Lieu: Strasbourg, France - EP
End production: 13/12/2011 First transmission: 13/12/2011
- extracts from the statement by Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, and MEPs debate
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC: "The continuing violent crackdowns in Syria, repression in Belarus and protective conflicts including in the Middle East require us to keep us the pressure. The events of this year have highlighted the vital links between the human rights and democracy. It has led to a new approach for the EU which is to provide greater support to partners engaged in building what I've termed 'deep democracy'".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC: "In 2011 the European instrument for democracy and human rights founded more than 1200 operations in more than a 130 countries. Even in the toughest environments, where basic rights and freedoms are the most repressed we've been able to provide assistance to civil society".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC: "I expect the new civilian government in Burma/Myanmar to push ahead with political reforms and re-engage with the international community. I hope Aung Saan Su Kyi will be able to come to this European Parliament to receive the Sakharov Prize that se was awarded 21 years ago".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC: "It's clear that in order to be credible when we raise human rights concerns with others we have to be sure our own house is in order too. I am determined to install a human rights culture in the EU's emerging diplomatic structures. I am very open minded ion the idea of appointing an EU special representative for Human Rights to act as a catalyst and to raise our profile internationally".
||SOUNDBITE (Latvian) Inese VAIDERE (EPP, Latvia), on the need to pay as much attention to human rights in Russia as the EU has been doing elsewhere:"There are more than 80 thousand people waiting for our help in Russia".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Richard HOWITT (S&D, UK):"I do absolutely endorse the aspiration to raise effectiveness, to achieve concrete results, to emphasise civil society, to better implement the recommendations of election observation missions, to continue the priority given to the defence of human rights defenders, to support the proposals for thematic campaigns and to move to a Brussels based council working group".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Baroness Sarah LUDFORD (ALDE, UK): "The EU cannot argue against torture and disappearance in the 'war on terror' as effectively as is necessary when it has failed to fully clean house on our own collusion and secret prisons and rendition flights. Our credibility in the battle for equality on the basis of sexual orientation is undermined by the shabby prejudice still suffered by LGBT people in some EU states. Our voice will not sufficiently be heard in condemning ethnic and religious discrimination abroad when Roma, Muslims and even Jews are not guaranteed proper freedoms and security at home".
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