The next meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights will be held on Wednesday, 19 March 2014, from 09h00 to 12h30 and from 15h00 to 18h30 and on Thursday, 20 March from 09h00 to 12h30 in meeting room ASP 1G-3.
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.
Accountability and impunity in Ukraine - Lessons from Euromaiden
The Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the recent events in Ukraine, with the participation of activists and civil society representatives focusing on human rights violations and aspects related to accountability and impunity.
Wednesday, 19 March in the afternoon, ASP 1G3
Exchange of views with Margaret Sekaggya, UN SR on human rights defenders
Margaret Sekaggya, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, will present UN initiatives on human rights defenders (HRDs). Implementation of the EU Guidelines on HRDs and the EU mechanism on HRDs will also be discussed with representatives from the EEAS and the European Commission.
Wednesday, 19 March from 3 – 4 p.m., ASP 1G3
Human rights in Mexico
Representatives of three Mexican human rights NGOs will be informing the Subcommittee on a number of human rights issues as well as on the recent EU-Mexico civil society seminar. Mr Daniel Joloy from Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, will be speaking on security and trafficking and organised crime; Ms Maria Luisa Aguilar Rodríguez from the Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan will be speaking on Business and Human Rights, and Ms Zulma Méndez from the Red Mesa de Mujeres de Ciudad Juárez will take the floor on Women and Human Rights.
Wednesday, 19 March in the morning, ASP 1G3
Business and human rights - Corporate Social Responsibility
H.E. Luis Gallegos Chiriboga, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United Nations, will discuss Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the possibility of a binding instrument in the field of human rights and transnational enterprises. Business and human rights expert, Beata Faracik, will also speak.
A hearing on "sport and human rights, focussing on the situation of migrant workers in Qatar" preparing for the 2022 football world cup will be held by the Human Rights Subcommittee on Thursday February 13, from 9.00 to 10.30.
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.