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Human rights: H. Hichilema in Zambia, Dr Gudina in Ethiopia, South Sudan

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations18-05-2017 - 12:18

The European Parliament expresses concern about arrests of opposition leaders in Zambia and Ethiopia and calls for an end to the war in South Sudan, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: H. Hichilema in Zambia, Dr Gudina in Ethiopia, South Sudan )

 

Textile imports: MEPs push for EU rules to curb worker exploitation

Plenary Session Development and cooperation27-04-2017 - 13:07
An industrial size textile factory ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

EU rules are needed to oblige textile and clothing suppliers to respect workers’ rights, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. (Read more: Textile imports: MEPs push for EU rules to curb worker exploitation )

 

EU plan to tackle root causes of migration should focus on the poor, MEPs say

AFET BUDG DEVE Development and cooperation / External relations / Budget24-04-2017 - 18:48

An EU scheme to mobilise €44 billion in private sector investment in Africa and the EU’s neighbourhood should focus on the poor, said committee MEPs on Monday. (Read more: EU plan to tackle root causes of migration should focus on the poor, MEPs say )

 

Migration: the answer needs to be global

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations05-04-2017 - 13:18

Multilateral measures are urgently needed to manage the unprecedented numbers of migrants on the move worldwide, and not least to halt migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, MEPs urge in a resolution voted on Wednesday. (Read more: Migration: the answer needs to be global )

 

Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes

Others Development and cooperation23-03-2017 - 11:54
 

More than 1,100 workers were killed and 2,500 injured when a building housing several clothes workshops collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, nearly four year ago. The tragedy drew attention to working conditions in the sector. On 27 April MEPs adopted a resolution calling for new legislation to ensure that the clothes and textiles we buy are not produced at the expense of the workers. Watch our video to find out more. (Read more: Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes )

 

Textile imports: development MEPs call for rules to curb worker exploitation

DEVE Development and cooperation21-03-2017 - 10:00
Relatives of Rana Plaza victims hold photos of their loved ones. A year ago this week, more than 1,100 factory workers died when the eight-story Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed into a heap of bricks and fabric bolts. @Rohat Ali Rajib  

The EU Commission should propose rules obliging all players in the textile and clothing industry supply chain to respect the labour and human rights of their workers, say Development Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They also advocate introducing EU tariff preferences and labels for sustainably-produced textiles. (Read more: Textile imports: development MEPs call for rules to curb worker exploitation )

 

Human rights: Zimbabwe, Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, and Philippines

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations16-03-2017 - 12:15

Parliament deplores the arrest of Pastor Evan Mawarire and political violence against human rights defenders in Zimbabwe, calls for the release of Ukrainians illegally detained in Russia and urges the Philippines to release human rights advocate Senator Leila M. De Lima, detained on drug-trafficking charges, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Zimbabwe, Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, and Philippines )

 

Foreign Affairs and Development MEPs deeply concerned about “US travel ban”

AFET DEVE DROI Development and cooperation / External relations31-01-2017 - 18:15

The US administration’s ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority states entering the country could "seriously undermine current global efforts towards a fair international sharing of responsibilities for refugees", said Development and Foreign Affairs MEPs in a joint resolution voted on Tuesday. (Read more: Foreign Affairs and Development MEPs deeply concerned about “US travel ban” )

 

MEPs set priorities for a new impetus in development

DEVE Development and cooperation25-01-2017 - 10:01

The EU’s development policy needs new impetus to tackle new climate change, migration and security challenges, Development Committee MEPs say in a resolution voted on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs set priorities for a new impetus in development )

 

Human rights: Indonesia, Central African Republic and Burundi

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations19-01-2017 - 12:27

Parliament condemns growing intolerance towards ethnic, religious and sexual minorities in Indonesia, attacks against peacekeepers in Central African Republic and breaches of human rights in Burundi, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Indonesia, Central African Republic and Burundi )