Hearings

A committee is permitted to organise a hearing with experts, where this is considered essential to its work on a particular subject. Hearings can also be held jointly by two or more committees. Most committees organise regular hearings, as they allow them to hear from experts and hold discussions on the key issues. On this page you will find all the available information relating to committee hearings, including programmes and contributions from speakers.

Poster of the Public Hearing on the African Union and its human rights and democracy mechanisms - with a visual of the logo of the African Union

The Subcommittee on Human Rights, in association with the Committee on Development and the Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament, will hold a public hearing on the African Union and its human rights and democracy mechanisms. This part (Part I) of the hearing will focus on the views of the civil society organisations.

Human Rights

On 26 October 2022 the Subcommittee on Human Rights will hold a hearing to assess the human rights situation in Sahel following the series of (attempted) coups d’état, with the participation of Emanuela Claudia Del Re, EU special representative for the Sahel, Alioune Tine, UN independent expert on the human rights situation in Mali, and Daouda Diallo, Member of the People’s Coalition for the Sahel.

Human Rights

On 26 October the Subcommittee on Human Rights will hold a hearing on the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Human rights in Brazil

On 26 September the Subcommittee on Human Rights will hold a hearing on Protecting Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Brazil. The hearing will follow up Parliament's call for indigenous peoples' rights to be fully protected, including their land, territories and resources.

DROI

In association with the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America On 5 September DROI Members will hold a hearing on human rights violations by mining companies in Guatemala, with guest speakers: Luis Solano, Economist and investigative journalist; Carlos Choc, Local journalist from the Fenix mine area; Marlies Stappers, Executive director Impunity watch and Miguel Angel Galvez, Judge.

Second Annual Conference on the Global State of Human Rights

The European Parliament and the Global Campus of Human Rights will organise the second Annual Conference on the Global State of Human Rights on 15-16 July 2022 in Venice, Italy. This unique event will include keynote speakers, pannelists and moderators from diverse backgrounds, including Members of the European Parliament, academics from the Global Campus network, high officials from EU and other international organisations, national human rights bodies, civil society, human rights defenders

Human rights

The aim of the hearing is to engage in a debate with policy-makers and scholars on progress and challenges towards the universal abolition of the death penalty and to discuss how to strengthen strategies and international cooperation to this end. There is a clear overall trend on the declining use of the death penalty worldwide. However, large-scale executions and the resumptions of the application of the death penalty in certain countries are of great concern.

Human rights and AI

The increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) generates new challenges for human rights, with expressed concern about the unprecedented level of surveillance across the globe by state and private actors, which is incompatible with human rights. Human rights defenders and dissenters face particular risks that they will be targeted; on the other hand, AI can potentially offer at least some of them additional tools to defend human rights and democracy around the world.

DROI INTA

Jointly with the Committee on International Trade, the Subcommittee on Human Rights will hold a public hearing on human rights and trade nexus in the context of non-self-governing and occupied territories, on Wednesday 16 March. The debate will assess the implementation of international human rights law in non-self-governing and occupied territories, including how trade policy can support the promotion of human rights considering the specific situation of these territories.

High-Level Conference on the Global State of Human Rights

On 16 July 2021, the first Global State of Human Rights conference will take place at the Monastery of San Nicolò – Venice-Lido (Italy) and at the European Parliament (Brussels), to discuss the state of Human Rights in the world. This event, jointly organised by the Global Campus of Human Rights and the European Parliament, will gather MEPs, EU Commissioners, Nobel Peace Prize Recipients, Sakharov Prize Laureates, International organisations’ high representatives, academia and stakeholders.

DROI

Chaired by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights, co-chaired by the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries

DROI

Public hearing on authoritarianism and shrinking space for freedom of expression, press freedom and human rights defenders, with case studies on China, Egypt and Russia