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MEPs want EU to step up its peace-building efforts in Syria

Plenary Session External relations18-05-2017 - 13:06

Only a political process led by the different Syrian groups and supported by the UN could end a war in Syria and the EU should take a more active role. (Read more: MEPs want EU to step up its peace-building efforts in Syria )

 

Persecution of gay men in Chechnya: MEPs call for urgent investigation

Plenary Session External relations18-05-2017 - 12:44

Chechen authorities must end the persecution of gay men and an investigation must be held as a matter of urgency, MEPs said on Thursday. (Read more: Persecution of gay men in Chechnya: MEPs call for urgent investigation )

 

The two-state solution is the only way to peace in the Middle East, say MEPs

Plenary Session External relations18-05-2017 - 12:38

The construction and expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank must stop to allow prospects for a viable two-state solution, urge MEPs. (Read more: The two-state solution is the only way to peace in the Middle East, say MEPs )

 

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 )

 

Day against Homophobia: MEPs debate LGBTI human rights violations in Chechnya

Plenary Session Women's rights/Equal opportunities / Fundamental rights / External relations16-05-2017 - 17:48
 

The International Day against Homophobia is marked every 17 May to raise awareness about the importance of non- discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. To mark the occasion, MEPs discussed on 16 May reports by independent Russian media and human rights organisations alleging atrocities against homosexual men in Chechnya. They also adopted a resolution on it on 18 May. (Read more: Day against Homophobia: MEPs debate LGBTI human rights violations in Chechnya )

 

Tunisian week: a stronger EU- Tunisia partnership

Others External relations04-05-2017 - 15:17

"Cooperation between our two parliaments has emerged stronger from this Tunisian week", said European Parliament Vice-President David-Maria Sassoli as the event closed on Thursday. "We must now give concrete form to the shared experiences and good practices, to benefit all our citizens", he added. (Read more: Tunisian week: a stronger EU- Tunisia partnership )

 

MEPs call for EU rules on private security companies

SEDE AFET External relations / Security and defence03-05-2017 - 10:36

Private security companies must respect minimum requirements on accountability, the screening of staff and reporting on misconduct, while staying away from tasks usually reserved for the military said committee MEPs on Tuesday. (Read more: MEPs call for EU rules on private security companies )

 

New beginnings: reassessing EU-Turkey relations

Plenary Session External relations27-04-2017 - 15:02
 

From trade to Nato, the EU and Turkey have enjoyed a productive relationship in many domains for decades. However, recently relations have turned frosty as concerns mount over the state of democracy in the country with media outlets being closed and journalists being jailed. MEPs also keep a close eye on developments and wonder if it may not be time to rethink how the EU cooperates with Turkey. Read on for an overview of the options. (Read more: New beginnings: reassessing EU-Turkey relations )

 

EP urges Venezuela to restore democratic order and free all political prisoners

Plenary Session External relations27-04-2017 - 13:57

Venezuela’s government must ensure the full restoration of the democratic order and immediately release all political prisoners, urged Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: EP urges Venezuela to restore democratic order and free all political prisoners )

 

MEPs advocate reviewing EU - Turkey relations and suspending EU accession talks

Plenary Session External relations26-04-2017 - 20:13

Europe is not closing the door to Turkey, but recent developments prompt it to look for alternatives to Turkey’s accession to the EU, said MEPs in a debate with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs advocate reviewing EU - Turkey relations and suspending EU accession talks )