Human Rights

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. 

“Freedom for those who defend .”

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10 years Arab Spring: No arms export to Egypt! My Plenary speech

In December's plenary I spoke about the arms exports of President Macron to the Egyptian dictator al-Sisi. Click here to learn more
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My plenary speech on Nasrin Sotoudeh and the situation in Iran

Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh fights for human rights in Iran and is thrown into prison for it time and time again. I talked about the unbreakable woman in this plenary speech.
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Great green success: The EU adopted its Human Rights Sanctions Mechanism

The EU has just adopted its Human Rights Sanctions Mechanism. This is a big Green success. Read more about it here
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My plenary speech on the fight against impunity for crimes targeting journalists

This week in Parliament we discussed the problem of impunity for crimes against journalists. In many countries, governments are making the work of journalists more difficult and restricting the freedom of the press.
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G20 in Saudi Arabia - My interview on Saudi human rights defenders for the heute-journal

Wer am G20 Gipfel in Saudi Arabien teilnimmt, muss diese Plattform nutzen und Menschenrechtsverteidiger*innen und die Reformkräfte im Land stärken. Im ZDF heute journal habe ich darüber gesprochen.
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Human rights conditionnality in EU funding to Egypt- written question

Here you can read my written question on human rights conditionnality in EU funding to Egypt and the commissions answer.
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Vans inciting hate speech against LGBTI persons in Poland- written question

Here you can read my written question regarding vans inciting hate speech against LGBTI persons in Poland.
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Hate speech against LGBTI persons by Polish governmental officials- written question

Here you can read my written question regarding hate speech against LGBTI persons by Polish governmental officials.
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Iranian civil society has a strong voice - listen to it! My plenary speech on the situation in Iran

In plenary we discussed the human rights situation in Iran. Iranian civil society has a strong voice which we must include in our policies in the region, more on this in my speech.
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Prosecution of NGOs in Greece- written question

Here you can read my written question regarding the prosecution of NGOs in Greece.
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The situation of women rights’ defenders in Saudi Arabia- written question

Here you can read my written question regarding the situation of women rights' defenders in Saudi Arabia and the commissions answer.
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Adopted: Urgency on the human rights situation in the Philippines - and it created quite some reactions in the country

The urgency regarding the Philippines was adopted by 626 votes in favour, 7 against and 52 abstentions - a broad majority across all political parties.
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