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The next meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights will take place on Wednesday, 21 January 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and on Thursday, 22 January 2015from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in meeting room ASP A3G-2.
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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Press release by Elena Valenciano on the Taliban attack on children in Peshawar

“Taliban attack on children in a school in Peshawar is an inhumane act that can have no justification and must be universally condemned”
Elena Valenciano, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights in the European Parliament, on the Taliban attack on the school in Peshawar:
"On behalf of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, I wish to express our horror over the brutal attack by the Taliban at the school in Peshawar. This kind of abominable attack on children is an inhumane act that can have no justification and must be universally condemned. It shows the worst face of humankind."
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The EU's new Action Plan on human rights

Elena Valenciano, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights addressed a letter to the EU's High Representative Federica Mogherini, stressing the need for the EU to adopt a "new ambitious and strategically designed Action Plan" on human rights remaining equally ambitious in addressing emerging challenges.
For further information please see the links below.

Non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI

A Joint Conference on Fundamental Rights, non-discrimination and the protection of vulnerable groups, including LGBTI was organised by the European Parliament, the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission and took place on 21 November 2014 in Tirana, Albania.
Please find the conclusions of the Conference in the link below.

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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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