Press releases

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The award ceremony for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, conferred upon the Belarusian democratic opposition, will be held on 16 December.

The tense political and human rights situation in Belarus will be discussed by Members on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Subcommittee on Human Rights on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Statement by Maria Arena, Chair of Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights, on the health situation of the Cuban human rights defenders and members of the San Isidro movement.

Statement by leading MEPs on the recent arrests of staff members working for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).

Members demand more effective campaigning by the EU to urgently address the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh and other arbitrarily detained human rights defenders with the Iranian authorities.

MEPs and experts discussed the latest developments in Belarus, including possible international legal paths to bring regime officials guilty of human rights violations to justice, on Friday.

The democratic opposition in Belarus, Guapinol activists and Berta Cáceres, and the Archbishop of Mosul were shortlisted for the 2020 Sakharov Prize on Monday.

Parliament’s Conference of Presidents decided on Thursday to formally suspend Sakharov Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from the Sakharov Prize Community.

German Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

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Ministers are outlining the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings.

MEPs express their deep concern over the death threats made against the Congolese human rights defender Dr. Denis Mukwege and calls for all measures to be taken to ensure his security.