Parliamentary question - E-005697/2021Parliamentary question

Third country reprisals against human rights defenders in Europe

Question for written answer  E-005697/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Fabio Massimo Castaldo (NI), Heidi Hautala (Verts/ALE), David Lega (PPE), Ignazio Corrao (Verts/ALE), Fulvio Martusciello (PPE), Javier Nart (Renew), Francisco Guerreiro (Verts/ALE), Tiziana Beghin (NI), Ivan Štefanec (PPE), Eva Kaili (S&D), Salima Yenbou (Verts/ALE), Aurore Lalucq (S&D), Mario Furore (NI), Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (PPE), Liudas Mažylis (PPE), Olivier Chastel (Renew), Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D), Hannah Neumann (Verts/ALE)

Recent reports show that third country actors such as China, Iran, Russia and Turkey, either directly or through proxies, regularly engage in criminal activity in the EU, including unlawful surveillance, intimidation, threats, attacks and murders[1]. This poses a serious threat to those who have sought refuge in Europe and to the EU’s fundamental values and internal security.

Coordinated efforts are needed to investigate and prosecute these crimes and support the victims. The EU has a range of tools at its disposal and its role is of particular importance as the nature of these threats are such that no Member State, acting alone, can respond effectively.

Last updated: 10 January 2022
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