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 .”


Meine Reise nach Afghanistan, der Pegasus-Skandal und der geplante Containerhafen in Świnoujście

Wir dürfen die Frauen und Mädchen in Afghanistan nicht aus den Augen verlieren! Als erste europäische Abgeordnete bin ich nach der Machtübernahme der Taliban ins Land gereist. Über diese und andere Themen lest ihr in meinem Monthly:
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Pegasus: We demand an immediate clarification of the scandal

The Pegasus scandal has reached the European Union. I had expected an outcry because of these incidents, but nothing happened. Should we simply sit back and watch while our democracy is being attacked? My speech on the subject:
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Press conference - Protecting human rights defenders: The Pegasus Committee

#CatalanGate, the misuse of "Pegasus" and other spyware: committee of enquiry starts its work

Five MEPs were targeted by the spyware "Pegasus", either personally or through spyware attacks on family, friends or their professional contacts. I am a member of the Parliament's committee of enquiry on the subject.
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My trip to Afghanistan

A crackdown on women’s rights, violence, a climate of fear and a humanitarian crisis: Afghanistan is in a sorry state after the Taliban took over. I met with activists, journalists, women’s rights defenders – and also with Taliban representatives.
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The oppression of women and girls in Afghanistan: My plenary speech

In August, the Taliban promised to respect women's rights and press freedom. But these announcements have proven to be empty words. At the same time, the EU has done too little to push for necessary evacuations. My plenary speech:
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Brasil - Swiss military vehicles used in the slums of Rio de Janeiro: My statement

Swiss military vehicles used in the slums of Rio de Janeiro: My statement

Armoured Swiss military vehicles, originally exported to Brazil for humanitarian purposes, have been used in Rio de Janeiro's favelas. I spoke to the press about the case.
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Feminist Foreign Policy in Times of War

Putin can safely be described as peak toxic masculinity, and yet he is far from alone with his macho behaviour and his oppression of women and minorities in his own country. But how can a feminist foreign policy counter all of this?
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Putins Angriffskrieg, die Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz und die „Afghan Women Days“

Kriege zerstören innerhalb von Tagen und Wochen, was über Jahrzehnte aufgebaut wurde. In meinem "Monthly" geht es diesmal unter anderen um Putins Angriffskrieg und die "Afghan Women Days".
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The Munich Security Conference 2022 - "Unlearning Helplessness"

At this year's Munich Security Conference, I was once again one of the participants in the discussions on the current situation in foreign, security and defense policy.
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The situation in the Philippines: My plenary speech

The human rights situation in the Philippines has hardly changed since our last resolution in the European Parliament 17 months ago. The EU must act now! I laid out some options in my plenary speech.
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Annual report 2021 on human rights: my plenary speech

Human rights activists are still threatened, persecuted or even tortured and killed because of their work - this should not be the norm. More on this in my plenary speech.
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MEP Hannah Neumann with a number of Afghan women and MEPs Heidi Hautala and Maria Arena

"Afghan Women Days" - a special experience

A meeting with finalists of the Sakharov Prize, my workshop on "Solidarity with Afghan Women MEPs" and many touching moments: Read here what I experienced at the "Afghan Women Days" in the European Parliament.
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