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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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Addressing the human rights impact of land grabbing

On 5 November DROI will hold an exchange of views based on a study "Addressing the human rights impact of landgrabbing"
The study, which focuses on large-scale land deals for agriculture in low and middle-income countries, will be presented by its author Lorenzo Cotula. Besides the positive role of these large-scale investments many human rights challenges still remain to be addressed, including the protection of land rights defenders.
Where: PHS 4B001
When: 16.30 – 17.30

Human Rights in the Western Balkans

In association with following delegations:
Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee; Delegation to the EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee; Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo; Delegation to the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee; Delegation to the EU-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee
On Wednesday, 5 November, DROI will hold a hearing on human rights in the Western Balkans (with progress reports and focus on the rule of law, implementation of legal frameworks and access to justice).
Speakers will include Mr Simon Mordue, DG Enlargement, European Commission; Ms Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society European Policy Institute; Ms Tea Gorjanc-Prelević, Director, Human Rights Action NGO, Montenegro
Where: PHS 4B001
When: 15.00 - 16.30

Also on the agenda of 5 November

  • Follow-up by EEAS on EP urgency resolutions;
  • First exchange of views on the draft report on the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2013 and the European Union's policy on the matter

Denis Mukwege, laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014

Denis Mukwege is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014, following Tuesday's decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders.  Mukwege will be invited to Strasbourg on 26 November to receive the award during the plenary session.

Announcing Mukwege as the 2014 laureate, President Schulz said: "The Conference of Presidents decided unanimously to award Dr Denis Mukwege from Democratic Republic of Congo the Sakharov Prize for his fight for protection especially of women."
In many armed conflicts around the world, rape is used as a weapon of war, but Mukwege decided to help victims in his country. The 59-year-old gynaecologist founded the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu in 1998, when a war took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where today he still treats victims of sexual violence who have sustained serious injuries.

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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.

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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