Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law:
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - EP
End production: 15/12/2011 First transmission: 15/12/2011
- Azerbaijan, notably the case of Rafiq Tagi
- Situation of women in Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Tunisia - the case of Zakaria Bouguira
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) Charles TANNOCK (ECR, UK): "We welcome the decision to open a criminal enquiry into the circumstances of Tagi's death and call upon the Azerbaijani authorities to do all in their power to bring the perpetrator to justice following a fair trial in accordance with international standards. We call upon the Iranian authorities too to cooperate fully with the investigation and to provide all the necessary evidences possible to aid it its cause".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique DE KEYSER (S&D, FR): "If we are going to ask the Iranian authorities and also the authorities in Baku to condemn that 'fatwa' I'd like to say as well that here in this Parliament we strongly condemn this deviation of Islam; we will always defend moderate Islam that respects all the people's freedoms".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Joaquín ALMUNIA, Commissioner: "Developments in Azerbaijan in the field of democracy and human rights continue to be a matter of concern to the EU. We are deeply worried about the fact that over the last few years we have noted a trend of increasing restrictions in this domain (…) The level of ambition of the EU's relations with Azerbaijan will take into account the extent to which this values are reflected in national practices and policy implementation".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Róża Gräfin von THUN UND HOHENSTEIN (EPP, PL): "Afghanistan made a commitment to include and uphold human rights commitments in its Constitution, including equality between men and women which is to be welcomed and supported by the EU. Looking ahead to 2014 when the light forces withdraw from Afghanistan and Afghanistan has a full independence to run its own affairs, it is imperative that progress is not undone".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Joaquín ALMUNIA, Commissioner: Increase access to justice and legal aid services for women affected by family violence is a very important element of the EU's assistance, while progress will depend on broader reforms of Afghanistan's justice institutions (…) Among many human rights concerns faced by women in Pakistan violence is one of the most serious issues to address. The EU consistently uses political dialogue with Pakistan to raise issues related to the rights of women. A long term objective is to ensure effective implementation of the UN convention for elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, of which Pakistan is a signatory".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Marietje SCHAAKE (ALDE, NL): ""Tunisia should do away with these Ben-Ali style practices and oppression. Besides respects for human rights, the rule of law, good governance, we are specifically concerned with the role the technologies can play. They can be used to enable free speech and press, access to information and, as this case shows, the documentation of human rights violations. It would be a huge mistake and loss opportunity if surveillance, censorship, tracing and tracking technologies continue to be deployed against people as it happened under the Ben-Ali government".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Raül ROMEVA I RUEDA (Greens, ES)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Joaquín ALMUNIA, Commissioner: