MEPs passed four resolutions on Thursday: urging Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and calling for a moratorium on the death penalty; demanding measures to starve Boko Haram in Nigeria of its sources of illegal income; expressing fears of civil war in Central African Republic; and deploring human rights abuses in Thailand following the coup of May 2014.
In four separate resolutions MEPs call for the withdrawal of the Cambodian government's law on NGOs and trade unions, the release of Yves Makwambala and Fred Bauma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the release of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain, and the release of two Christian pastors detained in Sudan, Michael Yat and Peter Yen Reith.
MEPs state their concern at the high number of child pregnancies in Paraguay,calling for "access to safe and legal abortion" when the health and life of women or girls are in danger, "where there is severe foetal impairment and in cases of rape and incest". In separate resolutions they also call for the protection of the Palmyra site and draw attention to the situation of children in Nepal.
Human rights: Tanzania; attacks by Da'eshin the Middle East; South Sudan
Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday during the March plenary session : strongly condemning the practice of land grabbing in Tanzania; asking member states to take proactive action to counter the expansion of Da'esh beyond Syria and Iraq; and calling on all sides in South Sudan to form a transitional government of national unity.