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15-09-2016 05:19 PM CEST

General : Journalist Can Dndar and fellow defenders of freedom of thought and expression in Turkey, the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzemilev, the Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar as well as Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti are this year's nominees for the Sakharov Prize. The Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize every year to honour exceptional individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. The laureate is selected in late October.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
15-09-2016 12:52 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : EU countries must honour their pledges to accept refugees relocated from Greece and Italy, to relieve migratory pressure on these two frontline countries, and at the same time discourage irregular entries by opening up legal and safe routes to the EU, MEPs said on Thursday.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
15-09-2016 12:49 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : As wildlife trafficking is now the fourth largest black market and endangers many species, the EU should help curb demand, inter alia with an EU-wide ban on trade in ivory, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. This sets out MEPs priorities for the 17th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, Johannesburg, 24 September5 October), which the EU will attend for the first time as a party to the convention.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
15-09-2016 12:37 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : The European Parliament endorsed the candidature of Sir Julian King as Commissioner for the Security Union. He was nominated by the UK government after Lord Jonathan Hill resigned in the wake of the Brexit vote in June.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
15-09-2016 12:32 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : An EU Commission proposal for a standard European travel document to speed up the return of non-EU nationals staying irregularly in EU member states without valid passports or identity cards was approved by Parliament on Thursday. A key aim for MEPs has been to strengthen the forms security features and technical safeguards, so as to promote its acceptance by third countries. To enter into force, the new regulation still needs to be formally approved by the Council of Ministers.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
15-09-2016 12:18 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : Parliament condemns the current wave of extrajudicial executions and killings in the Philippines, deteriorating security and widespread intimidation in Somalia, and growing violence against demonstrators and breaches of human rights in Zimbabwe, in three resolutions voted on Thursday.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
15-09-2016 12:15 PM CEST

General : The 14th Dalai Lama visited the European Parliament on Thursday 15 September to meet President Martin Schulz and discuss with members of the foreign affairs committee. Upon his fifth visit to the Parliament, the Dalai Lama expressed his admiration for the spirit of the European Union because it worked for the common interest of the people. I think this spirit of the European Union eventually should spread in Africa and further in the world, he added.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP

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