Protecting Women’s Rights

MEPs have condemned the setback to women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Poland and stress the EU’s legal obligation to uphold and protect them. In a resolution adopted with 455 votes to 145 and 71 abstentions, Parliament says that the ruling of 22 October by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal to make abortion illegal in cases involving…

Building the Future

The virtual event “Recognizing the Past, Repairing the Present, Building the Future” organized on 2 December 2020, which is open to the public, features a diverse mix of speakers, discussion panels and a screening of two episodes of the newly released documentary series “Enslaved” (2020), starring actor Samuel L. Jackson and British journalist Afua Hirsch. The speakers of…

Human Rights in Belarus

The European Parliament today adopted a Resolution calling on the Belarusian authorities to carry out a full investigation into the murder of Roman Bondarenka. Parliament condemned in the strongest possible terms the murder of Roman Bondarenka in Belarus, and expressed its condolences to his family and to all families who have lost loved ones as…

MEPs appeal to High Representative Joseph Borell in support of the Kingdom of Morocco

A number of influential members of the European Parliament, representing the major political groups, have appealed to the High Representative, Joseph Borell, in support of the Kingdom of Morocco in its efforts to guarantee the free passage of goods and people in the demilitarised zone of Guerguerat, writes Gary Cartwright. European parliamentarians belonging to the…

Need to Link Aid to Migration Policy

The European Parliament has voted to make development aid conditional on cooperation with the EU on migration management.  This is a notable shift in the approach to development policy showing that the majorities in Parliament have changed. The EPP Group has been calling for such a conditionality for years. “We need to make better use…

For Roman Bondarenka

On Thursday, Parliament will debate and then vote on the Resolution condemning the continuous violations of human rights in Belarus as well as the murder of Roman Bondarenka. The 31 year-old art teacher died after being in police custody for his opposition to Alexander Lukashenko. “It is Europe’s duty to take action when human rights…

Inaugural U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue

The Office of the State Department of the USA issued the following press statement. “The close relationship between the United States and Taiwan is rooted in our commitment to the defense of freedom and the promotion of democratic values. Our partnership is built on economic investment and shared people-to-people ties, and we share a vision…

EU Aid for Nagorno-Karabakh

The Commission has announced an additional €3 million in humanitarian support to ensure critical assistance to the civilians most affected by the conflict in and around Nagorno Karabakh. This funding comes on top of €900,000 allocated since early October when the hostilities started. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “The EU continues to stand by all…

LGBTI+ Strategy

The S&D Group in the European Parliament has welcomed  an ambitious new LGBTI+ equality strategy presented by S&D Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli. The Commission’s strategy answers the S&D Group’s long-standing calls for a new approach to fighting discrimination and promoting fundamental rights and protection of LGBTI+ people in the EU.  The first-ever LGBTI+ equality…