Forced labour and the situation of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang

The atrocities against the Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang and rampant state-imposed forced labour are crimes against humanity. The European Parliament is calling on European companies to break off business relations with Chinese partners if they abet human rights violations.
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Press release |

Sakharov Prize - Belarussian democratic opposition

Today (Wednesday 16 December), the European Parliament formally awards the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Belarusian opposition.
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Opinion |

A bad day for human rights abusers

Heidi Hautala
Opinion by Heidi Hautala
The European Parliament has for several years called for a new tool to sanction human rights abusers worldwide. Finally on 7 December the EU Council adopted this regime which will allow the EU to impose travel bans and asset freezes on the grounds of trafficking, arbitrary arrests, slavery, as well as the more serious crimes...
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Press release |

Human Rights: EU sanctions regime agreed

The new sanctions mechanism is a big success, the European Parliament, and our group in particular, have repeatedly called for the adoption of such a regime. Our efforts now have finally paid off. With the mechanism, the EU will have a toolbox at its disposal allowing targeted, smart sanctions, such as asset freezes or travel bans.
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Press release |

UN Human Rights Council vote

Today, the United Nations Human Rights Council will elect 15 new members in a secret ballot. The 15 countries will be chosen later today by the UN General Assembly to sit on the 47 nation council. The new members will serve for three years from January. China, Saudi Arabia and Russia are vying for p...
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Press release |

Parliament votes for serious action on rule of law

Today, the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights (DRF). The Parliament vote reaffirms the commitment of MEPs to establish a comprehensive approach to the rule of law instead of ...