EU Member States must not use tech to violate rights at home and abroad.
The European Parliament has affirmed its commitment to protecting human rights in Strasbourg today (Tuesday), approving a report on technology and the impact of intrusion and surveillance systems on human rights. The report attempts to take stock of to what extent growth in IT and changes in communications remains in keeping with long established human rights principles.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
“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.Read more
MEP Alyn Smith, Scottish member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, finally received approval from the European Parliament's President to host a highly sensitive exhibition on human rights violations in Syria, after the same exhibition was hosted by the US Congress and UN HQ in New York.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament for Scotland has applauded a historic decision of the US Supreme Court, which ruled today that gay and lesbian couples across the country have a constitutional right to marry under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.Read more
The UN Refugee Agency steps up efforts to manage the crisis.
SNP member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Alyn Smith has welcomed publication of the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) plan for enhanced operational response and assistance to countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, faced with significant numbers of migrants and refugees seeking to enter Europe.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP, Scottish member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has warned EU representatives of the danger of inadvertently assisting the Assad regime, as a lesser evil compared to ISIS and the impact our actions have in the eyes of the population of Syria.Read more