Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 12/12/2013 First transmission: 12/12/2013
Parliament has held urgent debates on the following topics relating to human rights and democracy: Situation in the Central African Republic, organ harvesting in China, and the situation in Sri Lanka.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior shot of the EP, Strasbourg.
||SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique DE KEYSER (S&D, BE): "We knew and we know that genocide was a threat, with all the kind of atrocities which accompany this crime. It took a long time for something to happen. I have heard unacceptable things for my group, I have heard criticism of the French actions in CAR, I am very moderate in my approach to military intervention but in this case France was just responding to what so many people have been saying for such a long time".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Harlem DÉSIR (S&D, FR): "This urgent action was necessary, but we need at the same time to build a sustainable peace based on security but also based on humanitarian action, development and the organisation of free elections. We need today to have a full and complete mobilisation of the EU on all of these fronts in response to the crisis in the CAR, that's the message of the EP, I hope it will be heard".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Dacian CIOLOS, Commissioner: "The reestablishment of order and protection of the population are the absolute priorities. We welcome the intervention of the African forces, supported by France and other partners in order to bring an end to violence and restore security. The EC has already undertaken to release 50 million euros through the 'peace in Africa' facility for the sake of the African force MISCA."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Dacian CIOLOS, Commissioner: "We are preparing to accompany the transition process moving back towards democracy. It will be a long process and we'll need shared efforts. Given the number and the complexity of the challenges that this country faces it is going to be decisive for the international community to maintain its commitment on the long term".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Tunne KELAM (EPP, EE) :
"A huge, shady and immoral business of organ selling to foreigners has developed in China, which amounts also number of non Chinese doctors. We urge Chinese authorities to stop it immediately. But also we ask the EU Member States not only to raise the organ harvesting organs issue with Chinese Government, but the condemn publicly the corrupt and immoral organs transplantation business which is conducted at the cost of lives of thousands of prisoners of conscience."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Kristiina OJULAND (ALDE, EE) :
"The practice must be ended immediately and the least the EU can do to stop it is to condemn publicly all the transplantation abuse in China and to inform all those European citizens who travel to China for organ transplants, that the organ source for their operation might be an executed prisoner."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Raül ROMEVA i RUEDA (Greens/EFA, ES) :
"Some sources, like Mister Huang Jiefu, Director of the China organ donation committee and former vice-minister of Health, have even mention that around 90% of all the transplanted organs extracted from deceased donors stand from executed prisoners in China, and have sais that by mid-2014 all hospitals licensed for organ transplants will be required to stop to using organs from executed prisoners and only use those voluntarily donated and allocated through a fletching national system."
||SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Ana GOMES (S&D, PT) :
English translation :
"The European Parliament has already passed a number of resolutions on Sri Lanka pointing out problems in the process of national reconciliation. I went to Sri Lanka in 2011 as part of delegation of my group at which time there were a lot of doubts but there was still hope that the reconciliation commission that the government set up to investigate human rights violations during the war, particularly at the end of the war should fruit. But unfortunately we've now reached the conclusion that this is not happening. The national and international requirements for independence of the Commission are not present, there is impunity for the people who are responsible for the horrors committed especially at the end of the war. Instead of listening to international bodies, the government is libelling its critics and trying to silence people who are fighting for truth and for basics democratic freedom in Sri Lanka."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Phil BENNION (ALDE, UK) :
"I therefore call on the EU High Representative to engage proactively with the Sri Lanka government to ensure Justice is found. I call on president Rajapaksa to set up this inquiry that we are calling for on a similar basis that the one is already set up to look into the disappeared and hopefully this process of reconciliation can be concluded."
||Cutaways : 6 shots.