Human Rights Report: EU must mainstream human rights clauses in all its external policies and agreements, including trade
MEPs today voted in plenary the annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2017, which underlines the dramatic increase in human rights violations, democracy crises and conflicts all over the world, affecting the most vulnerable in our societies.
The report documents the persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar, the crackdown of the opposition in Cambodia, Venezuela and Nicaragua, the rule of law disarray in Congo, war crimes in Syria and Yemen, the drastically shrinking civil society space in our direct neighbourhood, especially in Azerbaijan or Russia, among other cases.
ALDE MEP, Petras Auštrevičius (Liberal Movement of Lithuania), European Parliament’s rapporteur on this matter, said the aim of this report is to provide a critical analysis of the EU’s actions and provide answers on what the EU can do more:
“There was a firm understanding and agreement that the EU is and shall remain the lead defender of human rights in the world, together with the UN system. But if we want the EU to be more effective, human rights clauses must be mainstreamed in all our external policies and agreements, including trade. Deepening political and economic ties with EU partner countries is our fundamental objective, but for this goal to be achieved we should aim at making better use of human rights conditionality.”