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Caesar Syria torture evidence exhibition in European Parliament

Alyn Smith MEP, Scottish member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has hosted a public exhibition of the evidence of torture in Syria at the European Parliament, after it was shown by the US Congress and UN HQ in New York.

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Alyn backs consumer calls for country of origin labelling

Alyn Smith MEP has today backed a consumer campaign by consumer association Which? to include the country of origin on milk and other dairy products. 

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Humanitarian crisis in Syria worsening: EU pledges additional €64 million in aid

SNP member of the European Parliament, Alyn Smith, has welcomed the European Commission’s announcement of additional €64 million humanitarian support for the victims of Syria’s crisis, following further large-scale displacements of people across Syria and in neighbouring countries.

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Alyn Smith MEP welcomes release of Bahraini human rights defender

Scottish Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament MEP Alyn Smith congratulated the King of Bahrain in a letter today, commending his decision to release a leading human rights defender from prison who had been sentenced to 6 months in prison for a tweet criticizing the Bahraini authorities.

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Bahrain's human rights record takes centre-stage in the EP

Speaking in the European Parliament yesterday (Thursday), Alyn Smith MEP, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, raised the case of Nabeel Rajab and other human rights defenders imprisoned in the Arab Gulf state of Bahrain.

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Middle East security report adopted by European Parliament

“Europe needs a credible security strategy for Middle East” – Alyn Smith MEP

Alyn Smith MEP, SNP member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, commended the final report of the European Parliament on state of the Middle East and North Africa, at a historical and difficult time for both regions.

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LGBTI rights included in European Neighbourhood Policy

In a major boost to global LGBTI rights, the European Parliament today (Thursday) voted to emphasise the rights of minorities in the European Neighbourhood Policy. 

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EP debates dire humanitarian situation in Yemen

“Yemen mustn't become a forgotten conflict" – Alyn Smith MEP

Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday (Wednesday) Alyn Smith MEP, member of the Foreign Affair’s Committee questioned the legality of the air strikes led by the Saudi-led coalition, supported by the US and the UK, which led to the humanitarian crisis and atrocities in Yemen.

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Pirate Party and SNP join forces to protect Freedom of Panorama

Scotland’s photographers and filmmakers breathed a sigh of relief today as the European Parliament voted to protect existing Freedom of Panorama laws.

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SNP reject messy TTIP compromise

Welcome to my latest TTIP update (the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), my previous updates can be found here.

I am sorry to report that today the European parliament adopted the Lange TTIP report by 426 votes to 241. This is not the same as adopting TTIP itself but the report is important because it should lay out the clear red lines that are acceptable to MEPs.

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