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European Parliament mobilizes for #HumanRights defenders in Guatemala

European Parliament mobilizes for #HumanRights defenders in Guatemala

| February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Parliament today (17 February), during the plenary session in Strasbourg, has approved an urgent resolution on the situation of human rights defenders in Guatemala. By this initiative, MEPs have both expressed their concerns and acknowledged the work carried out by human rights defenders. For this reason, they urge the Guatemalan government to adopt […]

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Over to you, Commissioner #Oettinger…

Over to you, Commissioner #Oettinger…

| January 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Commissioner Gunther Oettinger’s first working week as the confirmed commissioner responsible for the EU’s budget and its human-resources issues is starting today (16 January). In spite of several major concerns over Commissioner Oettinger’s suitability to replace Kristalina Georgieva, the fact is that the portfolio is his. And now it is time to act on the commitments made […]

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Declaration by High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the European Union on #HumanRightsDay, 10 December 2016

Declaration by High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the European Union on #HumanRightsDay, 10 December 2016

| December 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

On 10 December, the European Union and its member states celebrate Human Rights Day. As inequality and violations of human rights pose increasing challenges across the world, and conflict continues in countries such as Syria, it is all the more important that we redouble our efforts to defend the rights of all people. This is […]

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#HumanRights in the world: 2015 annual report voted in Foreign Affairs Committee

#HumanRights in the world: 2015 annual report voted in Foreign Affairs Committee

| November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The EU should do more to protect independent journalists and bloggers and human-rights defenders, say MEPs in their report on the state of human rights in the world in 2015, approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday (14 November). Members point out that the “universality of human rights is seriously being challenged in many […]

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#FairTrade: Five Star Movement’s Corrao calls for ‘abuse free’ product labelling

#FairTrade: Five Star Movement’s Corrao calls for ‘abuse free’ product labelling

| October 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Italian MEP Ignazio Corrao from the Five Star Movement is calling for European Action on product labeling. Corrao wants companies to add an “abuse free” label to their products, showing that no serious human rights abuses have been committed at any stage of production. The measure aims to improve corporate responsibility for human rights abuses in non-EU […]

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#StopCorporateAbuse: Why we need rights for people and rules for business

#StopCorporateAbuse: Why we need rights for people and rules for business

| October 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

This week, an historic proposal will be discussed in Geneva that could hold transnational corporations and other business enterprises to account for corporate abuses under international human rights law. The UN is calling on governments to work on developing a set of legally-binding rules known as the UN treaty on business and human rights. This […]

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#Torture products: ‘Europe cannot just stand by’

#Torture products: ‘Europe cannot just stand by’

Torture and the death penalty still take place in many countries around the world and the EU should play no part in delivering services or goods to make this possible, according to Marietje Schaake. The Dutch ALDE MEP is in charge of steering an updated version of the EU’s anti-torture regulation through Parliament. MEPs debate […]

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