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Next DROI meeting

The next meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights will take place on Wednesday, 3 December 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and on Thursday, 4 December 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in meeting room ASP A3G3.
On Monday evening, 24 November in Strasbourg AFET/DEVE/DROI will hold a joint extraordinary meeting in order to have an exchange of views with the 2014 Sakharov Prize laureate, Denis Mukwege.  The meeting will begin at 7.00 p.m. in meeting room LOW N1.4
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 and the situation of minorities in Ukraine - 4 December

On 4 December DROI will debate the human rights and the situation of minorities in Ukraine, with a special focus on Crimea.
The hearing will pay particular attention to the situation of the Crimean Tatar community and address emerging human rights priorities in the South Eastern part of Ukraine.
Where: ASP 3G3
When: 9.00 - 10.30

Challenges to freedom of expression and democracy in Hong Kong - 3 December

On 3 December DROI will hold a hearing on the challenges to freedom of expression and democracy in Hong Kong in the light of recent events.  The debate will provide members the opportunity to assess the state of freedom of expression and human rights in Hong Kong and the EU's stance on the issue.
Speakers will include Mr Yuk Kai Law, Director, Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor
Where: ASP 3G3
When: 9.00 - 10.30

Children, Not Soldiers - 3 December

The Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) together with the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) will hold a joint hearing "Children, Not Soldiers - How to better protect children in armed conflicts" on 3 December. It takes place in the context of the 25 anniversary the Convention of the Rights of the Child. The aim of the global campaign #ChildrenNotSoldiers is to end child recruitment by security forces by 2016, an objective which is fully supported by the European Parliament.
Where: ASP 3G3
When: 15.00 - 17.00

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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