My name is Barbara Lochbihler, and have been a member of the European Parliament for the German Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) since 2009. From 2011 to 2014, I was chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. After my re-election in 2014, I became vice-chair of the same committee. Moreover, I am the human rights and foreign policy spokeswoman of the Greens/EFA parliamentary group.
Between 1992 and 1999, I was Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Geneva. From 1999 to 2009, I held the same position at Amnesty International Germany in Berlin.
My main political focus is on human rights. I have always tried to see individual fates and human rights violations as part of a global and intertwined framework – and to influence this framework in a way that, ultimately, should allow every single person to live a humane and self-determined life. The fight for human rights, against exclusion and for peace (which is more than the absence of war) continue to be my political priorities.
More precisely, my working areas include the – failed – European policy on refugees and migrants, the fight against impunity and human trafficking, women’s rights, peace and conflict-prevention, the challenges posed by the use of armed drones, business and human rights, discrimination against Roma and other minorities, arms and spyware exports – and, more generally, the fight against human-rights double standards in the EU’s internal and foreign policy. Moreover, as a member of the ASEAN delegation, and as substitute member of the Maghreb delegation of the European Parliament, I also work actively on those two regions.
As you most probably have noticed, my website is in German. Nevertheless, you will also find English content such as letters or parliamentary questions. Above all, however, please don’t hesitate to get in touch in English with me and my office should you have any kind of remark or question.