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. We organse exchanges of views, hearings, missions, press statements and follow-up to he urgency resolutions which are debated in the Parliament’s plenary sessions.
As a member of the DROI Committee, my work involve scrutinising the implementation of EU human rights policy and its impact, and to look 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 work 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. Our work aims to ensure that the utmost importance Human Rights is mainstreamed across all policy areas dealt with by the European Parliament.
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 arested 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.