EU Parliamentarians call for stronger EU-China relations, but condemn China’s human rights records

A vast majority of Members of the European Parliament pushed through a non-legislative resolution calling for the deepening of EU-China relations and for promoting EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

The resolution on EU-China relations was adopted by 554 votes in favour, 50 against and 99 abstentions. All the EU political groups voted in favour of the text with the exception of the majority of the far-right group of Marine Le Pen that opposed it and the Eurosceptic EFDD group and the Radical-left group GUE-NGL that abstained. Continue Reading

Human Rights and Democracy report backed by the majority of the MEPs

Members of the Parliament adopted the EU’s annual report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2013. The report was supported by 390 votes in favour, 151 against and 97 abstentions. Click here to see how the MEPs voted.

Among other topics, the adopted report puts a particular focus on the question of human rights in relations with EU partners, including China and Russia. The report discussed the challenges posed by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, whether this policy of aggression is a Russia’s continuation towards authoritarian rule, with a worsening human rights situation inside the country. Continue Reading

EU parliamentarians push to end flogging of Saudi blogger

The EU parliamentarians adopted a non-legislative resolution strongly condemning the flogging of Mr Raif Badawi by the Saudi Arabian authorities.

The resolution, signed by all the EU political groups, except the Christian democrats (EPP), was adopted by 460 votes in favour, 153 against and 29 abstentions. The EPP group voted against the resolution and explained that it could not support the text as it stands because it associates Saudi Arabia with the organisation Islamic State, in regard to the type of punishments used. Continue Reading