Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)

February 2014

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The Subcommittee, known by its acronym DROI, organises hearings and discussions on all sorts of human rights issues. These discussions lead to the adoption of reports and resolutions, thus contributing to the international debate on subjects such as the death penalty, torture or the fight against impunity.

The Annual Report on Human Rights, which takes stock of the human rights situation in the world, is drafted by the DROI Subcommittee.

Organisation and responsibilities of the Subcommittee on Human Rights

The Subcommittee consists of 31 members and 23 substitutes, thus mirroring the structure of the European Parliament as required in Article 181 of the Rules of Procedure.

The Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) is a subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Its main responsibilities are set out in the fifth paragraph of the Foreign Affairs Committee’s responsibilities: "issues concerning human rights, the protection of minorities and the promotion of democratic values in third countries. In this context the committee is assisted by a subcommittee on human rights. Without prejudice to the relevant rules, members from other committees and bodies with responsibilities in this field shall be invited to attend the meetings of the subcommittee." Objectives of the Subcommittee

The Human Rights Subcommittee may not adopt reports or draft resolutions. However, DROI provides important expert advice and a forum for essential debate where NGOs, human rights defenders, members of the European Commission or the European Council can present their views.

One of the Subcommittee’s objectives is to raise members’ awareness of human rights issues and to invite them to speak about and support actions in favour of human rights.

FIACAT’s role within DROI

The Human Rights Subcommittee has renewed its commitment to working with NGOs: “The European Union must consult with NGOs, be they international or local, on a systematic basis on all aspects of human rights”. On these grounds, FIACAT and several NGOs are taking part in consultations with civil society on draft resolutions, such as the draft EU guidelines against torture or those on the death penalty.

How can ACAT groups contribute?

The Human Rights Subcommittee currently allows civil society activists to speak during its meetings. This is an opportunity for all ACAT groups, through FIACAT, to express their concerns on the various instances of non-respect of human rights occurring in their countries. Through the medium of reports and oral contributions to these meetings, ACAT groups can make their voices heard at the European Parliament and the European External Action Service.

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