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The European Parliament As A Human Rights Monitoring Mechanism

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The European Parliament is, of all the European institutions, the one that is the most suitable from an institutional perspective to reflect on and monitor human rights all over the world. The main human rights &t;monitoring&t; work, in the institutional sense, is done in the Subcommittee on Human Rights. One of the main aspects of the author's work in the European Parliament is to work according to a principle of cross-fertilisation between all the areas she works in (gender, security and defence, development) while at the same time feeding the promotion of human rights into all of them. The author presents an example of a cause where she was quite active and where the European Parliament clearly made a difference: the debate about lifting the arms embargo on China, which represented a major victory for the European Parliament and its approach to foreign affairs and human rights.

Keywords: arms embargo; European Parliament; human rights monitoring mechanism; Subcommittee on Human Rights

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