To celebrate International Women's Day, I hosted a large group of visitors to EU Parliament. I hosted two events; the first of which focused on initiatives to support sufferers of PTSD in the wake of violent conflicts.
With my recent appointment to the EU Foreign Affairs Committee, I have used this platform to pursue an issue which was one of the main motivations for me to enter European Parliament: the defence of human rights; challenging violations wherever they occur, and whoever perpetrates them. I was pleased, therefore, to be able to deliver this speech in Parliament as a call to action to the international community to ensure that the shocking breaches of International Law in Eastern Ghouta are investigated, and to bring pressure to bear on all actors to cease violence against civilians.
I was proud to play a role in the drafting of a resolution delivered to EU Parliament on the situation of the Maldives. The motion, which passed, called on the EU Council to take a more robust approach to the deterioration of human rights in the country. In an eleven-point resolution, we asked the EU Council to press for the Maldivian Government to restore Parliament, release political prisoners, undertake anti-corruption measures, and to restore the freedom of the press.
The Rohingya Are Citizens Of Nowhere: The EU Must Be A Strong Voice For Them
We need to be bolder; we need a coordinated international response to this crisis
Terrible tragedies, such as the massacres in Rwanda, Srebrenica, Aleppo and now Myanmar produce a collective “never again” from the international community.
The UN has described the situation as the world’s “fastest growing refugee crisis,” and the Myanmar military offensive...
WATCH: In the UK or the US, extremism of any kind should find no home
My Report from Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp in Bangladesh, where the Rohingya community has taken refuge!
Kashmir Solidarity Day. The use of pellet guns against children in Kashmir and other human rights violations must end. Kashmiris cannot wait another 70 years for self-determination.
The only prediction I'll make for 2018: it's not going to be boring.
It's been a really busy January in the European Parliament. One Strasbourg session and plenty of committee meetings, but also some important additional things too:
It was my distinct pleasure to welcome Pakistan Minister for Defense, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan and former Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza to dinner last night.