Senator Higgins writes to EU Commission expressing concern over election influence by far-right groups

Restoring The Natural Order
Restoring The Natural Order

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins, was elected to the Executive of the European Parliamentary Forum (EPF) for Sexual and Reproductive Rights in 2017. She joined her colleagues in writing to the European Commission to express concerns about the inappropriate chaneling of funds in the course of elections and to call for further investigation.

Members of the EPF expressed their deep concern regarding the integrity of the forthcoming European elections. An Open Democracy investigation uncovered information about the trans-national actions of certain Christian extremist civil society organisations aiming to drive European voters towards far-right, populist political parties, apparently in full alignment with these political parties.

The grouping of parliamentarians from across Europe called for urgent and high level investigation by the European Commission and relevant national authorities.

The EPF have previously written to the Commission to express concern about the electoral practices about the far-right. In light of the investigation conducted by Open Democracy they wrote again last week.

Open Democracy built on research previously conducted by the EPF in 2018. Their report suggests that international money has been funnelled through a Madrid-based to influence voters towards far-right parties in the upcoming European Parliament elections and in Spain’s national elections which took place last Sunday. The Spanish campaign group are known to campaign against LGBTQI+ rights and against sexual and reproductive health rights.

Speaking in the context of the recent elections in Spain this weekend, Senator Higgins said, "While the socialists groups win through in Spain there was a concern about how groups on the right were funded in the course of the election and around the inappropriate channeling of funds.

She continued, "I am pleased to be part of a Europe-wide group which is actively challenging the operations of the far right across Europe. Through my role on the European Parliamentary Forum I am working with parliamentarians from different groups and different countries to challenge the hard-right across Europe."

EPF 2018 Research: Restoring the Natural Order: The religious extremists’ vision to mobilize European societies against human rights on sexuality and reproduction.

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