Parliament condemns the unprecedented levels of human rights abuses perpetrated against Crimean Tatars, calls on the Bahrain to grant Mohammed Ramadan a royal pardon or to commute his death sentence, and for the immediate safe release of the five missing book publishers in Hong Kong, in three resolutions voted on Thursday.
Parliament calls on India to release the 14 Estonian and 6 British seamen detained in the south of the country, strongly condemns the nuclear test conducted on 6 January by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and deplores the recent use of excessive force by security forces in Ethiopia, in three resolutions voted on Thursday.
Parliament calls for the immediate release of an Irish citizen,Ibrahim Halawa, detained in Egypt, the release of all political prisoners in the Maldives, and the withdrawal of the anti-sodomy law in Malaysia, in three resolutions passed on Thursday.
Urgency resolutions : Cambodia; Bangladesh and Afghanistan
Parliament urges Cambodia to drop all charges brought against opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members; calls on the Bangladesh authorities to restore the full independence of the media; and appeals to the government of Afghanistan to intensify cooperation with the government of Pakistan, in three resolutions passed on Thursday.
MEPs passed four resolutions on Thursday: urging Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and calling for a moratorium on the death penalty; demanding measures to starve Boko Haram in Nigeria of its sources of illegal income; expressing fears of civil war in Central African Republic; and deploring human rights abuses in Thailand following the coup of May 2014.
In four separate resolutions MEPs call for the withdrawal of the Cambodian government's law on NGOs and trade unions, the release of Yves Makwambala and Fred Bauma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the release of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab in Bahrain, and the release of two Christian pastors detained in Sudan, Michael Yat and Peter Yen Reith.
MEPs state their concern at the high number of child pregnancies in Paraguay,calling for "access to safe and legal abortion" when the health and life of women or girls are in danger, "where there is severe foetal impairment and in cases of rape and incest". In separate resolutions they also call for the protection of the Palmyra site and draw attention to the situation of children in Nepal.