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Ban Ki-moon on migration: “Saving lives should be the top priority”

Ban Ki-moon on migration: “Saving lives should be the top priority”

Europe should focus on saving lives when dealing with migration, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a speech at the European Parliament on 27 May. During the plenary session he called attention to the 1,800 people who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean this year: “Europe has an important role to play and a collective […]

Keep up the pressure on human rights in China

Keep up the pressure on human rights in China

Human rights in China, including the case of Sakharov prize laureate Hu Jia, minority rights, the usefulness of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue and recommendations for future actions in EU-China relations were debated at a public hearing held the Human Rights Sub-Committee on Monday 1 December, the day after the 2009 EU-China summit in Nanjing. Source : © European Parliament

Human rights: China, Nicaragua and Laos, and Vietnam

Human rights: China, Nicaragua and Laos, and Vietnam

Parliament on Thursday adopted three human rights resolutions: urging the Chinese government to adopt an immediate and unconditional moratorium on the death penalty, calling on President Ortega to respect the constitution of Nicaragua and urging the authorities in Laos and Vietnam to release all human rights defenders, political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. Source : © European Parliament

UN Human Rights Council "bias" disappoints MEPs

UN Human Rights Council "bias" disappoints MEPs

The UN Human Rights Council should drop its “political bias” on human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories and take a more flexible and pragmatic approach to human rights worldwide, said Human Rights Sub-Committee MEPs at a public hearing on Tuesday. It is too soon to judge the HRC, replied its President Alex Van Meeuwen. Source : © European Parliament

Targeted EU policy needed to combat violence against women

Targeted EU policy needed to combat violence against women

A targeted EU policy plan is needed to combat violence against women, said the Women’s Rights Committee on Wednesday. Male violence against women is a structural and widespread problem, linked to unequal distribution of power between the sexes – it is not a question of age, education, income or social position, it stressed, adding that this violence also violates human rights to life, safety, dignity, physical and mental integrity and sexual and reproductive choice and health.