Foreign Affairs News
Much will be at stake for Afghanistan and the international community during the coming months, not in the least our credibility. The EU has the chance to prove adherence to its values and geopolitical relevancy by coordinating a sustainable and human rights centred approach, including towards Afghan citizens fleeing the Taliban. But this requires a substantial shift in the current narrative and strong EU leadership.
Following a Greens/EFA initiative, MEPs met today with High Representative Josep Borrell to discuss the appalling situation in Afghanistan.
Co-signed letter on concerns about the unfair trials of civil activists and political prisoners in Belarus
In this letter seventy-eight MEPs raise concerns about the unfair trials of civil activists and political prisoners in Belarus and raise the importance of the EU Delegation and the EU Member States attending and witnessing the court proceedings on a regular and systematic basis.
Written question submitted by Tineke Strik on the case of Maati Monijb who was arrested on 29 December 2020 after years of harassment and unlawful surveillance by the Moroccan authorities.
In this letter fifty seven MEPs urge Israel to honour the demand made by the EU and grant access to its election observation exploratory mission in order to support and observe the upcoming Palestinian elections.
In this letter nineteen MEPs call on the Commission to act to intervene in the case of Ms Maleno, human rights defender and founder of Caminando Fronteras Collective who was recently expelled from Morocco in retaliation for her work in defense of human rights.
Written question co-signed by MEP Tineke Strik on the distribution of funds to Belarus civil society.
Co-signed letter/Reply on concerns regarding the continued repression of peaceful supporters of the Algerian Hirak
In this letter MEPs urge the Commission to do what is in its power to stop human rights violations against the peaceful supporters of the Algerian Hirak.
Between 2007 and 2020, the European Union (EU) and its member states provided no less than 11.6 billion euros in aid to the DRC, making the country the fifth largest recipient of EU aid in the world. The EU, as a major donor to the DRC, therefore has a crucial role to play in encouraging transparent governance of the country while ensuring that corrupt funds do not enter the European market.
The Collective of Sahara Human Rights Defenders – CODESA has collected signatories for its urgent appeal calling for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to deploy a permanent mission to Western Sahara for the protection of Saharawi civilians.
The campaign started on 20 January 2021 collecting signatures on the appeal below from
Parliamentarians, NGOs, international figures, political parties, trade unions, women and youth
organization, and global civil society groups.
The Appeal was also signed by 150 Parlamentarians from the European Parliament, UK Parliament, French Parliament, Spanish Parliament, Swedish Parliament, Swiss Parliament and the Mauritanian Parliament as well as 177 organizations from 41 countries around the world representing all
continents including international civil society groups, institutes, trade unions and political parties.
In this letter fifty-seven MEPs call on the High Representative to reconsider his visit to Russia given that such visit could possibly be used for internal propaganda purposes.
In this letter, twenty-eights MEPs call on the Commissioners to support the RELEASE 2020 initiative that proposes a flexible mechanism for debt reduction and sustainable development of the developing and low-income countries whose debt has been suspended as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this letter the Intergroup for Western Sahara expressed its deep concern with the resumption of armed conflict in Western Sahara. They condemn Morocco’s illegal military action in the Guerguerat region and the subsequent construction of a wall in a region that is clearly part of the territory of Western Sahara under the control of the Polisario Front as agreed under the UN ceasefire agreement.
In this letter fifty-three MEPs demand the High Representative Vice President of the European Commissioner Josep Borrell Fontelles whether the EEAS has started developing a concept of the donors’ conference for Belarus, and whether there is any tentative timeline concerning this initiative.
Draft Report on human rights protection and the EU external migration policy (2020/2116(INI))
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Rapporteur: Tineke Strik
In this letter sixty-two MEPs call on the European Commission to recalibrate its financial assistance to Belarus in a way to cease all financial assistance to the Belarussian authorities and channel these financial resources to people, civil society organisations, NGOs and foundations of Belarus. Attached to the letter there is a document by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum that provides recommendations on funding priorities and short-to medium-term measures to support the Belarusian people.
In this letter sixty-five MEPs ask the Presidents of the European Commission and European Council to downgrade the European Union’s institutional and diplomatic representation at the G20 Leaders’ Summit, to avoid legitimising impunity for human rights violations and ongoing illegal and arbitrary detentions in Saudi Arabia.