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Statement of 12 April 2019 on the HR situation of the LGBTI community in Armenia

by MEP Rebecca HARMS, Chair of the Delegation to the Euronest PA

"On 5 April, a transgender woman, Ms Lilit Martirosyan, addressed the Standing Committee on the Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs of the National Assembly of Armenia, in the framework of the National Human Rights Agenda: United Nations Universal Periodic Review. To our deep regret, her poignant intervention was answered by disparaging or even aggressive comments. ..."

Statement of 20 March 2019 on pardoning of prisoners in Azerbaijan (Novruz Holiday)

MEP Rebecca HARMS, Chair of the Delegation to the Euronest PA
on the pardoning of prisoners in Azerbaijan on the occasion of the Novruz Holiday:

On 16 March, to mark the Novruz Holiday, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed a decree pardoning a total of 431 people convicted of crimes in the country - some of them considered to be political prisoners by human rights organisations. [...]

Joint statement of 6 July 2017, on tragic death of civilians in the Fizuli region

The Chairmen of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation committees and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee issued a joint statement regarding the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, and calling for immediate stop to military hostilities.

"The European Parliament is greatly concerned about the renewed violence earlier this week between Armenia and Azerbaijan which has yet again led to the death of civilians, in the Fizuli region. We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims.
We call for an immediate stop to military hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan. As previously stated, we firmly believe that the Nagorno Karabakh conflict does not have a military solution. Instead, the conflict needs an early political settlement in accordance with international law. This is the only way to stop unnecessarily claiming the lives of civilians and soldiers on both sides.
We fully support the mediation efforts and proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs. In order for this mediation to have a chance of success, both Armenia and Azerbaijan need to find the political courage to negotiate in good faith

Statement of 6 March 2017 on Georgian Supreme Court Grand Chamber ruling on Rustavi2

Ms Rebecca HARMS, Chair of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly:

I am deeply concerned about the Georgian Supreme Court Grand Chamber ruling of 2 March 2017 on the attribution of property of Rustavi2 Television. This decision could endanger the fragile balance of media pluralism in Georgia. I therefore welcome the European Court of Human Rights decision, on 3 March, to temporarily (until 8 March) suspend the enforcement of the Supreme Court's ruling and ask for its full implementation.[...]

Statement of 22 September 2016 on relations with Azerbaijan

Ms Heidi Hautala and Mr Victor Dolidze, Co-Chairs of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly:

We welcome the outcome of the meetings held on 19-21 September 2016 in Baku between the EP Delegation and the highest officials of Azerbaijan, including President Aliyev, Speaker Asadov and Mr. Samad Seyidov MP, as well as important Government's representatives; we are, furthermore, particularly pleased with the resumption of direct EP- Azerbaijan interparliamentary talks with the holding of the Parliamentary Cooperation Committee meeting (PCC) on 21 September 2016. [...]

Statement of 9 December 2015 on the release of Leyla Yunus in Azerbaijan

Ms Heidi Hautala, Chair of the Delegation to the Euronest PA and Mr Sajjad Karim, Chairman of the Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU- Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee:

We welcome with satisfaction the decision of the Azerbaijani authorities to release, on probation, Ms Leyla Yunus today.

The European Parliament has long insisted on the release and rehabilitation of Ms Yunus, who is a prominent human rights defender and a political activist Azerbaijan should be proud of. Especially taking into account her precarious health conditions, the decision on her liberation also has a humanitarian dimension which we greet. [...]