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

ARENA Marie

Chair
Belgium

GLUCKSMANN Raphaël

Vice-chair
France

SANTOS Isabel

Coordinator
Portugal

COZZOLINO Andrea

Member
Italy

KÖSTER Dietmar

Member
Germany

SÁNCHEZ AMOR Nacho

Member
Spain

MANDA Claudiu

Substitute
Romania

NOICHL Maria

Substitute
Germany

NEUSER Norbert

Substitute
Germany

PISAPIA Giuliano

Substitute
Italy

See our latest actions

Press release

S&D: Covid-19 is another urgent reason for the immediate release of all prisoners of conscience

Press release

S&Ds condemn the decision by Russia to ban the European Endowment for Democracy on its territory

Press release

S&Ds witness deeply concerning conditions in camps on Bosnian border

Position papers

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S&D Group Position Paper for a renewed Africa-EU Partnership

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S&D position paper on migration & asylum

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S&D position paper on LGBTI rights

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Towards a Digital Union - Our Progressive Vision

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Sustainable development agenda post-2015

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Let's unblock the "maternity leave" directive! Or why this is not an old-fashioned text

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DEVE (Development) policy paper for development and humanitarian aid priorities 2014-2019

Related documents

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