Parliament held urgent debates on the following topics relating to human rights and democracy: Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Situation in the Central African Republic and Situation in Bahrain.Three resolutions were voted after the debate.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Strasbourg.
||CONGO- SOUNDBITE (French) Mariya GABRIEL (EPP, BG): "We have to move faster with the implementation of credible justice. Perpetrators of crimes, particularly sexual crimes, should be brought to justice. Secondly, we've got to implement the Addis Ababa agreements, because the DRC and neighbouring states have to respect that commitments and quickly find a full political and sincere resolution of the problems, without these two elements the violence will continue in East Congo."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Nicole KIIL-NIELSEN (Greens-EFA, FR): "The question of sexual violence must be included as a reference point that will allow us to measure progress achieved in implementing the Addis Ababa agreements. The problem of sexual violence must be looked at in its entirety. We must underscore the efforts of Congolese authorities and the international instances, who to date focus on strengthening jurisdiction and supporting prosecution. But now we must stress the need for sentences to be applied to the letter, otherwise the feeling of impunity will remain".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Viviane REDING, Commissioner: "We share the points raised on the draft resolution. The humanitarian situation is appalling, the human rights violations are wide spread and I'd like to add to this specifically the sexual violence. We also share the call to put an end to the activities of the rebel groups and to re-establish the state authority. We cannot ignore the vital importance of the security sector reform and the need to fight the illegal exploitation of national resources and we must not be complacent. I am glad to say that the EU is addressing all these points through political dialogue with national and regional actors".
||CAR - SOUNDBITE (German) Barbara LOCHBIHLER (Greens-EFA, DE): "1.6 million people need urgent assistance with sanitation water, food, housing and the basic assets for care. The EU is overwhelmed with the humanitarian exercise and the government of the CAR should receive the support for the creation of a functioning state that would stop the abuses and that the perpetrators would be brought to justice. There is a need for a joint verification committee and the EU should give its full support".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Mariya GABRIEL (EPP, BG): "Certain priorities have to be met. The Central African humanitarian crisis is affecting 1.6 million people; so there is a need to restore basic services for the displaced people. We also have to deal with the problem of child-soldiers firmly. The military aspect is also crucial: we have to collect all the weapons in the country. The Libreville peace accords are the cornerstone to any kind of exit to this crisis. I want to ask to international and regional actors to step up their efforts to be able to carry out joint actions in the region".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Viviane REDING, Commissioner: "We call on the Central African Republic transitional authorities to take concrete measures to restore law and order to protect the civilian population and to comply with the Libreville agreements. We also support the setting up of the African Union led peace support operation in the Central African Republic. we are also assisting the efforts of the CAR government of national unity under the leadership of prime minister Tiangaye, notably through an urgent stabilisation programme funded under the instrument for stability".
||BAHRAIN - SOUNDBITE (English) Marietje SCHAAKE (ALDE, NL): "Instead of seeking dialogue or releasing political prisoners, the Parliament and the King of Bahrain have now banned the right to peaceful assemble in the capital altogether and we should remind them that certainly not all who opposed government practices are terrorists or helped by Iran. There should be no juveniles in adult detention facilities and under no circumstances can there be torture".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Viviane REDING, Commissioner: "I'm calling on the authorities to ensure that any new legislation meets international human rights standards and ensures human rights are protected and respected in practice. The last few days we shared with our Bahraini counterparts our concerns regarding the new measures that could lead to deprivation of nationality as well as regarding the recent decree regulating contacts between political societies and diplomatic missions".