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.
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 six MEPs show their concern over the format and content of EU facilitated negotiations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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.
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.
The EU does not recognise the sovereignty of Israel over the territories the country has occupied since 1967 (OTs) and applies a policy of differentiation vis-à-vis Israel and the OTs. In areas such as trade, origin labelling and EU-funded programmes, the EU has put measures in place to ensure that Israeli settlements in the OTs are not treated as part of Israel.
Likewise, the EU’s 2011 adequacy decision for Israel, which allows for the free flow of personal data, states in Article 2 that it should be applied in accordance with international law, i.e. excluding the OTs.
However, Israel treats the settlements as part of its territory for most purposes, including data transfer.