Local human rights campaigner facing 7 years in Thai prison

Andy HallLocal human rights campaigner, Andy Hall, is facing up to 7 years in a Thai prison for raising instances of modern slavery in Thailand. Andy, whose parents Des and Pat are based in Lincolnshire, awaits the start of his trial …

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Raif Badawi Awarded Sakharov Prize

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Sadly this year has seen various tragedies linked to freedom of expression, many of which occurred in Europe. I remain committed to freedom of expression and strongly oppose the abuse of basic human rights. It is vitally …

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Labour MEP calls for EU action to help local human rights campaigner

gw picGlenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, has been campaigning with the TUC for EU action to support the plight of a local human rights campaigner.

Andy Hall has fought to protect human rights in South East Asia for …

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Labour MEP supports freedom of speech campaigner

Raif BadawiDear Editor,

I’m sure that many readers have been following the awful plight of Raif Badawi, the blogger in Saudi Arabia, who has been subjected to lashing and  imprisonment for promoting religious freedom.

I have been campaigning to raise awareness …

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Local Euro MP reaffirms commitment to the people of Kashmir and calls for European Parliament hearing

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Glenis Willmott, East Midlands MEP, co-founder and co-chair of the Friends of Kashmir group in the European Parliament, has been discussing human rights abuses and obstacles to justice in Kashmir as part of Kashmir-EU week.

Glenis Willmott met this week …

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Open letter: LGBTI rights should be a non-negotiable part of EU Membership

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Last weekend saw riot police in Istanbul, Turkey, using tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon to disperse the annual gay pride parade. It is not clear why police tried to disrupt the riot, and why such heavy-handed …

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Labour MEP pushes for further action over Raif Badawi case

Raif Badawi

An East Midlands MEP has expressed her concern over the continued detention of Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi after he was sentenced to 1000 lashes and 10 years in prison followed by a 10 year travel ban. He has already …

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Labour MEP welcomes update on Raif Badawi case

Raif Badawi

An East Midlands MEP has welcomed a reply from the EU’s top foreign minister on the case of Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 1000 lashes in Saudi Arabia last year. Glenis Willmott MEP had raised the issue directly with …

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Labour MEP calls for immediate release of Raif Badawi

Raif BadawiGlenis Willmott MEP has voted for a resolution in the European Parliament calling for the blogger Raif Badawi to be released immediately and unconditionally. Raif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes in May 2014, as a …

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Labour MEP joins demands for an end to FGM

FGMAn East Midlands MEP has joined fellow MEPs and activists across the world in demanding an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Today marks International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM and many events are taking place to highlight the …

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