Extracts from the debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

Type: News   Reference: 87934   Duration: 00:04:50  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 22/11/2012   First transmission: 22/11/2012
Extracts from the debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law: - Human rights situation in Iran, particularly mass executions and the recent death of the blogger Sattar Beheshti - Situation in Burma, particularly the continuing violence in Rakhine State - Situation of migrants in Libya MEPs debated on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Iran, in Burma and in Libya. According to Amnesty International, the number of executions in Iran since the beginning of the year has reached to at least 373, whereas more than 600 people are believed to have been executed in 2011, following trials often failing to meet international standards of fairness. The Iranian resistance calls upon all international bodies and human rights organizations to urgently act to stop the appalling human rights violations. The 2012 Rakhine State riots are a series of ongoing conflicts primarily between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, though by October Muslims of all ethnicities had begun to be targeted. The riots came after weeks of sectarian disputes and have been condemned by most people on both sides of the conflict. The immediate cause of the riots was unclear, with many commentators citing the rape and murder of a Rakhine woman and the following killing of ten Burmese Muslims by ethnic Rakhine as the main cause. The Myanmar government responded by imposing curfews and by deploying troops in the region. On 10 June, state of emergency was declared in Rakhine, allowing military to participate in administration of the region. International Organizations who fight for the protection of human rights claim that migrants in Libya are treated like animals or slaves and call upon all European bodies to urgently act against these violation of the human rights.

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00:00:00 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France 00:00:05
00:00:05 SOUNDBITE (French) Marie-Christine VERGIAT (GUE/NGL, FR), MEP : English translation : "This is the seventh urgent resolution on Iran in this term of office, it's true to say that this country has taken the top of the list of those countries with regard of executions compared to population : 383 public executions since the beginning of the year, 6 collective executions since the 27th of October, 20 public hanging for the only 7th and 8th of November. And the Regime is trying to speed up the execution of near 1000 prisoners within the setting up of an execution committee. The Sakharov Prize winner, the barrister Nasrin Sotoudeh, is on an hunger-strike to the death, and the blogger Sattar Behechti tortured to death in a detention centre, this is absolutely dramatic but I wonder how efficient our Resolutions finally are." 00:00:49
00:00:54 SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique DE KEYSER (S&D, BE), MEP : English translation : "Our repeated appeal to meet the two Sakharov Prize winners from this year has remained unheeded. So I would appeal to the Iranian authorities because this very reason we want a reach out of hand to them that they should react on human rights. We can never understand the non-opening of this chapter of negotiation with them. In December we would like to be able to celebrate the Sakharov Prize with the two nominees Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi who is still appealing a sentence against him, who risks imprisonment, these are two award winners that we didn't nominate to act against Iran but because they represented something about freedom and human rights." 00:00:49
00:01:43 SOUNDBITE (French) Marc TARABELLA (S&D, BE), MEP : English translation : "In the west of Burma, violence between Buddhists of the Rakhine community against the Rohingas Muslims has been problematic yet, now to ensure that the democratic transition is pursued, we must ensure the measures are taken so that the Brumese government can put a stop to discriminate practices against the Rohingas people so that they should be granted Burmese citizenship." 00:00:26
00:02:09 SOUNDBITE (English) Olli REHN, EC Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs "The official death count amounts to 89 persons, several thousands of homes have been torched and 110 000 people have been displaced, the vast majority of them being Muslims. Most internally displaced people in crowed camps, ill-equipped and lacking children basic sanitation. To alleviate the suffering of the displaced communities our humanitarian office ECO allocated this week an additional one million euro to provide food in addition to the 4 million of humanitarian aid announced by President Barroso during his visit to the country on the 3rd of November." 00:00:56
00:03:05 SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique DE KEYSER (S&D, BE), MEP : English translation : "With respect to the situation of migrants in Libya, this is far from a new problem. It wasn't that long ago, under Colonel Khadafy, that the EU was attempting to negotiate an absolutely shameful agreement with Khadafy for him to keep the immigrants in his own country while we knew to which unspeakable condition these immigrants were confronted. So know the so the fault here certainly isn't the newly elected Libyan government, but rather a lack of legislations, structure, culture and training to protect the immigrants." 00:00:34
00:03:39 SOUNDBITE (French) Marie-Christine VERGIAT (GUE/NGL, FR), MEP : English translation : "I think we can say that nothing has really changed for migrants since the Muhammad Khadafy overthrow, and in fact the situation has deteriorated, migrants are systematically persecuted, held in camps, the living conditions that they are subjected to are deplorable, not to mention the torture, violence, sexual assaults against women and children, and today there is no authority in Libya that is capable to put a stop to this. The European Union and in particular some of its Member States have a heavy responsibility in the actual situation, since they committed themselves in this conflict without taking account of the possible consequences. And nothing is mentioned on the matter in the proposed resolution, I do regret it." 00:00:44
00:04:23 SOUNDBITE (French) Marie-Christine VERGIAT (GUE/NGL, FR), MEP : English translation : "Worst still is the new agreement undergoing between EU, some of the Member States and Libya. Nobody doubt that migration issues will be at the centre of the debate, but the European Parliament should nevertheless take a position and refuse to have these agreements made conditional to the readmission agreements of the immigrants which we all know what they mean." 00:00:20
00:04:43 CUTAWAYS: 2 shot 00:00:07
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