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.

227 members of the Iranian parliament have demanded harsh penalties against protesters. In the European Parliament, we debated the consequences the EU should draw. My plenary speech:
In Rostock habe ich Claudia Müller im Wahlkampf unterstützt und mich mit ehemaligen afghanischen Ortskräften getroffen.
Maria Ressa, philippinische Journalistin und Friedensnobelpreisträgerin 2021, droht eine jahrzehntelange Haftstrafe. Zusammen mit vielen Abgeordneten rufen wir die neue philippinische Regierung dazu auf, ihre kürzlich bekräftigte Verpflichtung zur Achtung unabhänguger Medien einzuhalten.
Die Kurdin Jina Mahsa Amini wurde wegen eines "falsch sitzenden" Hijabs festgenommen und getötet. Seitdem demonstrieren Menschen im Iran und weltweit für die Freiheit und Grundrechte der Iraner*innen.
Auf dem Campus für Demokratie wurde das jährliche Campus-Kino mit dem Film "Bettina" eröffntet. Ich habe die Veranstaltung als Moderatorin begleitet.
How well are the EU, its member states and partners protecting and supporting Human Rights Defenders worldwide? The European Parliamentary Research Service has now published a study on this topic.
Spyware is a dangerous tool. We need a moratorium on its sale and use: My plenary speech
50 international civil society organisations have called on the EU to create a better framework to make it easier for human rights defenders to obtain EU visas.
Feministische Außenpolitik will Ungleichheiten analysieren, benennen und ausgleichen. Nur mehr Frauen einzubinden, wird nicht alle Probleme lösen. In der Frankfurter Rundschau habe ich u.a. darüber gesprochen:
The Egyptian-British citizen has been detained in Egypt for more than 1000 days. Last week I met his sister Sanaa Seif.
Who uses the "Pegasus" spy software? Who has control over the data collected and the system itself? Who bears responsibility for human rights violations committed with the help of the software? We quizzed NSO representative Chaim Gelfand on these issues.
Kuwait gives its citizens many democratic rights compared to other Gulf monarchies, and is also ahead in women's rights. Yet there is not a single woman in parliament. I travelled to the country - an interview.