Everywhere in the world there are people who do things that we take for granted: criticise corruption, protect their local forest, express their opinions, love whomever they want. And because they do these things, they are threatened, persecuted, murdered. Their struggle for freedom is our struggle for freedom.
Experience shows that the EU can do much to protect human rights defenders. As vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), I want to give human rights defenders, who are coming under ever greater pressure everywhere, a strong voice. Because we in Europe cannot remain silent when elsewhere in the world human rights are trampled upon.