The next meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights will be held on Monday, 2 December 2013, from 15h00 to 18h30 in meeting room ASP 3G-3.
You can watch our meetings live online at the link below. Since there are limited possibilities for individuals to attend Subcommittee meetings visitors should register with the Secretariat by email five working days prior to the start of the meeting.
Representatives of NGOs as well as other organisations are requested to accede to the EU Transparency Register and follow the procedures therein for access to the European Parliament.
On 2 December in the afternoon DROI will hold an exchange of views on the human rights situation in China. The EU-China investment agreement will be looked at from a human rights angle and experts will also discuss China’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council.
2 December: Feedback on the DROI Chair's mission to Saudi Arabia
On 25 and 26 November, the DROI Chair visited Saudi Arabia based on an invitation from Dr Mohammed Al Isa, the Minister of Justice of Saudi Arabia. The objective of the visit was to continue discussions held with the Minister in April 2013 in Brussels on the situation of human rights and judicial reform. The two-day visit included meetings with the consultative Shura Council, Government Ministers, the National Human Rights Commission as well as civil society interlocutors working on issues related to human rights and women's rights in the country.
Responsibilities of the Subcommittee
The Subcommittee's main responsibilities are set out in Section I(5) of Annex VII of the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament:
'- issues concerning human rights, the protection of minorities and the promotion of democratic values in third countries: In this context the committee [on foreign affairs] is assisted by a subcommittee on human rights. Without prejudice to the relevant rules, members from other committees and bodies with responsibilities in this field shall be invited to attend the meetings of the subcommittee.'
Welcome to the webpage of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament which, since it was reconstituted in 2004, has become an important European platform for the defence of human rights worldwide.
The Subcommittee, also called DROI, organises hearings and discussions on all sorts of human rights issues. As a consequence of these debates, we adopt reports and resolutions, thus contributing to the international debate on subjects such as the death penalty, torture or the fight against impunity. Also, we try to react to human rights violations around the world as swiftly as possible by giving a voice to the most affected.
The Annual Human Rights report, which takes stock of the Human Rights situation in the world, is also drafted within DROI. Another highlight of our work is the yearly Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which is awarded each December to individuals or organisations fighting for human rights and fundamental freedoms. In 2013, we will celebrate its 25th anniversary.
On our website you can follow our meetings online and download all documents. Indeed, providing access to our work is vital as we appreciate input and up-to-date information from human rights defenders, citizens and NGOs.