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Sakharov Prize 2020: interviews with the laureates

The award ceremony for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, conferred upon the Belarusian democratic opposition, will be held on 16 December. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday 16 December, at noon. Journalists can express their interest in conducting an online interview with representatives of the

MEPs to take stock of the political and human rights situation in Belarus

The tense political and human rights situation in Belarus will be discussed by Members on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Subcommittee on Human Rights on Tuesday and Wednesday. Members on the Subcommittee on Human Rights and invited experts will debate the international efforts to investigate human rights abuses

MEPs condemn Turkey’s activities in Varosha, Cyprus, and call for sanctions

Turkey must refrain from any action that alters Cyprus’ demographic balanceEU-Turkey relations at a historic lowCall for tough sanctions in response to Turkey’s illegal actions Turkey’s decision to “open” the sealed-off suburb of Varosha undermines prospects of a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem, warn MEPs. In

COVID-19 and foreign policy: EU must defend its interests and values

MEPs concerned about a lack of transparency related to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and disinformation campaignsGovernments using pandemic to pursue political agendasNeed for a strong global sanctions regime to address serious human rights violations MEPs call for the EU to be more assertive on the