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February 11, 2014
Torture exists not only in movies

Last week, during the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, the members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) had to also attend committee meetings. Although they usually take place in Brussels, in some urgent or extraordinary cases the meetings are also held in Strasbourg. This time, AFET members voted on the draft report on eradication of torture in the world. The adoption of this report is foreseen for the EP plenary in March. (Read more...)

February 07, 2014
EP plenary session: Ukraine and Russia in focus

This February, the Members of the European Parliament will visit Strasbourg for two plenary sessions. The agenda of the first session featured a number of topics important in our everyday life, including the rights of air passengers, distribution of music online, documentation related to moving into another EU country, the rights of seasonal workers, and others. (Read more...)

January 30, 2014
Welcome to West Papua?

If you plan to visit Indonesia, a country praised for its economic and democratic progress in the recent decades, you will most probably visit Jakarta, Bali, Sumatra and Java islands. But you will definitely not go to West Papua and not because this province in the west of the New Guinea island lacks of beautiful nature or unique culture. (Read more...)

January 27, 2014
MEPs working on human rights encouraged to be optimists and not realists

The end of the term and the upcoming elections shape the agenda of the European Parliament in Brussels. Although the last committee sessions will take place in April, the Subcommittee on Human Rights, a member of which is Leonidas Donskis, still has a lot of work before it. Last week, the Subcommittee discussed a number of well-known human rights issues together with some topics new for the European Parliament. (Read more...)

January 22, 2014
Six years imprisonment for speaking the truth on Tibet

Yesterday, the film by Dhondup Wangchen "Leaving Fear Behind" was screened in an event organised by Leonidas Donskis and the NGO International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) in the European Parliament in Brussels. This 25 minutes documentary by the self-taught Tibetan filmmaker reveals the personal tragedy of Dhondup Wangchen and the overall situation of human rights in Tibet. (Read more...)

January 16, 2014
In January EP session Lithuanian Presidency in focus for the last time

In the first Strasbourg plenary session of 2014, the six month long Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council officially finished. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite presented the results of the Presidency term in a debate with Members of the European Parliament and in the presence of the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. (Read more...)

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