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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0006/2015
12.1.2015
PE545.689v01-00
 
B8-0009/2015

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure


on the case of the two Italian ‘marò’ (2015/2512(RSP))


Karima Delli, Igor Šoltes on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group

European Parliament resolution on the case of the two Italian ‘marò (2015/2512(RSP))  
B8‑0009/2015

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the Treaty on European Union,

–       having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular Articles 9, 10 and 11 thereof,

–       having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in particular Articles 9, 10 and 14 thereof,

–       having regard to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),

–       having regard to the statement by the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General of 6 January 2015, inviting Italy and India to try to reach a reasonable and mutually acceptable solution,

–       having regard to the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of 14 January 2015 on the case of the two Italian marò,

–       having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas on the night of 15 February 2012 the Italian commercial vessel Enrica Lexie, en route from Singapore to Djibouti, was approached by the fishing vessel St Antony off the coast of Kerala, India;

B.     whereas six Italian marines were aboard the Enrica Lexie to protect the ship from potential attacks by pirates; whereas, fearing a pirate attack, shots were fired at the approaching boat, and two Indian fishermen, Valentine alias Jelastine and Ajeesh Pink, were tragically killed;

C.     whereas on 19 February 2012 the Indian police force arrested the two marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who had been identified as those responsible for opening fire at the fishing boat;

D.     whereas these events have caused diplomatic tensions, given the legal uncertainty surrounding the case of the two Italian marines as regards immunity, jurisdiction and applicable law; whereas, even after three years, formal charges have still not been brought by the Indian authorities;

E.     whereas one of the marines, Massimiliano Latorre, left India to spend four months at home after he suffered a cerebral ischemia, and whereas the Supreme Court of India decided to deny an extension of his stay in Italy for medical treatment; whereas on 5 January 2015 he underwent heart surgery, and another plea for an extension is currently pending; whereas Salvatore Girone is currently being detained at the Italian Embassy in India;

F.     whereas the Republic of India is a state based on the rule of law and respect for human rights;

1.      Expresses great concern about the detention without charge of the Italian marines; stresses that the marines must be released or given a fair trial within a reasonable time, which respects human rights and the presumption of innocence and is based on a credible investigation, and that they have the right to a lawyer’s assistance; calls on the Indian Government to allow the detainees access to their families and to medical care without hindrance;

2.      Stresses that the lengthy delay and detention without trial of the marines is unacceptable and represents a breach of their human rights;

3.      Regrets the manner in which the issue has been handled and supports the efforts of all parties involved to work towards a reasonable and mutually acceptable solution;

4.      Encourages the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to take any action necessary to ensure that the case is resolved in a rapid and satisfactory manner and that human rights are respected;

5.      Reminds the Commission of the importance of the human rights situation in negotiating the free trade agreement with India, and encourages it to raise this case in its human rights dialogue with India and consequently consider further measures to facilitate a positive resolution to the case;

6.      Recalls that the rights and security of EU citizens in third countries should be safeguarded by the EU diplomatic representation, which should work actively for the defence of the human rights of EU citizens in detention and facing trial in any third country;

7.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the European External Action Service, the Secretary‑General of the UN and the governments and parliaments of Italy and India.

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