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First visit to the US-Mexico border by Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights

MEPs call on the US administration to respect international law and US federal law on protecting asylum seekers, who must not, by any means, be criminalised.

The delegation visited El Paso (Texas, USA), Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua, Mexico) and Washington D.C. from 24 to 28 February to assess the human rights situation of migrants and refugees at the US-Mexico border. This was a follow up to the European Parliament's urgency resolution adopted on 18 July 2019.

‘‘L’acharnement judiciaire dont est victime Karim Tabbou est incompréhensible’’

Déclaration conjointe de Maria Arena, présidente de la sous-commission des droits de l'homme, et d'Andrea Cozzolino, président de la délégation pour les relations avec les pays du Maghreb.

"La condamnation de Karim Tabbou en appel hier, et en l'absence de ses avocats, va à l'encontre de son droit à un procès équitable dont il bénéficie en vertu du droit algérien ainsi que des conventions internationales ratifiées par l'Algérie."

Maria Arena expresses her condolences at the death of Abdullah al-Hamid

Following the death of prominent Saudi human rights defender Abdullah al-Hamid in prison, Subcommittee on Human Rights Chair Maria Arena (S&D, BE) stated:

"I am shocked to hear that one of Saudi Arabia's leading human rights voices has passed away in prison at the age of 69, while serving an 11-year prison sentence. Professor al-Hamid was a pioneer in advocating for Saudi Arabia to recognise the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and for reforms leading towards the establishment of the rule of law, including accountable institutions. He dedicated his whole life to fighting against harmful practices and to protecting all those defending basic rights and freedoms in his country.

Statement on the detention of Guillermo Fariñas

In light of the detention of Sakharov Prize laureate Guillermo Fariñas in Cuba, Parliament Vice-President Heidi Hautala and the Chair of the Human Rights Subcommittee Maria Arena stated: "We learned with deep consternation that the Cuban authorities have arrested 2010 Sakharov Prize laureate Guillermo Fariñas and are detaining him in an unknown location. He was preparing to come to Brussels, invited by the European Parliament, to participate in a meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights.

We urge the Cuban authorities to ensure Guillermo Fariñas' fundamental rights and allow him to travel to Europe."

Chair’s statement: the alleged Saudi hacking of Jeffrey Bezos’ mobile phone

Statement by Maria Arena, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. Reacting to UN experts' call for an investigation into allegations that the Saudi Crown Prince was involved in surveillance of The Washington Post owner and Amazon CEO, Jeffrey Bezos, the Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights Maria Arena stated: "I am astonished by the alleged Saudi hacking of Mr Bezos' mobile phone, as revealed by UN human rights experts..."

EP Subcommittee on Human Rights: Chair’s statement on the situation in Myanmar

Following the International Court of Justices' decision to order Myanmar to take all measures in its power to protect the Rohingya minority from genocide, Maria Arena stated: "Thousands of Rohingya people have been killed or subjected to horrific violence over the past years. This decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) underscores the paramount importance of guaranteeing universal and equal enjoyment of human rights, with special attention to the most vulnerable...."

Chair’s statement: International Human Rights Day

Statement by the Chair of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights, Maria Arena, on International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

"2019 was marked by waves of protests, often expressed peacefully, in Algeria, Chile, Hong Kong, Iraq, Lebanon and Sudan. These movements show how relevant the Universal Declaration of Human Rights still is decades after its adoption by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948..."

Human rights in the world: continued violations of democratic principles

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs express their deep concern over the unremitting attacks on democracy and shrinking space for civil society worldwide, in a resolution adopted on Wednesday.

In their annual resolution assessing the situation for human rights in the world, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs denounce the ongoing pushback against multilateralism and the rule-based international order that continues to pose a serious challenge to human rights.

Violence against women is an affront to human dignity

Statement by Maria Arena, Chair of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights, to mark the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November.

"Violence against women and girls (VAWG) remains one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today but it is still largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. It is therefore of the utmost importance that states collect and utilize data on violence against women, as is prescribed by law. This is a key pillar of the strategy to counter violence against women.

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