In 2019, following the European elections, I was appointed to the European Parliament’s Committee on Human Rights (DROI). This Committee is responsible for overseeing respect for human rights around the world as part of the EU’s external policies. The DROI committee organises exchanges of views, hearings, missions, press statements and follow-up to the urgency resolutions which are debated in the Parliament’s plenary sessions.
I remained a member of the DROI Committee until December 2020. My work involved scrutinising the implementation of EU human rights policy and its impact, and looking closely at how this policy contributes to the overall promotion of respect for human rights, the rule of law and democracy in the EU’s partner countries.
We worked closely with a broad range of Human Rights actors, such as UN counterparts, representatives of regional human rights organisations, partner country officials, national human rights institutions, and international, regional and local civil society organisations. The work of the DROI Committee aims to ensure that Human Rights are not only maintained but prioritised across all policy areas dealt with by the European Parliament.
Despite no longer being a member of the DROI Committee, I continue to work to strengthen Human Rights.
Every plenary session in Strasbourg, Parliament holds debates on issues of an urgent nature relating to serious breaches of Human Rights around the world. Since I was first elected as an MEP in 2009, I have contributed to these debates and resolutions. I feel they are vitally important as they give us an opportunity to put a spotlight on these issues, and call for international action to put a halt to the Human Rights abuses in Question. The urgency resolutions we adopt following the debates can be found here.
Past examples of Human Rights violations I have spoken strongly against have been the treatment of LGBTI people in Uganda, the case of Ukrainian Political Prisoners, and the case of Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish student who was at the time imprisoned in Egypt having been arrested at a protest. Our Parliamentary resolution on his case was an important step in efforts to have Ibrahim returned home to Dublin to resume his studies.