15 Sep: Civil society, the missing link in addressing corruption and human rights violations.

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

Corruption and human rights in third countries are frequently discussed in foreign policy debates in Brussels and this year the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the European Union to integrate the fight against corruption into its human rights agenda. It also emphasised that the EU had a duty to protect anti-corruption associations, investigative journalists and whistle-blowers who work to expose corruption and human rights violations. The adoption of this resolution follows the adoption of a similar one made in 2017 under the previous parliamentary mandate. 

In both the …

08 Jul: Human rights: MEPs want corruption punished under EU sanctions regime

(Source: European Parliament)

Corruption is still not considered a crime that can lead to targeted restrictive measuresMEPs should be able to propose cases of serious human rights violationsQualified majority voting should be introduced when sanctions are adoptedCall for swift and coordinated EU response to retaliatory sanctions by third countries

Parliament has adopted a resolution welcoming the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, while calling for corruption to be included as a punishable offence.

Corruption has a devastating impact on the state of human rights, and often undermines the functioning and legitimacy of institutions and the rule of law, the resolution …