Shrinking Spaces, Brussel - Parlementaire monitor

Parlementaire monitor
Woensdag 13 november 2019
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Atomium in Brussel.
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PRESENTATION

Civil society organisations are increasingly under pressure in Europe. NGOs engaged in helping refugees as well as human rights defenders fighting against rule of law backsliding are criminalised, intimidated and charged with legal restrictions. They face an hostile climate of harassment and intimidation. The conference “Shrinking spaces: Policing humanitarianism and human rights defenders” will address how the criminalisation affects the rights of citizens and discuss ways to protect NGOs and human rights defenders.

DRAFT PROGRAMME

9:00

Accreditation at the EP entrance Place Luxembourg

9:30

Introduction by Erik Marquardt MEP, Greens/EFA

9:40

Dunja Mijatović, Human Rights Commission of the Council of Europe (tbc)

Key note speech on the broader context and the political and social consequences of policing solidarity and human rights defenders

10:00

Panel I: CRIMINALIZING SOLIDARITY

Chair: Damien Carême, MEP, Greens/EFA

Guest speakers :

  • Sergio Carerra, Senior Research Fellow at CEPS (tbc): Policing of NGOs helping refugees and migrations on the rise in Europe - an overview
  • Zoe Katharina, Representative of Iuventa 10: Prosecuting the rescuers
  • Cedric Herrou (tbc): The criminalization of migrants and people committed to humanity
  • Violeta Moreno-Lax (tbc), Queen Mary University of London (tbc): Legal problems with the EU Facilitators Package
  • Michele LeVoy, Director of PICUM: What the EU can do to stop the criminalisation of NGOs? - Policy recommendations

11:15

Coffee break

11:35

Panel II: SHRINKING SPACES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Chair: Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, MEP, Greens/EFA

Guest speakers:

  • Natacha Kazatchkine, Head of Team, Internal EU Policy, Open Society European Policy Institute: Crackdown of civil society in Hungary
  • Szymon Ananicz, the Stefan Bakori Foundation : What else the EU should do to protect human rights defenders - policy recommendations

12:50

Conclusions: Tineke Strik, MEP, Greens/EFA

13:00

lunch (sandwiches and drinks will be provided)

14:00

Networking Roundtable - invitation only


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Groenen/Europese Vrije Alliantie (Groenen/EVA)

In de fractie van De Groenen/Europese Vrije Alliantie (EVA) werken sinds 1999 Groenen en regionale groeperingen ('vertegenwoordigers van stateloze naties') uit verschillende Europese landen met elkaar samen in het Europees Parlement i. GroenLinks i is aangesloten bij de Groenen/EVA, net als de Fryske Nasjonale Partij (FNP). De Belg Philippe Lamberts i en de Duitse Ska Keller i zijn duo-voorzitter van de Groenen/EVA-groep in het Europees Parlement.

De Groenen/EVA streven naar een Europa met meer oog voor mensenrechten, milieu en een open bestuur.

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