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Child marriages: MEPs discuss how to put an end to this scourge

Others Human rights12-04-2017 - 12:00
Mauritania/Malian refugee/ Fati, 13, poses for a picture in Mbera refugee camp, 50 km away from the Mali border, on Wednesday 13/02/13. Fati arrived to the camp in October 2012, when she was six months pregnant along with her husband. Few weeks after their arrival, her husband left for Nouakchott, Mauritania's capital, to look for a job. UNHCR staff observed several cases of child marriages and forced marriages in the camp. This category needs additional support and protection. ©UNHCR/B.Malum  

One in every three girls in developing countries is married before turning 18, and one in nine before 15. Child marriages limit future prospects as children are usually forced to drop out of school. Girls also face dangerous complications from pregnancy and childbirth, the leading causes of death among adolescent girls in developing countries. They are also at great risk from suffering abuse. On 11 April Parliament's women's rights and human rights subcommittee discussed the issue with experts. (Read more: Child marriages: MEPs discuss how to put an end to this scourge )

 

Missing refugee children: MEPs call for better protection

Plenary Session Human rights / Fundamental rights / Immigration01-03-2017 - 19:45
A children playing in a refugee camp ©UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis  

MEPs called for safe environments for unaccompanied refugee children, including immediate appointment of guardians, hotlines and increased cross-border cooperation, in Wednesday’s debate with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on the disappearance of migrant children in Europe. (Read more: Missing refugee children: MEPs call for better protection )

 

Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, railways, fundamental rights in the EU

Plenary Session Institutions / Human rights / Transport16-12-2016 - 09:00
 

Islamic State survivors and Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, received Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought at the December plenary which was also the last one to be fully presided over by Martin Schulz. MEPs adopted a report on fundamental rights in the EU and updated Parliament's internal rules to improve procedures and transparency. Read about these and other subjects in our article. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, railways, fundamental rights in the EU )

 

Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar receive Sakharov Prize

Plenary Session Human rights13-12-2016 - 13:31
Lamiya Aji Bashar receiving the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in Strasbourg, 13 December 2016  

Islamic State survivors and Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar received today Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The two women were honoured by Parliament for standing up for the persecuted Yazidi minority and the victims of sexual violence by Islamic State. “More than 3,500 children and women are still held hostage as slaves under Daesh. Every day they die a thousand times,” Aji Bashar said in her acceptance speech. (Read more: Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar receive Sakharov Prize )

 

Sakharov Prize: Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar to receive this year's award

Plenary Session Institutions / Human rights13-12-2016 - 09:07
 

Iraqi Yazidi Islamic State survivors and activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar receive Parliament’s 2016 Sakharov Prize during a ceremony in Strasbourg on Tuesday 13 December. After escaping sexual enslavement by Islamic State they both became spokespeople for women affected by the terrorist group's campaign of sexual violence and for the persecuted Yazidi minority. Find out more about their fight by watching our video and follow the ceremony live online. (Read more: Sakharov Prize: Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar to receive this year's award )

 

EU-Turkey relations: “We are entering a new phase”

Others Human rights / Asylum policy29-11-2016 - 10:41
Turkey-EU ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

More than 10 years after EU-Turkey accession talks started, MEPs adopted a resolution on 24 November calling for the negotiations to be suspended until the Turkish government ended its disproportionate and repressive response to July's failed coup. Ankara replied by threatening to let thousands of migrants pass through to Europe. Greek EPP member Manolis Kefalogiannis, head of Parliament’s delegation to Turkey, commented: “We are entering a new phase in EU-Turkey relations”. (Read more: EU-Turkey relations: “We are entering a new phase” )

 

The EU should do more to protect independent journalists and bloggers and human rights defenders, say MEPs in their report on the state of human rights in the world in 2015, approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday. Members point out that the "universality of human rights is seriously being challenged in many parts of the world" and say the EU "should ensure coherence between its internal and external policies with regard to respect for human rights". (Read more: Human rights in the world: 2015 annual report voted in Foreign Affairs Committee )

 

Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar winners of 2016 Sakharov Prize

Others Institutions / Human rights27-10-2016 - 12:31
Murad-Bashar ©AP Images/ European Union-EP & ©Enric Vives-Rubio/Público  

Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar are this year's joint laureates of the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, following a decision by Parliament President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders on 27 October. The Sakharov award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 13 December. (Read more: Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar winners of 2016 Sakharov Prize )

 

EU rules needed to ensure firms respect human rights abroad, say MEPs

Plenary Session Human rights / External relations25-10-2016 - 13:33

Clear rules requiring EU firms to respect human rights in all their global operations must be laid down and enforced, urge MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Clauses on corporate liability for human rights violations should be included in EU trade and investment agreements, they add. MEPs also advocate creating a certified “abuse-free” product label at EU level. (Read more: EU rules needed to ensure firms respect human rights abroad, say MEPs )

 

Human trafficking: more than 20 million victims worldwide

Others Human rights18-10-2016 - 15:55
infographic illustration  

More than 20 million people living today around the world have been trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced labour and other activities across the world, generating a profit of €117 billion a year. It is also a very lucrative crime in Europe. On the occasion of the EU's Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October, check out the facts in our infographic and discover what the EU and Parliament have been doing to tackle human trafficking. (Read more: Human trafficking: more than 20 million victims worldwide )