Requesting to meet Zehra Dogan in Turkish Prison

I am writing to respectfully request access to meet Zehra Doğan, artist and former editor of Jinha, a feminist Kurdish news agency. She is currently held in Mardin Prison. Continue reading

Letter to HM Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa regarding Nedal Al Salman

As a Member of the European Parliament, I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the human rights situation in Bahrain, and particularly the case of human rights defender Nedal Al Salman, Head of International Relations and Women and Children Advocacy at the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). Continue reading

Situation in Brazil is becoming chaotic

Colleagues, during the summer recess I spent 12 days in Brazillian Amazonia. During that time I met with politicians, lawyers, academics, students, rural educators, government workers, indigenous people, environmentalists, young people, cultural activists and the media. Continue reading

Human Rights situation in Turkey is deteriorating

The human rights situation in Turkey continues to deteriorate. A group of prominent human rights defenders arrested in July are still in prison on false charges.  Continue reading

Transparency in the Arms Trade

As we are speaking, the defence and security equipment international fair is happening right now in London Docklands where it happens every two years.  Continue reading

Julie speaks out on EU prisoners in Iran

Julie has spoken out once again on the human rights in Iran, and called for the EU to take urgent action to secure the release of all EU-Iranian prisoners held in Iran.   Continue reading

Islam in Europe: Politics and Religion

Julie spoke on secularism and Islam in Europe today at an event arranged by The Socialists and Democrats Group in June 2015 to discuss 'Islam in Europe'.  Continue reading

EU Neighbourhood: secularism for promoting peace, dialogue and reconciliation

Julie speaks at an event she hosted in parliament on using secularism to promote peace.  Continue reading

Speech on Roma & Xikrin Communities

When I was elected in 2014 I decided that I would try to be a voice for people who did not have a voice.   Continue reading

Julie questions the Commission on Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

With an on-going crackdown on Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, and in response to numerous queries from constitutents in the North West, Julie has tabled a Parliamentary Question to the European Commission about the situation in Russia.   Russian Supreme Court (Image: AFP) Continue reading