Promoting human rights and civil liberties in the London, the UK, the EU, and the rest of the world, forms a central plank of Jean’s work in the European Parliament.
Jean works closely with a wide range of organisations – including Liberty, of which she is a ‘council member’, Amnesty International, and Ice and Fire, a London-based performance group dealing solely with the subject of human rights.
She has consistently called for the repeal of draconian anti-terror legislation, and the closure of the US torture camp at Guantanamo Bay. Jean has been actively involved in the campaign for EU countries to find a home for Guantanamo detainees ‘cleared for release’, especially in the case of Shaker Aamer, the London resident still being held there after 12 years.
Further, Jean has worked hard to raise the profile of the European Parliament’s prestigious ‘Sakharov Prize’ for human rights, which marked its 25th anniversary in 2013. Recipients have included Aang San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai and Taslima Nasrin, the Bangladeshi feminist author and doctor effectively still living in exile.
She has signed the ‘Child Rights Pledge’, urged the EU to sign up to the European Convention on Human Rights, spoken out about human rights abuses in Turkey, Russia, Burma – and the extractive industries prevalent in Africa and South America.
In 2005 Jean was awarded the title of MEP for Human Rights for her work in this field.
Jean Lambert on human rights
Jean Lambert talks about her work and role of the EU in upholding human rights and fighting for civil liberties and democracy.