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Motion for a resolution on mercy killings in Uganda – B8-2018-0173

The European Parliament,

– having regard its previous resolutions

– having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

– having regard the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

– having regard to the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT))

– having regard to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights,

– -having regard to the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement (‘Cotonou Agreement’)

– having regard to the Constitution of Uganda,

– -having regard the ACP – EU JPA report on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the developing countries of 23 November 2011, Togo

– having regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), adopted in 2006, and in particular to Article 32 thereof, which states that all parties must include disability and persons with disabilities in their international cooperation efforts,

– having regard to UN Human Rights Council’s latest resolutions on the human rights of persons with disabilities of 14/04/2014 and 14/07/2014,

– having regard to the EU Guidance Note on Disability and Development for EU Delegations and Services,

– having regard to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) press releases of 19 September 2017, entitled ‘Ground-breaking step to tackle impunity for witchcraft related human rights violations’,

– -having regard the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs adopted in New York on the 25th September 2015

– having regard to Uganda’s review report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda entitled “Ensuring no one is left behind” of July 2016 and presented to the HLPF (UN), New York

– having regard to Rules 135(5) and 123(4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.whereas ritual killings of children are taking place in Uganda each year ; whereas many, in particular among the rich elite, believe sacrificial rituals can bring quick wealth and health; whereas many women have been also brutally killed in the name of such a “sacrifice”

B.whereas witchdoctors perform the brutal ritual that destroys the lives of the children who are dying in agony and torture; whereas survivors are usually physically and mentally damaged for life as are their families;

C.whereas in Uganda, the false association between child sacrifice and wealth acquisition poses a severe threat to children’s life;

D.whereas the government of Uganda created a National Action Plan to stop the murders and approved a bill to regulate healers, some of whom were practising as real doctors; whereas the businessmen who pay thousands of dollars for the sick rituals are rarely prosecuted because witch doctors refuse to give up their clients; whereas the majority of the witchdoctors performing the ritual killings are not prosecuted either

E.whereas other countries in Africa reported to be practising child sacrifice include Tanzania, Nigeria, Swaziland, Liberia, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe; whereas albino children and multiple births are also considered in some ethnic groups as evil spirits

F.whereas outrageous cases of mercy killings of disabled children are also taking place in some areas of the country because of the belief that they are better off dead than having to endure a painful and incurable disability and are in particular seen as a burden for their parents who are marked by poverty and social stigma and rejected by the society;

G.whereas there are no official numbers available as neither the police nor the justice system in Uganda investigate the phenomenon, whereas the lack of data makes the fight against this practice difficult;

H.whereas according to the Uganda Population and Housing Census Report 2014, for the population aged 2 years and above the disability prevalence rate was 12.4 percent while the equivalent for 5 years and above was close to 14 percent;

I.whereas the government of Uganda has a number of general laws and policies that contain clauses on disability; whereas the country has disability-specific legislation;

J.whereas in April 2016, Uganda’s record on the implementation of the CRPD was reviewed by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, whereas the Committee expressed concerns about the fact that legislation and policies fail to provide protection for the rights of children with disabilities; whereas the Committee observes with particular concern harmful practices and sexual abuse of women with disabilities;

K.whereas there is a lack of information to make the general public aware of cultural practices that stigmatize and hinder the development of persons with disabilities to enjoy rights like all other persons in society;

L.whereas disability tends to disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, where the likelihood of disability increases with the incidence of poverty; whereas disability is therefore a development issue;

M.whereas Uganda has committed to the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals; whereas the country presented its voluntary implementation report to the HLPF in July 2016 in New York; whereas there are 11 explicit references to persons with disabilities in the 2030 Agenda, and disaggregation of data by disability is a core principle;

N.whereas despite the progress made Uganda still has significant room for improvement in the sustainable development agenda as its economy is still heavily reliant on natural resources and agriculture; whereas the current demographic structure implies a high dependency ratio and low domestic savings;

1.Expresses its utmost concern over the brutal ritual killings of children and “mercy” killings of disabled children in Uganda and calls for outrageous acts of violence, cruelty and torture towards children to be ended immediately;

2.Expresses its deep concern about persisting discrimination against persons with disabilities, including in particular persons with albinism, persons with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities, and on other grounds, such as gender identity and sexual orientation

3. Strongly urges the government to conduct an immediate investigation into those crimes and take legal action against those responsible, to bring them to justice and hold them accountable;

4.Calls on the authorities of Uganda and all countries affected by ritual and mercy killings of children to commit to tackling the harmful superstitious beliefs perpetuating the targeting of children

5.Recalls that the primary responsibility of a state is to protect its citizens, including vulnerable groups; calls the Ugandan authorities to protect all children on its territory , to ensure their rights are defended as well as to amend the Children’s Act in line with the CRPD in order to mainstream rights of children with disabilities across all programmes and provide necessary budget and resources for their protection;

