The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on EU cooperation with the Arab League on counter-terrorism. Alyn Smith MEP, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee negotiated the report for his political group and supported the compromise.Read more
“The EU must stand united against human rights abuses by the Saudi authorities.”
Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, has called for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to take all necessary steps to secure the immediate release of all prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia, including liberal blogger Raif Badawi.Read more
SNP member of the European Parliament, Alyn Smith, has highlighted the increased fears over political and security upheaval in Yemen during a debate in Strasbourg this week and called on the EU and international community to fully engage in state building in Yemen.Read more
Saudi Arabia urged to immediately release all prisoners of conscience.
Alyn Smith, SNP member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee, has pressed yesterday (Thursday) for the immediate release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and other online activists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and hailed strong MEP support, unusual from an institution usually much more muted in any criticism of Saudi Arabia.Read more
UK urged to come clean on involvement in secret rendition flights.
SNP Member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Alyn Smith has hailed the adoption of a resolution today (11 February) urging EU member states, including the UK, to acknowledge involvement in secret flights operated by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) linked to illegal interrogations and torture, breaching international law.Read more
“Syria has become the biggest humanitarian disaster of our era”
Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee, who has been campaigning in Europe to secure an increase of funding and a better-coordinated response to the Syrian conflict, has today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement of additional aid to assist the victims of the Syrian war, which has triggered the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
Helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon through the harsh winter. Image by UNHCR via flickrRead more
Scottish member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs committee Alyn Smith has urged the Arab League to be more supportive of civil society organisations and to promote human rights among its members.Read more
“We have a duty towards the Egyptian people, do not dash their hopes"
SNP Member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Alyn Smith, has hailed the approval of a strong resolution calling for the EU to take a much stronger role in encouraging reform in Egypt.Read more
Scottish MEP demands to see the legal guidance that the UK government is using to tear Scottish families apart
In 2012 the UK Government introduced a set of laws that break up families, couples and separate parents from their children simply because they do not have enough money.Read more