MEPs passed four resolutions on Thursday: urging Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and calling for a moratorium on the death penalty; demanding measures to starve Boko Haram in Nigeria of its sources of illegal income; expressing fears of civil war in Central African Republic; and deploring human rights abuses in Thailand following the coup of May 2014.
Measures to deal with the migration and refugee crisis as well as the situation in transit countries in the Mediterranean region were debated at a joint hearing held by the Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Human Rights committees on Tuesday morning. MEPs expressed disappointment at the outcome of Monday’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting and urged EU to shoulder its responsibilities. (Read more)
Welcome to the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) of the European Parliament.
The Subcommittee's main responsibilities include all matters relating to human rights, the protection of minorities and the promotion of democratic values while its geographical remit covers countries outside the EU.
DROI's main objectives involve ensuring that human rights are at the forefront of European foreign policy and mainstreaming human rights across all policy areas.
One highlight of our work is the annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which is awarded to individuals/organisations fighting for human rights. We also aim to react to human rights violations around the world as swiftly as possible by giving a voice to the people most affected.
We very much welcome and make use of input and up-to-date information from human rights defenders, citizens and NGOs. Our meetings are webstreamed and can be watched online. For the time being (draft) reports, amendments or opinions drawn up by DROI are only accessible via the website of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) as the final vote takes place in AFET.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @EP_HumanRights.