Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law: humanitarian situation of Iraqi refugees, human rights violations in Transnistria, human rights in Vietnam, plenary session of the EP

Type: Report   Reference: I-054693   Duration: 10:22:56  Lieu:
End production: 12/07/2007
The Members of the EP in plenary session debated cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. They focussed on the humanitarian situation of Iraqi refugees, cases of breaches of human rights in Transnistria and the human rights situation in Vietnam.

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10:18:45 Title 00:00:04
10:18:50 Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Strasbourg 00:00:05
10:18:55 Marios Matsakis, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) on the three million Iraqi people displaced in their own country and the two million outside Iraq; on the fact that all these people have no formal refugee status and the EU and the international community have the moral duty to show compassion and understanding to the miserable circumstances these refugees find themselves in 00:00:31
10:19:26 Charles Tannock, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU must do more by boosting financial aid to the surrounding Arab States who received the refugees, in particular Jordan and Syria; the EU Member States should accept within reason more refugees on a temporary basis 00:00:20
10:19:46 Jean Lambert, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) welcoming the EP resolution when it enounces that there should be no forced return of Iraqi refugees currently living in the EU; saying that it is necessary to find a status for such people rather than leaving them destitute in EU's Member States 00:00:23
10:20:09 Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Science and Research, (in ENGLISH) on the Commission's will to continue trying to help the Iraqi refugees; saying that the EC understands that this support remains limited, but it constitutes only a first immediate response to the humanitarian situation; the EC is looking at various options on how to better assist the refugees; however, delivering of assistance inside Iraq is severely constraint by the security situation 00:00:37
10:20:46 Marios Matsakis (in ENGLISH) on the fact that Moldova is a neighbour of the EU; saying that the EU has the obligation to help democracy and human rights develop in Moldova 00:00:23
10:21:09 Gérard Onesta, Vice-President of the EP, (in FRENCH) saying that they are talking about a 'frozen' conflict, as if a conflict could be frozen; saying that there are people suffering because human rights are not respected; Moldavia is not far from the EU; talking about Transnistria is look in front of us; asking the EC to help these people 00:00:27
10:21:36 Janez Potocnik, (in ENGLISH) on the fact that the region of Transnistria is not under the control of the Moldavian government; that means that the reforms which have taken place in Moldova, encouraged by the EU, have not taken place in the Transnistrian region 00:00:29
10:22:05 Esko Seppänen, Member of the EP, (in FINNISH) calling for the liberation of Buddhist leaders in Vietnam; on the EU's obligation to encourage the change of Vietnamese policy towards minorities 00:00:25
10:22:30 Bogusław Sonik, Member of the EP, (in POLISH) on the fact that the EU must not tolerate violations against human rights in Vietnam; saying that today the EU is Vietnam's number one trading partner, so we have there an instrument to bring pressure to the Vietnamese authorities 00:00:26
10:22:56 Janez Potocnik, (in ENGLISH) on the fact that the EC has always expressed the view that Vietnam needs to respect human rights; the EC will continue to use all instruments at its disposal to help the cases in question as well as to encourage and to support progress of human rights and religious freedom in Vietnam (3 shots) 00:00:42
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