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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. Parliament's development committee has adopted a report 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 )

 

ACP-EU :"Zero immigration has never existed and never will"

Others Institutions / Development and cooperation / External relations19-12-2016 - 16:07

"The history of humanity is the history of migrations. Zero migration has never existed, and it never will”, said Louis Michel (ALDE, BE), EU Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) at the opening of its 32nd session, in Nairobi (Kenya) on Monday. “We must manage migration flows in a human way, in line with our values. Fortress Europe is not working”, he added. (Read more: ACP-EU :"Zero immigration has never existed and never will" )

 

Human rights: Buddhism in Tibet, Rohingya in Myanmar, mass graves in Iraq

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations15-12-2016 - 12:23

The European Parliament condemns the demolition of the Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Academy, the imprisonment of scholar Ilham Tohti by Chinese authorities and the persecution of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, while urging the protection of mass graves in Iraq, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Buddhism in Tibet, Rohingya in Myanmar, mass graves in Iraq )

 

Emergency Lessons: the importance of educating children in emergency situations

Others Development and cooperation / Education07-12-2016 - 15:41
01) #EmergencyLessons EU-Unicef project  

Some 462 million children live in countries affected by war or national disasters and about 75 million of them need educational support. The EU and Unicef launched the Emergency Lessons campaign this year to highlight the importance of education for children affected by emergencies. On 6 December children, teachers and volunteers visited the Parliament in Brussels to talk about their experiences. (Read more: Emergency Lessons: the importance of educating children in emergency situations )

 

UN Syria envoy: “I cannot say how long eastern Aleppo will last”

Others Development and cooperation / External relations30-11-2016 - 16:13
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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has warned MEPs that Aleppo's besieged eastern part could be obliterated by Christmas. After six years of war, the suffering of civilians in Syria continues unabated and in recent days more than 50,000 people have fled eastern areas of Syria’s second city as government forces advance. In an interview following his meeting yesterday with Parliament’s foreign affairs and development committees, the UN envoy spoke of the need for a political solution. (Read more: UN Syria envoy: “I cannot say how long eastern Aleppo will last” )