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Joint Statement of 14 June 2018 on human rights in Russia before 2018 FIFA World Cup

EP Chairs concerned by human rights breaches in Russia ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Joint Statement on sporting events and human rights on the occasion of the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Ahead of the opening of the FIFA Football World Cup in Russia, Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, David McAllister (EPP, DE), Human Rights Subcommittee Chair, Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT), and the Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, Othmar Karas (EPP, AT), stated:

"We hold sports to be a value that brings people and nations together. The World Cup is a celebration for mankind and an occasion to reaffirm our ideals for peace, freedom and international cooperation.

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Statement of 22 March 2018 on the results of the presidential elections in Russia

EP delegation debated the results of presidential elections

Russia should engage in respecting democratic principles, urged EP delegation chair Othmar Karas (EPP, AT) on Thursday.


Brussels, 22 March 2018.
The European Parliament's delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation debated the rules, campaign and media coverage of the Russian presidential elections' with the representative of the Movement Golos on Thursday. ....

Statement of 5 Febr 2018 on crackdown against opposition and HR defenders in Russia

EP delegation chair Othmar Karas urges to stop prosecuting opposition

Strasbourg, 5 February 2018. The crackdown against political opposition and human rights defenders in Russia in the run-up to the presidential elections need to end, said EP delegation chair Othmar Karas on Monday. ....

Statement of 22 Nov 2017 by chair Karas on relations between the EU and Russia

EP delegation chair Karas met Russia's State Duma Vice-Speaker Epifanova

Russian parliamentarians need to engage in improving relations between the EU and Russia, said EP delegation chair Karas.

In the margins of the Fifth Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum on 22 November 2017 in Brussels, the European Parliament's delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee chair Othmar Karas (EPP, Austria) and four MEPs met informally State Duma Vice-Speaker Epifanova and five Members of the Russian Federal Assembly.

They discussed the ways of solving current disputes between the EU and Russia. ...

Statement of 26 Oct 2017 by Chair Karas on Russia's respect of fundamental freedoms

EP delegation chair Karas calls on Russia to respect fundamental freedoms

The detentions and violence against critical voices in Russia in the run-up to the next year's presidential elections must stop, said EP delegation chair Othmar Karas.


In the meeting of the EP Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee of 26 October 2017 in Strasbourg, MEPs were briefed on a worsening situation in Russia, which puts in danger the exercise of freedoms of expression and assembly.
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Statement of 13 June 2017 on the arrest of Alexei Navalny

Joint statement by
  • the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister (EPP, DE),
  • the Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT), and
  • the Chair of the Russia Delegation of the European Parliament, Othmar Karas (EPP, AT):
"We are very concerned to hear of the arrest of Alexei Navalny on Russia Day. The right to freedom of peaceful assembly plays a decisive role in the emergence and existence of effective democratic systems as it is a channel allowing for dialogue, pluralism, tolerance and broadmindedness, where minority or dissenting views or beliefs are respected." [...]

Statement of 18 May 2017 on persecution of gay men in Chechnya

MEPs call for urgent investigation

"Chechen authorities must end the persecution of gay men and an investigation must be held as a matter of urgency", MEPs said.

In the press release of 18 May 2017, MEPs called on the authorities to end this campaign of persecution and immediately release illegally detained persons. They also urge Chechen and Russian authorities to follow international commitments and to uphold the rule of law and universal human rights standards, to ensure the safety of all persons who might be at risk, including LGBTI individuals.

Statement of 12 March 2014 on Russia's actions in Ukraine

The Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (D-RU):

"As a convinced supporter of the EU-Russian strategic partnership and as a politician deeply engaged in dialogue with the Parliament of the Russian Federation on behalf of the European Parliament, I am particularly concerned by the recent act of aggression committed by Russia against Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty that puts into danger peace, security and stability on the European continent. I can't but subscribe to the European Council's urgent call on the Russian authorities to restore strict observance of the relevant international agreements, withdraw their country's armed forces from the territory of Ukraine which is not the place of their permanent stationing and allow immediate access to Crimea for international monitors."[...]