Richard Howitt
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First elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1994, Richard
Howitt MEP is Labour Member of the European Parliament for the East of
England and a leading member of the Parliament's Foreign Affairs
Committee and its Human Rights Sub-Committee. He also serves as
Spokesperson for the Socialist and Democrat Group on Human Rights and
has called for the EU to take a more systematic approach to monitoring
human rights worldwide.

Entries by Richard Howitt

One Year On - The Sparks Which Could Reignite 'Hot War' in Ukraine

(11) Comments | Posted 29 July 2015 | (00:00)

The Ukraine conflict remains an undeclared war, but the language in universal use use of "invasion," "occupation" and "the aggressor" leaves no doubt that this is a country under attack.

Travelling to the Dnipropetrovsk 'oblast' or region adjacent to the fighting, refugees from the conflict and humanitarian workers who'd helped...

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Iran Nuclear Talks - How to Avoid Putting the 'Dead' in Deadline

(0) Comments | Posted 8 June 2015 | (16:10)

There have been as many false deadlines as false hopes in the tortuous negotiations which seek to limit Iran's ability to produce nuclear weaponry.

But the end of June date to finalise a comprehensive agreement looks pivotal, in the light of the 9 July deadline before extra provisions for congressional...

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Welcome Back to the War Against Terror

(0) Comments | Posted 27 February 2015 | (23:00)

If 9/11 was a sea-change for the United States then the bombing of an army school in Peshawar may have been a watershed moment of equal proportion for Pakistan.

The international terrorism that was bred in the foothills between the country's northern provinces and Afghanistan, had...

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Foreign Policy Did Not Cause 'Charlie Hebdo' Terrorism, But Must Help Prevent Future Attacks

(1) Comments | Posted 15 January 2015 | (11:59)

Richard Howitt MEP is Labour's European Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs. This article is adapted from his parliamentary speech on the foreign policy consequences of the Charlie Hebdo attack, which he is pictured delivering in the European Parliament chamber (see photo)

je suis charlie


As Euro...

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Why Ukraine Protest Is a Test of Courage for Europe

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2014 | (14:15)

Mass demonstrations in freezing temperatures, a repressive police response - the scenes from the 'Maidan' in Ukraine leaves little doubt about where our sympathies should lie.

The fact that the protest is from those who want to leave the country's Soviet past far behind by locking it on a path...

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