Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

Type: Report   Reference: I-055969   Duration: 10:04:24  Lieu:
End production: 13/12/2007   First transmission: 13/12/2007
During the plenary session of 13 December 2007, the Members of the EP debated on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, namely human rights, democracy and the rule of law in East Chad, women's rights in Saudi Arabia, and the case of the so-called 'comfort women'.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Strasbourg 00:00:05
10:00:10 Mary Lou McDonald, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) about East Chad; saying that the intervention in Chad is necessary, but any operation has to be focused, neutral and above all, it must have a prospect of success 00:00:13
10:00:23 Colm Burke, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) about East Chad; saying that he calls on the EU and its Member States to honour the political decision made, and to provide this mission with more troops and appropriate financial logistic and air support including the necessary number of helicopters as soon as possible; the EU's credibility in its foreign policy on the world stage it's at stake 00:00:19
10:00:42 Alain Hutchinson, Member of the EP, (in FRENCH) about East Chad; on neutrality as a basic and strategic aspect of this European mission; saying that rebels have already announced to target EU Forces in the case it would be a disguised French mission; so they call on all EU nations to participate in the creation of these forces so it is crystal clear for everybody that it is a real European Force 00:00:21
10:01:03 Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry, (in GERMAN) about East Chad; saying that the EU will do whatever it can in order to deploy these forces in this part of the world; the Commission will support EURFOR but not only that, they also want to have an overall concept with 50 million Euros made available for this purpose 00:00:19
10:01:22 Eva-Britt Svensson, Member of the EP, (in SWEDISH) about women's rights in Saudi Arabia; on the need to fight for women's rights in any circumstance; saying that this is why she asks the Commission and the Council to raise the issue of women's rights whenever they have exchanges with Saudi Arabia counterparts 00:00:27
10:01:49 Charles Tannock, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) about women's rights in Saudi Arabia; saying that the EU needs to hold the Saudis to their UN Convention obligations to remove discrimination against women who cannot even drive a car or vote in their limited local elections; on the fact that the EU does not share values with this fundamentalist and medieval regime 00:00:17
10:02:06 Raül Romeva i Rueda, Member of the EP, (in SPANISH) ) about women's rights in Saudi Arabia; on the need for structural changes in Saudi Arabia; saying that the EU must support those changes in all cases; human and women's rights are and must be universal and should be protected in any context 00:00:20
10:02:26 Günter Verheugen (in GERMAN) ) about women's rights in Saudi Arabia; on the fact that women's rights are baffled every day in Saudi Arabia; saying that the EU calls on Saudi women to be given the right to work and wants to see a lift of the limitations of women's rights; the EU reminds Saudi Arabia of its obligations under international law and calls for an end of violence against women in this country (2 shots) 00:00:41
10:03:07 Raül Romeva i Rueda (in SPANISH) about justice for comfort women; saying that we are talking here of 200 thousand women forced into sexual slavery before and during the 2nd World War by the Japanese military; after 62 years, the survivals are still claiming for justice 00:00:21
10:03:28 Eva-Britt Svensson (in SWEDISH) about justice for comfort women; saying that this resolution is important because it calls for justice but also because it explains that women are always the first casualties when there is war; there is an urgent need to end with this 00:00:19
10:03:47 Karin Scheele, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) about justice for comfort women; saying that they call on the Japanese government to do whatever it can to recognise that it has been a slavery there, that these 'comfort women' have been victims of this slavery and to assume responsibility for it 00:00:19
10:04:06 Günter Verheugen (in GERMAN) about justice for comfort women; saying that the European instrument for Human Rights allows the Commission to promote NGOs fighting violence against women and children 00:00:18
10:04:24 Cutaways (8 shots) 00:00:23
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