The attacks against Memorial and its staff must stop

European Parliament adopted on 8 February a resolution calling for an immediate release of the Director of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in the Chechen Republic, Mr Oyub Titiev, who was detained on 9 January 2018 and subsequently indicted on …...

Libya: Slavery may amount to crimes against humanity

In October, carrying concealed cameras, a group of CNN reporters witnessed and recorded a dozen men being auctioned outside Tripoli, in Libya. Sold for the equivalent of several hundreds of dollars, the men appeared so traumatised they could not speak. …...

Attempts to militarise EU’s development policy stride forward

Four MEPs, Heidi Hautala (Greens/EFA), Paavo Väyrynen (ALDE), Lola Sanchez-Caldentey (GUE/NGL) and Ignazio Corrao (Five Stars) call for taking a clear stance against a dangerous development of militarising EU’s development cooperation. The European Parliament’s Development Committee voted today in favour …...

ECJ ruling will change the way future deals are made

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has today ruled that the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement is a matter of mixed competence, requiring the ratification of Member States to come into force. The ruling will have major implications for future EU …...

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 …...

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