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Human rights: Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Thailand

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations08-10-2015 - 12:30

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. (Read more: Human rights: Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Thailand )

 

Syria, Turkey, Kunduz bombing and Libya: MEPs call for greater EU engagement

Plenary Session External relations07-10-2015 - 12:39

The EU must do more to spur stability and security in Libya, MEPs said on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they demanded a full and independent investigation into the airstrikes against the hospital in Kunduz, called for more EU diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian conflict and warned against compromising human rights in cooperating with Turkey over the refugee crisis. (Read more: Syria, Turkey, Kunduz bombing and Libya: MEPs call for greater EU engagement )

 

Debate: MEPs discuss best approach to refugee crisis

Plenary Session Immigration / Asylum policy / Humanitarian aid06-10-2015 - 11:47
EP plenary debate on EU summit & refugee crisis with EC Presidnet Juncker and CE President Tusk  

MEPs urged member states to do more to tackle the refugee crisis during a debate on migration on Tuesday. The debate was on the conclusions of the informal European Council on 23 September when national governments agreed to increase funding and support to EU countries looking after the Union's external borders as well as to neighbouring countries and agencies dealing with Syrian refugees. Most MEPs also supported the European Commission proposal to address the crisis. (Read more: Debate: MEPs discuss best approach to refugee crisis )

 
Debate with Deputy Speaker of Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Assembly, Mohammed bin Amin Al-Jefri, in AFET  

Parliament's foreign affairs committee held an exchange of views with Mohammed bin Amin Al-Jefri, Deputy Speaker of the Majlis Al-Shura, the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia in Brussels on Monday 28 September. The situation in Saudi Arabia and the region as well as the migration crisis centring on Syria and relations between the kingdom and the European Union were discussed. (Read more: Mohammed bin Amin Al-Jefri discusses Syrian refugees with foreign affairs MEPs )

 

Development summit: how to translate ambitious goals into concrete proposals

Others Development and cooperation25-09-2015 - 10:42
Flags of nations in front of the UN HQ in New York ©UN Photo/JC McIlwaine  

World leaders are set to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals during the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York on 25-27 September. A delegation from Parliament’s Development committee will attend to discuss with a broad range of officials, experts and stakeholders how these goals should then be concretely translated into EU and national policies. (Read more: Development summit: how to translate ambitious goals into concrete proposals )

 

Refugee crisis: present and future EU military operations in the Mediterranean

Others Justice and home affairs / Security and defence23-09-2015 - 12:27
Infrared image of vessel on surveillance eqquipment © European Union 2015 - Frontex  

The EU military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean is about to enter its next phase. After gathering intelligence and setting up the structure, the operation will now focus on arresting traffickers and disabling smugglers vessel. The details of the operation were discussed by MEPs during a meeting of the security and defence subcommittee on 22 September. (Read more: Refugee crisis: present and future EU military operations in the Mediterranean )

 

Anti-torture rules: Trade MEPs call for bans on goods marketing and EU transit

INTA External/international trade22-09-2015 - 15:01
Strengthen EU “Anti-torture” rules ©AP Images/European Parliament  

Goods or substances that may be misused for torture or execution should not be promoted for export, so as to prevent their spread, said the International Trade Committee, voting on Tuesday to strengthen EU “Anti-torture” rules. MEPs want to widen today’s EU ban to include services, e.g. marketing in expos or online catalogues, but also finance, transport and insurance. They also want to ban transit of prohibited goods via the EU and add a “catch-all” clause to allow checks on dubious new ones. (Read more: Anti-torture rules: Trade MEPs call for bans on goods marketing and EU transit )

 

Migration and refugee crisis: MEPs’ debate with UNHCR Guterres and EU Commission

LIBE DROI AFET Human rights / Asylum policy / Humanitarian aid15-09-2015 - 14:30

Measures to deal with the migration and refugee crisis as well as the situation in transit countries in the Mediterranean region were debated at a joint hearing held by the Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Human Rights committees on Tuesday morning. MEPs expressed disappointment at the outcome of Monday’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting and urged EU to shoulder its responsibilities. (Read more: Migration and refugee crisis: MEPs’ debate with UNHCR Guterres and EU Commission )

 

MEPs press the EU to come up with a bold peace initiative for the Middle East

Plenary Session External relations10-09-2015 - 12:51

Parliament called on Thursday for a fresh EU approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The EU must fulfil its responsibilities as an influential player and take a bold and comprehensive peace initiative for the region, MEPs said, regretting the lack of a comprehensive and coherent vision of the EU's engagement in the Middle East Peace Process, despite its ambitions there. (Read more: MEPs press the EU to come up with a bold peace initiative for the Middle East )

 

Human rights: Russia, Azerbaijan and Angola

Plenary Session Development and cooperation / External relations10-09-2015 - 12:46

MEPs urge Russia to release the Estonian Eston Kohver, and Ukrainians Oleg Sentsov, Nadiya Savchenko and Olexandr Kolchenko condemning the "blatant violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Estonia". In three resolutions adopted on Thursday they also call for the release of all political prisoners in Azerbaijan and express concerns at the human rights situation in Angola. (Read more: Human rights: Russia, Azerbaijan and Angola )