EU questions human rights in Eastern European disputed entities

The EU has turned its attention to the challenge of ensuring the protection of human rights in Eastern European disputed entities. Over 3.5 million people face violations and a quasi-absence of access to effective remedy in these territories. FIDH enabled a strategic discussion between civil society representatives coming from both the de jure States and the de facto entities, at the occasion a regional Seminar organised in April 2014. The ensuing recommendations presented in the report Disputed Entities in Eastern Europe: Human Rights Sacrificed were welcomed by EU representatives.

FIDH and its member organisation Promo-Lex, which works on human rights in Moldova/Transnistria, then conducted advocacy meetings, including a hearing in the European Parliament (EP) based on questions raised by the FIDH Seminar and report. The hearing involved members of the EP’s Foreign Affairs Committee and the Euronest parliamentary Assembly and should create a dynamic which FIDH will closely support. The rising interest in these questions was further illustrated when Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, evoked the "importance to intensify efforts" concerning Transnistria in her meeting with the Moldovan Prime Minister which followed the FIDH round of advocacy.

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