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Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar receive 2016 #Sakharov Prize

Yazidi Sakarov Prize 2016

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Wednesday 14 Dec 2016

Islamic State survivors and Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar received today Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The two women were honoured by Parliament for standing up for the persecuted Yazidi minority and the victims of sexual violence by Islamic State. “More than 3,500 children and women are still held hostage as slaves under Daesh. Every day they die a thousand times,” Aji Bashar said in her acceptance speech. Read More

Belgian regional parliaments reject free trade agreement between EU & Canada #CETA


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Tuesday 25 Oct 2016

The Brussels and Wallonia Regional parliaments in Belgium have voted to reject The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada. This has effectively stopped the ratification process in its tracks, as all member states must vote in favour of the free trade treaty with Canada for it to come in to EU law. I co-signed an open letter from 88 MEPs in support of the Belgium vote against CETA. Read More