Category Archives: Human rights

Tannock: “cautiously optimistic” about Zimbabwe future

Charles Tannock, MEP (UK, ECR), member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament shares his views on possible democratic developments in Zimbabwe in the aftermath of Robert Mugabe impeachment. Although an emerging new leader of the country Emmerson Mnangagwa used to be Mugabe’s closes aid, Tannock does not exclude the changes towards democratisation in domestic and foreign policy during Mnangagwa presidency. Tannock claims the European Parliament has been always paying greatest attention to the situation in Zimbabwe, calling the government in numerous resolutions to respect human rights and rule of law. However a glimpse of hope for better future for Zimbabweans came with a new leadership, the MEPs follow with keen attention Emmerson Mnangagwa’ next steps.


#SA2018EU: Conference on South Africa challenges

The South Africa challenges is focus of a conference taking place in European Parliament on 30th of January 2018, hosted by MEP Janice Atkinson (UK).

Members of the European Parliament, of the ENF Mouvement (MENF) and their guests will discuss a range of issues the country’s leadership faces, including political, economic and financial, however the human rights remain the speakers major concern.

“These brutal killings, some encouraged by Marxist political leaders who want to nationalise the banks and mines and forcibly take control of the winelands and farms, are truly horrific” – Janice Atkinson said, after witnessing ‘Black Monday’ during her visit to South Africa, when farmers came together to protest against the brutal murder and torture on farmers, their families and their workers, both black and white.

“Yet no real statistics are kept by the government, numbers are disputed by the state against the victims. Rapes are off the scale – 41,000 in 2015/16.  What South Africa and the EU’s Sweden have in common is they are at the top of the league table as the rape capitals of the world” – Atkinson continued, sharing widespread fears of the degrading effects of the violent Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) advocating wholesale nationalisation, black empowerment by seizure of land and assets and violence against the whites and other minorities.

In case the violent Marxist impulses win hearts of electorate in the next elections, the South Africa descends into chaos in 2019 hitting hard agriculture, tourism, ecosystems of the coast, sea and  land conservation projects in the safari parcs.  Everything that the EU says it holds dear will descend into another Zimbabwe, but worse, Atkinson warns.

Guest speaker is Dr CORNE MULDER – chairperson of the Freedom Front Plus´ Constitutional Committee (South Africa), with participation of Nicolas BAY (France) MEP, Front National and ENF Co-President; Gerolf ANNEMANS (Belgium-Vlaanderen), MEP for Vlaams Belang and President of MENF.

The conference takes place on 30 January 17.00-19.00 in room PHS 7C 050, European Parliament, Brussels. The event will be lived streamed via MENF on Facebook, participation is also possible with comments and questions via Twitter hashtag: #SA2018EU.


Conference SA




EU calls Cameroon to act with restraint

Tensions in North-Western and South-Western Cameroon have risen over recent weeks, with a risk of further escalation.

“All the stakeholders need to act responsibly and with restraint, abiding by the rule of law, and to abstain from any acts of violence” –  says a statement of the spokesperson of the EU External Action Service on the situation in Western Cameroon.

The EU encourages the Cameroonian authorities to pursue their efforts to bring about sustainable solutions in response to the concerns of the Anglophone citizens.

Only an open and inclusive dialogue can lead to a solution which is in the interest of all Cameroonians while respecting the unity and integrity of the country.


Gabon’ dangers of human rights abuses

“One year after the heavily contested presidential elections in Gabon, the situation has reached a stalemate, with no prospect of a political solution to the country’s divisions and to the crisis” – said the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini, addressing September plenary of the European Parliament.

“It is quite clear to us that the new restrictive and repressive measures imposed on the opposition escalate the political and social tensions. In a moment when tempers are running high, also because of the downward economic trend, this is a very dangerous path to follow” – Mogherini continued.

“We expect all parties to refrain from any statement or action that may fuel further tension. Gabonese law guarantees freedom of expression, assembly, movement and access to media for all the citizens of the country. This means that no one should be subject to arbitrary and legally unjustified arrests and restrictions.”

“…Truth must be established and those responsible for any violations must be brought to justice. The session of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances on Gabon was an opportunity for the government to take more seriously the numerous and well documented allegations of human rights abuses.”


EU response to MSF on Libya migrants

The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, on accused the European Union and national governments of funding the criminal abuse of migrants in detention centers in Libya.

Libya’s EU-sponsored coast guard is picking up migrants trying to flee to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea and sending them back to Libya’s detention system, which is “a thriving enterprise of kidnapping, torture and extortion,” MSF International President Joanne said in an open letter to EU governments:

“European governments have chosen to contain people in this situation. People cannot be sent back to Libya, nor should they be contained there,” she wrote.

The EU’s executive Commission denied the allegations on cruel treatment of migrants in Libya and said that its priority is in fact to end the “vicious cycle” that sees people brought to the conflict-torn country by smugglers and then trapped in camps or detention centers.

Lifting state of emergency in Ethiopia

The lifting of the State of Emergency, which was established ten months ago following violent protests throughout the country, by the Ethiopian Parliament is a step in the right direction, particularly in the run-up to the 2018 local elections, European External Action Service (EEAS) statement says.

“Continued efforts on all sides are still required to address the grievances that led to the protests. Sustainable solutions require inclusive, constructive dialogue and political reform, as well as a peaceful and democratic environment in which criticism and shortcomings can be constructively addressed in Ethiopia. Further violence would only hamper this process, ” EEAS.

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