6.Calls for quality support services to families of children with disabilities in both urban and rural areas, as well as for sufficient financial support and benefits for families to care for their disabled child and to ensure the availability and effective dissemination of information on services and benefits, and training courses for parents and care-givers of children with disability so they are equipped to facilitate children’s participation in the community ;

7.Stresses the importance of an increased awareness of the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, especially families whose children are disabled, with the aim of combating stigma which can lead to discrimination against persons with disabilities among the public in general, and in particular in rural and urban areas;

8.Urges the government of Uganda to implement measures aimed at promoting the right of children with disabilities to be consulted in all matters concerning their lives and at enabling them to receive assistance appropriate to their age and disability; to provide essential community-based services, including accessibility to education and health care,

9.Urges the authorities to ensure registration of all children with disabilities at birth

10.Welcomes the creation in 2009 of the Equal Opportunities Commission Act that aims at promoting equal opportunities for marginalised groups, including persons with disabilities;

11.Welcomes the creation of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) under the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda; calls on the UHRC to develop a concrete national plan to guide the execution of its monitoring function

12.Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the High Representative/Vice-President for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the President of the Republic of Uganda, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, the East African Legislative Assembly and the African Union and its institutions.

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Text adopted – Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the SADC EPA States *** – P8_TA(2016)0342 – Wednesday, 14 September 2016 – Strasbourg – Final edition

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (10107/2016),

–  having regard to the draft Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the SADC EPA States, of the other part (05730/2016),

–  having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 207(3) and (4), Article 209(2), and Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C8‑0243/2016),

–  having regard to Rule 99(1), first and third subparagraphs, Rule 99(2), and Rule 108(7) of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the recommendation of the Committee on International Trade and the opinion of the Committee on Development (A8-0242/2016),

1.  Gives its consent to conclusion of the agreement;

2.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States and of the SADC EPA States (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland).

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CALENDRIER du 6 juin au 12 juin 2016

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

Lundi 6 juin

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (until 07/06), in Luxembourg.

European Parliament plenary session (until 09/06), in Strasbourg.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the United States of America: attends a briefing at the UN Security Council; meets with Mr Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations; delivers a speech at the UN Security Council (in New York); takes part in the Global Forum of American Jewish Congress (in Washington DC).

Ms Kristalina Georgieva in Prague, the Czech Republic: meets with Mr Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister, and with Mr Lubomír Zaorálek, Foreign Affairs Minister; gives a keynote speech at the Prague European Summit “EU in a Time of Crisis: Better Together?”

Mr Andrus Ansip receives European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA).

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Luxembourg: participates in the signature ceremony of the “Political Declaration on energy cooperation between North Seas Countries”.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Paris, France: to discuss the European Semester with representatives from the Senate and the National Assembly.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Luxembourg: holds a series of meetings in the European Court of Auditors.

Mr Neven Mimica on official visit to the Pacific region (until 09/06), including New Zealand and Australia. He holds a series of bilateral meetings as part of his visit.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Luxembourg: signs the “Political Declaration on energy cooperation between North Seas Countries”; meets with Mr Peter Žiga, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Copenhagen, Denmark: delivers a speech at the 3GF Global Green Growth Forum; delivers a keynote speech at the Conference on “How do we Scale up Circular Economy?”; meets with Mr Esben Lunde Larsen, Minister for Environment and Food of Denmark; visits RGS 90 A/S, a treatment plant for soil, polluted industrial water, and used construction material.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Achim Irimescu, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Ms Marta Ruedas, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: gives a keynote speech for the Copenhagen Rotary Club.

 

Mardi 7 juin

College meeting

Ms Federica Mogherini meets with Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia, in Strasbourg.

 

Mercredi 8 juin

President Jean-Claude Juncker meets with Mr Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, together with Mr Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, in Brussels.

Ms Federica Mogherini on official visit to Canada (until 09/06).

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Berlin, Germany: meets with Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany; gives a keynote speech at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries – BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e. V.).

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis delivers the opening remarks at the Brussels Economic Forum, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Botswana for the signing of the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (10/06): meets with Botswanan leaders; visits the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat; meets with representatives of Debswana, the leading diamond company in partnership with the Botswanan Government (in Gaborone).

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete meets with Mr Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands: delivers a speech at the eHealth Week 2016.

Ms MarianneThyssen in Geneva, Switzerland: participates in the International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO); attends a ministerial lunch organised by the Dutch Presidency of the European Council on “Strengthening Workplace Compliance – Realising Decent Work in Global Supply Chain”; meets with international workers and employers organisations; participates in a diner of G20 labour and employment ministers, as a contribution to the World Day against Child Labour.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: est en auditions à l’Assemblée nationale et au Sénat de la République française devant les Commissions des finances et des affaires européennes.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Luxembourg: meets with Mr Félix Braz, Minister of Justice of Luxembourg; Mr Andrea Orlando, Minister of Justice of Italy; and with Mr Jean-Jacques Urvoas, Minister of Justice of France.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Karlsruhe, Germany: visits the Joint Research Centre (JRC) site with Mr Günther Oettinger for the inauguration of new infrastructures. He also gives the opening remarks at the JRC event organised on site. 

