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

PANZERI Pier Antonio
Chair
Italy
POST Soraya
Coordinator
Sweden
VALENCIANO MARTÍNEZ-OROZCO Elena
Member
Spain
WEIDENHOLZER Josef
Member
Austria
ASSIS Francisco
Member
Portugal
CRISTEA Andi
Member
Romania
KHAN Wajid
Member
United Kingdom
MARTIN David
Member
United Kingdom
ANDROULAKIS Nikos
Substitute
Greece
DRAGHICI Damian
Substitute
Romania

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

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