Human rights in the world 2012 and EU policy on the matter (recorded 10/12/2013):
- extracts from the report Eduard KUKAN (EPP, SK)
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 11/12/2013 First transmission: 11/12/2013
MEPs are appealing to the EU to ensure that human rights and democracy are observed in all aspects of its relations with its partners. The draft resolution on the 2012 Annual Report on Human Rights in the World, drawn up by Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK), points to the deterioration of human rights and fundamental freedoms in most of the EU neighbourhood countries and looks at cases where reforms and the transition to democracy have been stopped by the ruling regime. MEPs want the EU to apply sanctions to all regimes using repressive methods against civilians and to continue to support human rights defenders and extend its protection to whistle-blowers and investigative journalists.
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||SOUNDBITE (English) Eduard KUKAN (EPP, SK), Rapporteur: "The EU policy framework on human rights needs to become a backbone on our actions in this field. A year ago, the EU adopted a strategic framework and action plan on human rights and democracy and appointed our first special representative for human rights. This was a right step forward by which we have opened doors for mainstreaming human rights policies in the EU external relations."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Eduard KUKAN (EPP, SK), Rapporteur: "Building a right respecting democracy in which the human rights are adequately protected is not an easy task. The processes of transition are often exhausting and lengthy."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Eduard KUKAN (EPP, SK), Rapporteur: "The EU has potential and responsibility to support these processes. We need to pay more attention to problems and challenges of the countries overthrowing authoritarian regimes, countries where democracy processes are still fragile. But also, to the countries trapped in the transition for long time, where the processes stopped without clear prospects of further changes."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Eduard KUKAN (EPP, SK), Rapporteur: "The EU needs to remain determined in promotion and protection of universality of human rights, being it through our own instruments, through the EU human right system, or through the support to other international organisation, such as the International Criminal Court".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Vytautas LESKEVICIUS, on behalf of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU: "Countries in transition are a particular challenge. We share the analysis of your report, Mr. Kukan, and deeply appreciate your support to our efforts."
||SOUNDBITE (Swedish) Mikael GUSTAFSSON (GUE, SV) opinion from EP DEVE Committee: "Human rights are universal and applying to all human beings. That means refugees and immigrants, too. that means that EU needs to act. If you look at tragedy such as Lampedusa, they undermined the EU's credibility in the human rights arena. Rights of women, too. Human rights are universal, applying to all human beings and therefore apply to women. And yet, every single day, women's rights are being infringed. The patriarchy is engaging in this, which is an epidemic around the world and the EU needs to act to strengthen women's rights and to stress the importance of reproductive and sexual rights for women."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Mariya GABRIEL (EPP, BG), opinion from EP FEMMM committee: "Human rights are at the heart of the EU's relations with third countries including strategic partners. That's where the EU's external action is different to other forms of diplomacy and we should give a high profile to this."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Mariya GABRIEL (EPP, BG), opinion from EP FEMMM committee: "EU policies in matter of human rights have to stress in attempts to combat impunity, particularly in relations to sexual offences and sexual violence used within the context of war. We know that that happens actually in some places in the world."
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