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 freedom .”

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Frauen und Mädchen in Afghanistan, die Pegasus-Spionagesoftware – und ein Kampagnenlaunch

Auch diesen Monat lag mein Fokus wieder besonders auf Afghanistan. Software wie Pegasus machen Menschenrechtsarbeit unmöglich. Das und vieles mehr findet ihr in meinem "Monthly"!
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The case of human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor in UAE: My plenary speech

Human rights activists in the United Arab Emirates who dare to speak up often end up behind bars. One of them is Ahmad Mansoor. More in my plenary speech:
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Pegasus: The enemy in your smartphone - my plenary speech

Spy softwares like Pegasus makes human rights work impossible, endangers journalists and also politicians. What needs to be done now:
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Afghanistan: We need tens of thousands of places in resettlement programmes! My plenary speech

The EU betrays the foundations on which its foreign policy stands: the trust of the local partners and the commitment to human rights. You can read more about my plenary speech in this article.
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MEPs discuss women's rights in Afghanistan

Since the Taliban took over, the situation for women and girls in Afghanistan has been steadily deteriorating. Europe must finally take responsibility. More on this in my speech in the Human Rights Committee:
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Afghanistan: My points of view in the media

The situation in Afghanistan is constantly changing. Here you will find an overview of the viewpoints I have shared when being interviewed by various media.
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Mit unserer Berliner Spitzenkandidatin Bettina Jarasch auf dem Campus für Demokratie

Aus einem Ort der Unterdrückung einen Ort der Aufklärung über Demokratie und Freiheit machen: das ist unser gemeinsames Ziel. Mit unserer Berliner Spitzenkandidatin Bettina Jarasch habe ich die ehemalige Stasi-Zentrale in Berlin-Lichtenberg besichtigt.
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2 Jahre im Europäischen Parlament, Beziehungen zu Saudi-Arabien und der EU-Menschenrechts-Sanktionsmechanismus

2 Jahre bin ich nun schon im Europaparlament! Meinen persönlichen Rückblick dazu sowie meine Einschätzung zum aktuellen Stand der Beziehungen zu Saudi-Arabien und zum EU-Menschenrechts-Sanktionsmechanismus lest ihr in meinem Juli-"Monthly"!
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Speech on diplomatic engagement with Saudi Arabia

Collaboration with Saudi Arabia: a tightrope walk

Saudi Arabia has made progress on women's rights and announced significant legal reforms. However, serious human rights violations continue to take place in the country. On which terms should we engage with Saudi Arabia?
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The EU's Human Rights Sanctions Mechanism: Parliament must have more say!

The global EU human rights sanctions regime has been in place since last year - this is a great success. But now the mechanism needs to be developed further. In my plenary speech, I explain how exactly this should be done.
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2 years in the European Parliament - looking back

It's been 2 years since I took my seat in the European Parliament - a lot of things have happened and I was able to celebrate many successes. A review of the past 12 months:
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Die EU als Beweis dafür, dass man Frieden lernen kann: Mein Interview in der Zeitschrift „Internationale Politik“

Warum brauchen wir die Europäische Union? In der Zeitschrift "Internationale Politik" habe ich hierzu eine Antwort in 2-Tweet-Kurzform gegeben. Außerdem ging es zum Beispiel um Frauen in der europäischen Politik und die EU-China-Beziehungen. Hier lest ihr mehr:
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