Statement on Euronest parliamentary assembly and Azerbaijan

We welcome the outcome of the meetings held on 19-21 September 2016 in Baku between the European parliament delegation and the highest officials of Azerbaijan, including President Aliyev, Speaker Asadov and MP Samad Seyidov, as well as important government’s representatives;...

MEPs appeal against execution of Bangladeshi political leader

In their letter to the Bangladesh’s prime minister Hasina, the signatory MEPs expressed their concern of an unlawful procedures of Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal (ICT). The court has been set up to try and punish persons accused of committing atrocities,...

MEPs demand Putin to release Tatar leader Umerov

Heidi, among a group of MEPs wrote a letter to the Russian president Putin urging for immediate release of Ilmi Umerov, deputy head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars. . Umerov has been a traget of politically motivated prosecution and was …

Appeal to include caste discrimination to EU agenda

We urged the high representative Mogherini to take caste discrimination to the agenda of EU foreign policy. “Caste discrimination affects as many as 260 million people and causes unimaginable suffering. We are deeply concerned with the serious human rights violations...

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...

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