 

Jeudi 9 juin

Justice and Home Affairs Council (until 10/06), in Luxembourg.

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Geneva, Switzerland: delivers a speech at the World of Work Summit organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva in Germany: delivers a keynote speech at the conference “Europe in a changing world: what should Europe do” (in Berlin); meets with Mr Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of Saxony (in Dresden).

Mr Andrus Ansip in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic: participates in the Conference ITAPA 2016 (Information Technologies and Public Administration); meets with Mr Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic and with stakeholder specialised in Digital Single Market and e-commerce; has ministerial meetings and visits the National Council of the Slovak Republic.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Marco Alverà, CEO of the Snam Group.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: attends the Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM).

Mr Johannes Hahn gives a keynote speech at Institution Building Days 2016, on the occasion of the TAIEX’s (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument) 20th anniversary; participates in the Roma Integration 2020 Launch Event; receives Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Kasane, Botswana: meets with Trade Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete participates in the High-Level Round Table on Low Carbon Innovation, in Brussels; receives Mr Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam Group.

Mr Karmenu Vella in St Petersburg, Russia (until 10/06): participates in the 21st North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) and the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients (FEFANA) EU Stakeholder Conference on “Innovation in Animal Nutrition”, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Eindhoven, The Netherlands: participates in a Citizens’ dialogue on E-Health.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos receives Mr Rob Bertholee, Head of the Counter-Terrorism Group and Director-General of the General Intelligence and Security Service of The Netherlands.

Ms Marianne Thyssen attends the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Executive Committee.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: rencontre M. François Villeroy de Galhau, Gouverneur de la Banque de France.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Mr Phil Hogan in Portugal: visits the National Agriculture Fair; participates and delivers a speech at the International Conference “The Grand Challenges for Innovation in Agriculture”; meets with Mr Luís Capoulas Santos, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development of Portugal; meets with Mr Vasco Cordeiro, President of the Regional Government of Azores (in Santarém); attends the inauguration of the 1st water connection from Alqueva Irrigation Global System to the Irrigation Perimeter of Roxo; visits the Fruit Concentration Logistics and Shipping Platform of the water distribution system of the Alqueva dam (in Ervidel/Aljustrel).

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers a keynote speech on circular economy in the textile industry at the EURATEX Industrial Dialogues event, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Luxembourg: meets with Mr Heiko Maas, Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Pilsen, the Czech Republic: participates in the “OOPEN UP! Festival” conference focusing on the evaluation of cultural projects; meets with Ministers of Culture of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries and delivers the opening remarks for the Visegrad International Prize.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Lisbon, Portugal: delivers a speech and presents awards at the 11th European Inventor Award ceremony.

 

Vendredi 10 juin

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Jiechi Yang, State Counsellor of China.

Mr Andrus Ansip delivers a keynote speech at European Dialogue on Internet Governance (Eurodig) event, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Barcelona, Spain: gives a keynote speech at the Eurogas General Assembly 2016.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Kasane, Botswana: for the Signature Ceremonyof the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement.

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Romuald Wadagni, Minister of Finance of Benin.

Mr Karmenu Vella in St Petersburg, Russia: participates in the 21st North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Athens, Greece: attends The International Shipping Exhibition “Posidonia” and meets with Mr Thodoris Dritsas, Minister of Shipping and Insular Policy.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Budapest, Hungary: gives the closing speech at the regional workshop on “Education and the Investment Plan for Europe” organised by the European Commission in collaboration with the European Investment Bank.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Sofia, Bulgaria: meets with Mr Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria; Mr Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister; Mr Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister for EU Funds and Economic Policies; Mr Vladislav Goranov, Minister of Finance; Mr Ivaylo Moskovski, Minister of Transport and with Ms Temenuzhka Petkova, Minister of Energy.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Berlin, Germany: participates in the Startup Europe Week.

 

Samedi 11 juin

Mr Neven Mimica in Windhoek, Namibia (until 12/06): attends the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (Africa Caribbean Pacific–European Union).

Ms Margrethe Vestager meets with the Executive committee of the Danish Liberal party, in Brussels.

 

Dimanche 12 juin

Mr Christos Stylianides in Rome, Italy (until 13/06): attends the World Food Programme Board.

Prévisions du mois de juin:

13/06 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, in Luxembourg.

16/06 Eurogroup, in Luxembourg.

22-23/06 European Parliament plenary session, in Brussels.

28-29/06 European Council, in Brussels.

Prévisions du mois de juillet:

04-06/07 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

11/07 Eurogroup, in Brussels.

12/07 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels.

18/07 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.

18/07 Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Brussels.

Prévisions du mois de septembre:

09/09 Eurogroup, in Bratislava.

12-14/09 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

20/09 General Affairs Council, in Brussels.

29-30/09 Competitiveness Council, in Brussels.

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 4 au 5 juin:

Natasha BERTAUD, +32 (0)460 767 456         

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0)498 982 748

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