The next DROI meeting will be held on Wednesday, 19 June from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and on Thursday, 20 June from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in meeting room ASP 5G-3.
The meetings of the Subcommittee on Human Rights are open to the public. However, for security reasons, participants must obtain an access badge in advance. Requests for access passes must be sent 3 working days before the start of the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org
On 19 June at 3 p.m. the Subcommittee on Human Rights will hold an exchange of views with President Schulz.The President will brief Members of the Subcommittee about the activities undertaken in the field of human rights, including his latest visits in third countries. The exchange of views is also an opportunity to assess the EU Human Rights Strategy and Action Plan one year after their adoption.
Ambassador Robert R. King, US Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights Issues
On 19 June in the afternoon DROI will hold an exchange of views with Ambassador King, following the decision of UN HRC to establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate violations of human rights in the DPRK.
Legislative aspects of media freedom in Western Balkans and Turkey
On 19 June DROI Members will debate with experts and Parliamentarians from Western Balkans and Turkey, the legislative aspects of media freedom, the state of play and possible measures to be taken. Media freedom is one of the main preconditions for the fulfilment of political criteria for EU accession. The exchange of views should contribute to the Speak up! 2 Conference, organised by DG Enlargement, European Commission, to be held the following day, and which will be dealing with media freedom in enlargement countries.
The human rights situation in Russia is worsening, a member of the feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot told a Human Rights Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.
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.