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The next meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights will take place on Wednesday, 5 November from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. in meeting room PHS P4B001.
 
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.
 
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Human rights situation in Syria, Iraq and the neighbouring countries

Representatives of UNHCR, the Yezidi federation of Europe and other organizations debated on Monday afternoon 13 October with members of Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights the human rights situation of refugees and internally displaced persons in Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries. You can find more information on this hearing in the article published today.
 
You can watch the hearing as a recorded event via the link below.

   
Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014

The three finalists for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought as voted jointly on Tuesday, 7 October, by the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Development are Ukrainian movement EuroMaidan, Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege and Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus are the three finalists for this year's European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
 
 

   
 
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DROI 13-10-2014 - 12:29  

Representatives of UNHCR, the Yezidi federation of Europe and other organizations will assess the human rights situation in Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries, with a focus on refugees and internally displaced persons, with Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights on Monday at 16.30.

DEVE AFET DROI 07-10-2014 - 18:35  

Ukrainian movement EuroMaidan, Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege and Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus are the three finalists for this year's European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, as voted jointly on Tuesday by the Foreign Affairs and Development committees.

AFET DEVE DROI 19-09-2014 - 11:58  

Seven nominees for the European Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, chosen by political groups and groups of MEPs, will be presented at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Development committees and the Human Rights Subcommittee on 23 September, at 16:15.

Presentation and responsibilities
 
The Subcommittee on Human Rights is a subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Its responsibilities are described in Section 1(8) of Annex VI of the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament:
 
"issues concerning democracy, the rule of law, human rights, including the rights of minorities, in third countries and the principles of international law. In this context the committee is assisted by a subcommittee on human rights, which should ensure coherence between all the Union’s external policies and its human rights policy. 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."
 
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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.
 
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