MEP Alyn Smith has today (Thursday) collated some of the international reaction to the appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, and warned it makes for dispiriting reading.Read more
I was dreading going back to Brussels this week, but I have never had so many hugs, tears and best wishes from colleagues. I was fighting back tears myself as I reported to our political group how the campaign went. Sometimes people forget politicians are actually human beings, we’re passionate about what we do and emotional creatures like everyone else. A lot of us are still working through a sort of grief at something we all lost on June 23. Something that was taken away.
First published in The Sunday Herald, 18 October 2015Read more
"I very much appreciated the message of your First Minister to EU citizens in Scotland, as did my daughter studying at Glasgow university. Let me know how I can help Scotland.”
This a text message from a senior EU official, and the moment my own mood changed. The scale of last Thursday’s events has barely sunk in. Across the continent people are stunned, sad, horrified.
First published in The National, 28 June 2016Read more
Alyn Smith MEP is joining the campaign to have the Kurdish PYD end the use of child soldiers in Syria, organised by the European Center for Kurdish Studies.
Following detailed reports of human rights violations by the Kurdish PYD organisation in Syria, notably by Amnesty and Human Rights Watch, the Scottish member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee argued that "war was no excuse" for such gross human rights violations.Read more
In today's plenary debate on Syria with the EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini, Alyn Smith MEP warned that accountability was key for the future of Syria. After hosting an important exhibition on crimes against humanity in Syria last year and inviting leading independent reporters from the field, the Scottish member of the Foreign Affairs Committee called on the EU to support the documentation of war crimes and human rights violations in Syria.Read more
EU Parliament wants Saudi Arabia to stop bombing civilians.
Following weeks of negotiations over an amendment calling for an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, a historical vote was confirmed today with the Parliament approving a call for an EU-wide arms embargo against Saudi Arabia until alleged breaches of international humanitarian law in Yemen have been fully investigated. Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, has led efforts on this on behalf of his group.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP has sent an urgent letter to Turkey's Ambassador today, with the support of leading members of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, to request the immediate release of award-winning Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah, detained in Turkey since the 17th of February.Read more
Alyn Smith shocked at "scope and scale of fortifications".
A leading Israeli peace advocacy organisation, Peace Now, has released a damning report on the expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank, which found that despite the Israeli Government declarations of a “freeze”, construction on the ground is continuing in full force.Read more
Israeli Government under pressure to reverse demolition orders and halt settlement expansion.
The EU has slammed recent Israeli activity in the occupied West Bank, saying it threatened to undermine the viability of a future Palestinian state.
Alyn Smith MEP, SNP member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, has strongly condemned last week's demolitions of Palestinian homes near the West Bank city of Hebron, some of which were constructed with EU funding.Read more
Scottish MEP leads EU efforts calling for release of Mohammed Ramadan.
Scottish member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Alyn Smith MEP, has led an urgency resolution on political detainee, Mohammed Ramadan, who is facing imminent execution in Bahrain.Read more