Extracts from the debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law: - Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo - Caste discrimination in India

Type: News   Reference: 89797   Duration: 00:04:35  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 13/12/2012   First transmission: 13/12/2012
CONGO : Since April 2012, elements of the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) have mutinied in North Kivu province of Congo to form an armed rebellion known under the name of the March 23 Movement (M23). Months of fighting between government troops and rebel militias has displaced more than 100,000 people. MEP's this afternoon expressed strong concern about the deterioration of the general situation in the east of DRC and strongly condemned the attacks by M23 and all other armed groups in the east of DRC in recent months. European Parliament called authorities to conduct an impartial, in-depth investigation into all past and present cases of human rights violations, notably on the attemped assassination of Dr. Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon who directs a hospital treating victims of sexual violence. MEP's equally asked for the strengthening of the legal measures to ensure a better traceability of minerals from illegal logging, with an international market control instrument on natural resources, inspired by the Dodd-Frank Act, adopted by Congress. INDIA : The European Parliament also debated a proposed Resolution to eradicate caste discrimination in India. The Indian authorities are urged to redouble their efforts to ensure protection of Dalits. The victims of discrimination must be able to register their cases with the police. Moreover, MEP's called on the Indian government to eradicate bonded labour from the spinning mills and pass an effective Statute prohibiting manual scavenging. Indian authorities are also asked to allow the funding for Dalit organizations and other organizations representing disadvantaged groups in Indian society. The European Parliament called its President to forward this resolution to India's Prime Minister, India's Minister for Law & Justice, India's Home Minister, the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the EU Member States and the Secretary-General of the UN.

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00:00:00 TITLE : Extracts from the debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law: - Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo - Caste discrimination in India 00:00:00
00:00:00 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg 00:00:10
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (French) Nicole KIIL-NIELSEN (Greens/EFA, FR): "We need to see the establishment of the rule of law for attaining a sustainable peace in RDC. We need to have impunity removed, we have to make sure that justice is served; we must be clear on that. Any peace agreement has to exclude any immunity or amnesty for Bosco Ntaganda for example, so-called Terminator, who has ignited the powder cake in the region. To fight against immunity in a country where half million women have been killed over 16 years: this is what Dr. Mukwege is trying to do incessantly by helping women victims of rape. It is why he's denouncing these atrocities and helping these women that they have tried to assassinate him." 00:00:43
00:00:53 SOUNDBITE (English) Marietje SCHAAKE (ALDE, NL): "The EU should act jointly and strongly. Now, several EU member states have suspended aid to Ruanda as a result of UN report that alleges involvement in the conflicts in the RDC. But we also need an EU position against all the individuals that have violated the UN arms embargo. We can do more on the demand side: by improving transparency on reporting on illegally mined minerals for example, and independent investigations are needed. The perpetrators of human rights violations, of war crimes, of crimes against humanity, sexual violence against women and the recruiting of child soldiers should be brought to justice. The impunity must end". 00:00:45
00:01:38 SOUNDBITE (French) Dacian CIOLOS, Commissioner: "We endorse your assessment on the urgency of the humanitarian situation and the infringement of human rights, in particular sexual violence and we have to put an end to the activities of armed bands and fully re-establish the rule of law and proper governance in the East of the country, including the reform of the security sector and fight against illegal mining of natural resources". 00:00:30
00:02:08 SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Peter van DALEN (ECR, NL) (English translation) : "One of the biggest problems is that the people who destroyed the Dalit houses, the people who have been trading, trafficking in Dalits as slaves, the people who forced the Dalits into prostitution , these people are not being prosecuted." 00:00:17
00:02:25 SOUNDBITE (Rumanian) Cristian Dan PREDA (EPP, RO) : (English translation) "We do thing that a Lumber of specific steps could be taken, very simple to explain : India needs an independent police, it should be corrupted, the police should record all cases, all complains by people who have been victims of discriminations." 00:00:24
00:02:49 SOUNDBITE (English) Paul MURPHY (GUE/NGL, IE) "The growth and development of the Indian economy that we've seen in these recent years is only benefitting a minority of the Indian population. In the past 20 years, since the onset of aggressive neoliberal reforms, million have been pushed further into poverty and destitution. The proposals for foreign direct investments in multibrand retailing will be a profit Bonanza for the world major retail giants. But these profits will be made on the back of the destruction of the small retail sector, a sector that employs 40 millions workers." 00:00:30
00:03:19 SOUNDBITE (English) Paul MURPHY (GUE/NGL, IE) "The cast system facilitate and legitimize conditions that allow the most grotesque and barbaric exploitation of workers. Many EU based multinationals profit from that system to the exploitation of cheap labour? There's up to 200 000 bounded labours in Tamil Nadu that work in the garment industry making clothes for many known western brands. " 00:00:24
00:03:43 SOUNDBITE (Swedish ) Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE): (English translation :) "It's time for us to place conditions on pour own companies in the garment industry so they don't contribute to this discrimination and repression. " 00:00:31
00:04:14 SOUNDBITE (French) Dacian CIOLOS, European Commissioner in charge of agriculture and rural development "To stop negotiation on the free trade agreement ad proposed in the resolution would not help the situation of Dalits in India. But this same agreement could contribute to enhance the economic situation of India if it was negotiated in a wise way and therefore contribute to a better situation among the less-privileged communities." 00:00:02
00:04:16 CUTAWAYS : 5 shots 00:00:19
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