Malala Yousafzai wins EU human rights award
Euractiv: “Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year old Pakistani who nearly lost her life for advocating girls’ education in her country, is this year’s winner of the Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament’s prestigious freedom of thought award. She is also seen as a frontrunner for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala’s victory came as no surprise as she was nominated by the three largest political groups in the European Parliament – the European People’s Party (EPP), the Socialists and Democrats and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.
She is also a favourite among experts and betting agencies to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
16 year old Malala was rewarded for speaking out in favour of girls’ education in Pakistan. In 2009 she started a blog for the BBC’s Urdu section under a pseudonym, which led to threats from Taliban groups and eventually an assassination attempt last year, when she was shot in the head while on a school bus in northwestern Pakistan. She then recovered after receiving treatment in Britain’s Birmingham hospital.
“By awarding the Sakharov Prize to Malala Yousafzai, the European Parliament acknowledges the incredible strength of this young woman,” said European Parliament President Martin Schulz.
“Malala bravely stands for the right of all children to be granted a fair education. This right for girls is far too commonly neglected,” Schulz said, stressing that today (11 October) was International Day of the Girl Child, making her award all the more significant.
“She is an icon of courage for all teenagers who dare to pursue their aspirations and, like a candle, she lights a path out of darkness,” said Joseph Daul, chairman of the centre-right EPP group…”
Also on the same topic:
DROITS DE L’HOMME Malala Yousufzai : la Rosa Parks du Pakistan: http://www.courrierinternational.com/article/2013/10/10/malala-yousufzai-la-rosa-parks-du-pakistan.
Malala, la jeune Pakistanaise, veut être Premier ministre: http://www.lalibre.be/dernieres-depeches/afp/malala-la-jeune-pakistanaise-veut-etre-premier-ministre-52579de5357043b538582700
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French Travellers await court decision
Human Rights Europe: “Next week, judges will reveal their decision on a complaint against France brought by Travellers who protest that their eviction from private land breached human rights law.
The European Court of Human Rights’ judgement in the case Winterstein and Others v. France (no. 27013/07) is expected on 17 October.
The applicants are 25 French nationals, applying on their own behalf and on behalf of their underage children, and the association ATD Quart Monde.
The case concerns the eviction proceedings brought against a number of traveller families. Relying in particular on Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life), taken alone and in conjunction with Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination), the applicants allege that their rights were infringed by the order for their eviction from the land they were occupying in the municipality of Herblay.
The families had been living for several years in the same place and some of them had been born there. They belonged to a group of 95 people who had settled on private land which was intended for camping and caravanning and which, according to the land-use plan, was located in a ‘protected natural area.’…”
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La directive « retour » devant son juge : précisions importantes de la Cour de justice
Gdr-Elsj: par Marie Garcia, CDRE. “Septembre aura été un mois fructueux pour la directive 2008/115/CE du 16 décembre 2008 relative aux normes et procédures communes applicables dans les Etats membres au retour des ressortissants de pays tiers en séjour irrégulier (directive « retour » dans la suite de l’article). Lors de deux renvois préjudiciels, le juge de l’Union en a précisé le sens, au regard tout d’abord de la méconnaissance du droit d’être entendu dans le cadre d’une décision de prolongation de la rétention, et à propos ensuite de ses effets dans le temps…”
EU action in the fields of migration and asylum
Europa Rapid: “The European Union is developing a broad range of policies and instruments to manage the increasing challenge of migration, security of external borders and asylum. It does so in full respect with human rights and fundamental values. The EU action is complementing the competencies and action of Member States who in many cases (like in the area of residence permits, asylum decisions, reception of refugees, external border management etc.) retain exclusive competences. This MEMO provides an overview of current activities.
1. Surveillance and external border controls
The European Commission assists Member States in managing an increasing influx of migrants and asylum seekers and protecting the life of migrants trying to reach European shores.
The European Union aims to be an area of protection for those non-EU nationals coming to Europe to seek protection from persecution or violence. This means providing access to asylum procedures and dignified and decent conditions for those who apply for asylum (asylum seekers) and those granted protection (refugees). Asylum seekers are not irregular migrants and have the right to remain on the territory of an EU Member State during the period of their asylum application. Europe also addresses the issue of irregular migration and aims to ensure that we have a humane return policy with clear, transparent and fair common rules for the return of persons coming to the EU irregularly or those who have overstayed their visa-free period of up to three months, and who do not have the intention to seek protection…”
Parliament calls for humanitarian conference on Syrian refugee crisis
European Parliament News: “The EU should convene a humanitarian conference aimed at helping Syria’s neighbouring countries to cope with the still-growing influx of refugees, said the European Parliament in a resolution passed on Wednesday. MEPs urged the EU to go on providing humanitarian aid and support to refugees and to guarantee them safe entry and access to fair asylum procedures in the EU.
The humanitarian conference on the Syrian refugee crisis should explore ways to help refugee host countries in the region (in particular Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq) to cope with still-growing refugee populations and to keep their borders open to all Syrian refugees, MEPs say. Thousands of Syrians flee to neighbouring countries every day. The UN forecasts that 3.5 million refugees will have left Syria by the end of 2013.
Besides humanitarian aid, the conference should also focus on strengthening the EU’s role and involvement in diplomatic efforts to help end the conflict in Syria, adds the text.
Speaking for the European Commission in the debate, Commissioner Barnier agreed to the organisation of such a conference.
Parliament calls on the EU, as the largest humanitarian aid donor in the Syrian crisis, to “continue its generous funding” to meet the needs of the Syrian people…”