We are staunch defenders of human rights. The Subcommittee's responsibilities include matters relating to human rights, the protection of minorities and the promotion of democratic values outside the EU.

Our achievements

We led the European Parliament debates that demanded an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia for its flagrant breach of international humanitarian law in Yemen. We repeatedly voiced our concerns about developments in Turkey, which led to the European Parliament formally suspending accession talks. We have consistently supported the International Criminal Court, and the international criminal justice system.

We have always held the EP’s Sakharov Prize in high esteem, as it is an important means of honouring and paying tribute to the courage shown, and sacrifices made by defenders of human rights around the world. In this regard, we are extremely proud that we were successful in our support for Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, both of whom received the Sakharov Prize, and have gone on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize as well.

MEPs involved

ARENA Marie
Chair
Belgium
SANTOS Isabel
Coordinator
Portugal
COZZOLINO Andrea
Member
Italy
GLUCKSMANN Raphaël
Member
France
KÖSTER Dietmar
Member
Germany
SÁNCHEZ AMOR Ignacio
Member
Spain
MANDA Claudiu
Substitute
Romania
NOICHL Maria
Substitute
Germany
GILL Neena
Substitute
United Kingdom
NEUSER Norbert
Substitute
Germany

See our latest actions

Press release

S&Ds: EU must do more to defend LGBTI people in Europe and around the world

Press release

S&Ds call on Turkey to respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus

Press release

S&Ds push for more funds in the EU 2021-2027 budget to support third countries, including for development, human rights and climate goals

Position papers

Position paper
Published:
S&D Group Position Paper for a renewed Africa-EU Partnership
Position paper
Published:
S&D position paper on migration & asylum
Position paper
Published:
S&D position paper on LGBTI rights
Position paper
Published:
Towards a Digital Union - Our Progressive Vision
Position paper
Published:
Sustainable development agenda post-2015
Position paper
Published:
Let's unblock the "maternity leave" directive! Or why this is not an old-fashioned text
Position paper
Published:
DEVE (Development) policy paper for development and humanitarian aid priorities 2014-2019

Related documents

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Proposals for a S&D position towards the Western Balkans and their ‘European perspective’