Heidi handed over the Euronest co-presidency

“Today I was happy to hand over the Euronest co-presidency to my Green colleague Rebecca Harms who has a long experience in eastern partnership countries. I wish her best of success. All of the Eastern partnership countries are striving in …

Some progress in shareholders’ rights

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee has today approved the agreement with the Council on the revised directive on shareholders’ rights. The legislation aims to improve the long-term commitment of shareholders in listed companies and to strengthen the link between...

Defending sexual and reproductive rights in Europe

A study commissioned by Heidi, Opposition to sexual and reproductive rights in Europe, was published today to reveal the networks and identify the actors who are part of the anti-choice movement that is active in the EU. Sexual and reproductive...

EU must recognise Yazidi genocide

In a letter sent in April 2016, Heidi with over hundred colleagues of the European Parliament asked the high representative Federica Mogherini to recognise Daesh’s genocide against religious minorities, including the Yazidi. On 13 December, two Yazidis, Nadia Murad and...

Eastern partnership and economic development

I am very pleased to address you today on behalf of the Euronest parliamentary assembly and to present general views of our institution on economic and innovation issues. First, I would like to thank president Markkula for hosting the fourth …

Georgia’s achievements must be recognised

Georgia is one of the few bright lights among the countries of the Eastern partnership. It is all the more regrettable, therefore, that there has been a delay in agreeing the visa liberalisation regime between Georgia and the EU before …

Thailand should protect labour rights

Thailand recently convicted a British human rights activist Andy Hall for revealing serious human rights violations and illegal activities in a Thai pineapple processor Natural Fruit Company Ltd. Hall was sentenced to a three year suspended term of imprisonment for...

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...

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