This week the European Parliament ratified the COP 21 world climate agreement reached last year in Paris. I am so proud that Labour MEPs were instrumental in achieving this victory for a greener climate. This deal shows what the EU can achieve when it works together, as its collective clout made big polluters like the US and China sign up to a strong deal to stop the rising global temperatures that threaten the future of our planet.
Amnesty Torture vote
This week saw another momentous vote in the Parliament on torture equipment. Until now companies have been allowed to advertise illegal torture equipment at trade fairs across the EU and online. But on Tuesday the Parliament voted to ban the advertising, brokering and transit of torture equipment for the first time
The EU ‘tools of torture’ regulation was groundbreaking when it was first introduced in 2005, but companies have since found ways to get around the strict rules banning the trade in equipment designed to torture or execute people, and controls the trade in other equipment that is frequently misused for torture. Now the EU has put an end to these loopholes in Europe, cracking down on the torture equipment brokered through arms fairs in London and Paris.
This agreement is a very important step forward in the fight against torture worldwide and sets a positive example for other parts of the world to follow. I was proud to support the Amnesty International campaign on this law, and was overjoyed to see such a strong vote to pass the bill. I've tweeted my support with Amnesty using the hashtag #StopTorture, join me to show your support for this bold EU law.