Human Rights

All over the world there are people who do what we take for granted: Denounce corruption, protect their local forest, express their opinions freely, love who they want to love. And yet they are threatened, persecuted and murdered for doing so. Their fight for freedom is our fight for freedom.

Experience shows: When it comes to protecting human rights defenders, the EU can make a difference, especially if it stands united. As Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee (DROI), I bring the voices of human rights defenders, who are under increasing pressure worldwide, to Parliament and call for their support. We must not remain silent when people's rights are being trampled on elsewhere.

Meldet euch jetzt an für die Veranstaltung am 9. September in der "Stasi-Zentrale. Campus für Demokratie".
The Iranian regime fears freedom: Tens of thousands of political prisoners are in jail because they dared to speak up. Everyone who still talks to the Iranian regime must demand their release! My plenary speech:
A study by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, which I initiated as Vice Chair of the Human Rights Committee, shows that it is often difficult for Human Rights Defenders to enter the EU. Once on EU territory, they often do not get the support they need. What needs to change:
SLAPP cases are increasingly being used to silence critical voices. In my plenary speech, I made clear why they are so insidious and what they mean for those affected and the legal systems:
The Taliban have steadily restricted women's and girls' rights, press freedom and civil liberties. Now they target education as a means to spread their radical ideology. It was in this context that I travelled to Afghanistan for the second time.
This year alone, more than 300 people have been executed in Iran. The international community must not remain silent in the face of such atrocities, otherwise there could soon be 3000.
The work of the PEGA Committee uncovered the rampant misuse of spyware worldwide. Now, the Commission and the Council must act upon our recommendations! My plenary speech:
The misuse of Spyware is a danger to democracy. In the Pegasus Committee of Inquiry, we spent a year working on this issue. The report and recommendations have now been adopted in the committee.
Without the support of our local partners, no EU action, no matter how rapidly deployed, will have a positive political impact on the ground. A Rapid Deployment Capacity cannot be our only answer – we need to better protect our partners and evacuate them when needed! My speech:
After taking power only one and a half years ago, the Taliban have banned women from public life. Now, the future of the country is under attack: the education of its youngest. The EU cannot look away. My plenary speech:
Iraq is a country that has gone through years of war, conflict and terror. Yet the spirit of the Youth protest movement lives on! As the EU, we should support this young courageous generation as much as we can. My plenary speech:
For the past 6 months, there has been a conspiracy of silence of Commission and member states. In order to be able to protect democracy, however, all stakeholders need to be willing to cooperate - more in my speech: