Setting humanitarian action on a new course

The first ever World Humanitarian summit in Istanbul on the 23-24 May will be a decisive moment for the humanity, presenting an opportunity to initiate a substantial reform of the humanitarian aid system. This summit will not be a traditional …

Opening remarks to the Magnitsky Act – behind the scenes

Let me welcome you all to this exclusive preview of Andrei Nekrasov’s film “The Magnitsky Act – behind the scenes”. This event is my personal initiative as a member of the European Parliament. The story of the Russian lawyer Sergey...

Mexico’s six years of impunity has to end

After six years from the murder of Jyri Jaakkola and Bety Cariño in Oaxaca, Mexico is still surrounded by total impunity. On 27 April, 2010 the two human rights observers, Jyri from Finland and Bety from Mexico, participated in a …

Leyla Yunus’ release welcomed

The Greens/EFA group welcomed news that Azerbaijani human rights activists Leyla Yunus and Aris Yunusov have been released from prison. The Greens/EFA group nominated Leyla Yunus for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, for which she was among …

EU must engage for peaceful solution in Nagorno-Karabakh

The European Parliament debated the current crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday evening (12 April). In the context of the debate Green MEPs called for a renewed push to ensure a peaceful solution of the issue in the context of stalled …

No REFIT on consumers’ right to know!

The European Commission’s regulatory fitness and performance programme (REFIT) programme is meant “to make EU law simpler and to reduce regulatory costs”, making sure that EU legislation remains fit for purpose and delivers the results intended by EU...

Co-operation between EU and neighbours needed more than ever

The Euronest parliamentary assembly, bringing together MEPs and MPs from Eastern neighbourhood states, opened on Tuesday with a minute’s silence in tribute to those who lost their lives in the Brussels terrorist attacks earlier that day. Co-chairs Heidi Hautala and...

Due diligence needed to protect human rights

In the beginning of March I received sad and worrying news from Honduras. Berta Cáceres, an internationally acknowledged human rights activist, co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH), had been murdered. Gunmen had broken into her home...

EU must protect female refugees

Roughly 57 per cent of refugees now arriving to Europe are women and children, a trend which has been evident since the beginning of 2016.  These are the most vulnerable women in Europe. The EU must take appropriate actions to …

Access to documents is a fundamental right

Access to documents is a fundamental right in the European Union and is an important tool for citizens, journalists and civil society organisations to be able to seek and receive information from the EU institutions and to challenge excessive secrecy …

Leyla Yunus’s conditional release is a good step

Heidi Hautala, the chair of the Euronest delegation together with Sajjad Karim, the chair of the EU Azerbaijan delegation welcomed the conditional release of Leyla Yunus yesterday on 9 December 2015. The European Parliament has long insisted on the release...

EU must build on its successes in the fight against HIV/AIDS

For millions of people at risk of HIV infection, and those living with HIV/AIDS, the EU and its member states must continue to support life-saving projects and combat the aggressive conservative lobby against family planning, and sexual and reproductive health...

Estonia should not follow Finland’s cuts in development aid

Finland has been counted to reliable development partners and active contributors to global development processes within UN, World Bank and other international fora. Even if the levels of aid are not comparable to those of the other Nordic countries, Finland...

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