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Hannah Neumann bei der Rede zu Menschenrechten

EU Annual Report: Respect for human rights must become the top priority of foreign policy

Why do trade agreements protect companies but not people? Why do EU manufacturers still sell arms to warmongers? And why are EU companies still destroying the habitat of indigenous peoples just to mine coal? The EU Annual Report on Human Rights shows how our policies affect people around the world. We need to make a greater effort and set a good example - especially when the situation of indigenous peoples deteriorates. As shadow rapporteur, I called for this in Parliament on Tuesday.

Rede zum EU-Jahresbericht zu Menschenrechten

🇬🇧English version belowWarum schützen Handelsabkommen Unternehmen, aber keine Menschen? Warum verkaufen Hersteller aus der EU noch immer Waffen an Kriegstreiber*innen? Und warum zerstören EU-Unternehmen immer noch den Lebensraum von indigenen Völkern, nur um Kohle abzubauen? Der EU-Jahresbericht zu Menschenrechten zeigt, wie sich unsere Politik auf Menschen überall auf der Welt auswirkt. Wir müssen uns mehr anstrengen und auch unseren wirtschaftlichen Hebel nutzen – vor allem, wenn die Situation der sich verschlechtert. Das forderte ich am Dienstag im Parlament. Danke an Isabel Wiseler-Lima für die tolle Arbeit als Berichterstatterin.Why do trade deals protect companies not humans? Why do EU manufacturers sell weapons to warmongers? And why can European companies still destroy the livelihood of indigenous people only to mine coal? The EU annual report on human rights shows how our policies directly affect people all around the world. We need to enhance our efforts and use our leverage – especially when the situation is worsening. That’s what I demanded this Tuesday in plenary. Thanks to Isabel Wiseler-Lima for the great job as rapporteur.

Gepostet von Hannah Neumann am Donnerstag, 16. Januar 2020

The alarming report is supported by a large majority of MEPs and sends a clear signal to the Commission: it is now up to foreign affairs commissioner Josep Borrell in particular to shape an EU foreign and security policy that puts human rights at the top of the agenda over the next five years.

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