Human Rights

Everywhere in the world there are people who do things that we take for granted: criticise corruption, protect their local forest, express their opinions, love whomever they want. And because they do these things, they are threatened, persecuted, murdered. Their struggle for freedom is our struggle for freedom.

Experience shows that the EU can do much to protect human rights defenders. As vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), I want to give human rights defenders, who are coming under ever greater pressure everywhere, a strong voice. Because we in Europe cannot remain silent when elsewhere in the world human rights are trampled upon. 

“Freedom for those who defend .”

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Entschließungsantrag zur Menschenrechtssituation auf den Philippinen angenommen – gefolgt von einer Reihe von Reaktionen im Land

The urgency regarding the Philippines was adopted by 626 votes in favour, 7 against and 52 abstentions - a broad majority across all political parties. The human rights situation in the Philippines is getting worse by the second.
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My statement on the abolishment of the “kafala system” in Qatar

The Qatar government has finally abolished a system of labor market laws that threatened the basic human rights of migrant workers for decades. Together with MEP Maria Arena I issued a statement.
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"Mr. Borrell, please adapt the visa handbook!" - My plenary address on the annual human rights report

In many countries human rights defenders face enormous dangers: They risk their freedom, their security and often their lives. They are unjustly accused and imprisoned. But if they want to enter the EU, their special situation is not taken into account - sometimes even interpreted in a negative way.
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„Beim Schreiben umgehe ich verbotene Wörter“ – Mein InstaLive mit Nurcan Baysal

Die kurdische Journalistin Nurcan Baysal wurde für ihre Berichte über Menschenrechtsverletzungen verhaftet. In meinem InstaLive habe ich mit ihr über die Pressefreiheit und Corona-Maßnahmen in der Türkei gesprochen.
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Launchday: Covid-Monitor für Menschenrechte und Demokratie geht online

Gestern ging der von mir initiierte Covid-Monitor für Menschenrechte und Demokratie online. 162 Länder, hunderte interaktive Grafen und eine regelmäßig aktualisierte Datenbank, die jedem*r zeigt, wie weltweit Grundrechte aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie eingeschränkt werden - all das beinhaltet der Monitor.
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Monitor for Human Rights in Corona Times - Report of the Süddeutsche Zeitung

I have proposed to the EU Commission the creation of a monitor for human rights, with which one can trace restrictions of fundamental rights in the Corona crisis. Tomorrow this proposal will become reality.
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Why the EU needs a human rights sanctions mechanism - My guest article in the Frankfurter Rundschau

Two years after the murder of the columnist of the "Washington Post", Jamal Khashoggi, a sanction mechanism for human rights violators* is under discussion in the EU. This mechanism must be a top priority for the German Federal Government, which takes over the EU Council Presidency on 1 July.
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A human rights crisis is unfolding before the eyes of the EU - it is time to act!

Im Schatten der Gesundheitskrise entfaltet sich eine Menschenrechtskrise. Und das macht die Sache noch schlimmer. Um die weltweite #Coronakrise zu überwinden, müssen wir beides angehen. Deshalb muss "Team Europa" zum "Team Menschenrechte" werden. Milliarden an Geldern auszugeben ist nicht genug.
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Der blinde Fleck der EU-Visapolitik

Weltweit setzen sich mutige Menschen für Menschenrechte ein und riskieren dabei oftmals ihre Freiheit, sogar ihr Leben. Menschenrechtsverteidiger*innen sollten deshalb geschützt werden und einfacher in der EU Zuflucht finden können.
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Feminist perspectives on the Corona pandemic - my webinar

How has the Covid 19 pandemic affected women worldwide? A question that is rarely asked by the general public. So I spoke with three experts about their experiences:
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Humanitarian aid for Libya: My interview with RND

Last week the EU foreign ministers held a video conference to discuss the catastrophic situation in the civil-war country Libya. Especially in times of the Corona crisis, increased humanitarian aid is needed for Libya and the refugees there.
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Covid-19: What global aspects EU foreign policy must not forget!

The main streets of major European cities are empty, the borders are partially closed and most people are sitting at home to slow down the spread of Covid-19 through "social distancing". But while Europe is looking inwards, the corona virus poses new challenges internationally.
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