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EP President Schulz appeals for the release of Razan Zaitouneh


10-3-2014: opening the plenary session of the European Parliament, the President of the European Parliament and co-Chair of the Sakharov Prize Network Martin Schulz called on behalf of the European Parliament for the release of kidnapped Syrian Sakharov Prize Laureate Razan Zaitouneh. More

Ali Ferzat on the core of the Syrian tragedy: the "forgotten human hopes for dignity and freedom"
10-3-2014: Ali Ferzat, Syrian Sakharov Prize Laureate 2011, was in the Czech capital city of Prague on 5 and 6 March to raise awareness of human rights issues in the conflict in Syria, now in its fourth year, with the support of the European Parliament and in cooperation with Czech NGO People in Need, organisers of the One World Film Festival. More

The EP President Martin Schulz on the death on Nelson Mandela
Commenting on the passing of Nelson Mandela, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz stated: "South Africa today loses its father, the world loses a hero. I pay tribute to one of the greatest humans of our time. My thoughts and condolences go out to Nelson Mandela's immediate family and friends." More
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Razan Zaitouneh kidnapped in Syria with her husband and two other activists

Razan Zaitouneh

09-12-2013 Razan Zaitouneh has been kidnapped in Syria on Tuesday with her husband and two other activists. Human rights activists alerted HRAC to the kidnapping which took place on Tuesday 9-2-13 in Douma, a rebel-controlled area of Syria. More
Hu Jia detained for interrogation, acknowledges that prison term might be inevitable
27-02-2014: Hu Jia, 2008 Sakharov Prize Laureate returned home in the early hours of 27 February after being detained by the Chinese authorities on the charge of "provoking and stirring up trouble" the day before. Mr Hu said that the authorities appeared to be collecting evidence against him that will eventually lead to a lengthy jail term. More
Jafar Panahi to Hassan Rouhani: "Do Not Try to Establish a New System of Censorship!"
20-02-2014: Jafar Panahi, the 2012 Sakharov Prize Laureate, wrote an open letter criticising Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's declarations in his speech at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Fajr Film Festival in Iran. More
Malala Yousafzai visits the Jordan-Syria border to offer her support to fleeing Syrian refugees
17-02-2014: Malala Yousafzai, 2013 Sakharov Prize Laureate, visited the Zaatari refugee camp north of the Jordan-Syria border to give her support to Syrian refugees, particularly children, fleeing from the war-torn Syria." More
EP Urgency Resolutions
On Russia: sentencing of demonstrators involved in the Bolotnaya Square events
13-3-2014: Parliament expressed its "deep concern over the proceedings against the Bolotnaya Square demonstrators" which it regards as "deeply flawed" and "politically motivated". It called on the Russian judicial authorities "to release the eight prisoners" and urged the Russian Government "to take concrete steps to address the deterioration of human rights, in particular by ceasing the campaign of harassment against civil-society organisations and activists". More
On launching consultations to suspend Uganda and Nigeria from the Cotonou Agreement
13-3-2014: MEPs called for the repeal of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda and the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill in Nigeria stressing that these laws "require an immediate reaction" under the Cotonou Agreement. MEPs urged "the Commission and the Member States to review their development cooperation aid strategy with Uganda and Nigeria and to give priority to redirection of aid to civil society and other organisations over suspension - even on a sectoral basis - of aid" and called for the consideration of "targeted sanctions, such as travel and visa bans, for the key individuals responsible for drafting and adopting these two laws". More
On security and human trafficking in Sinai
12-3-2014: Parliament underlined "the importance of coordinated regional action in restoring security and combating human trafficking in Sinai" and called on "the EU institution to put pressure on Israel and Egypt to take steps to tackle trafficking in Sinai". It also urged "the Commission to make this a high priority topic on the agenda of political dialogue with Egypt, Israel and Sudan". More
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MEPs urge for Russian officials on EU Magnitsky List as the EU imposes sanctions on Russia over Crimea
18-03-2014: the EU should ban visas and freeze the EU assets of 32 Russian officials involved in the case of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, said the EP's Foreign Affairs Committee in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Mr Magnitsky died in pre-trial detention in 2009, after allegedly having been tortured and deprived of medical care. The resolution names the officials. More
European Parliament and Sakharov Laureates call for the release of Razan Zaitouneh and journalists held hostage in Syria
12-02-2014: On 5 February, during the EP plenary session in Strasbourg, EP President Martin Schulz, Reporters Without Borders (2005 Sakharov Prize Laureates) and the Hostages in Syria Support Committee took joint action in support of the journalists currently held hostage in Syria. More
EP delegation to Ukraine condemns President's Yanukovych crackdown on protesters
01-02-2014: A high-ranking cross-party delegation of the European Parliament visited Kiev from 27-30 January. The ad-hoc delegation of twelve MEPs, led by Foreign Affairs Committee chair Elmar Brok, met with Maiden Square protesters, opposition parties, civil society and media. Mr Brok stated that he is "greatly concerned by the current situation in Ukraine. With the unilateral adoption of a controversial amnesty law, President Yanukovych shows that he has little intention to listen to the demands of his people and to work constructively with the democratic opposition on the resolution of the crisis." More
European Parliament delegation debriefs MEPs on visit to Iran
15-01-2014: the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Iran debriefed its Members today on the official visit by five delegation MEPs: Tarja Cronberg, Chair, Cornelia Ernst, Vice-Chair, Joseph Weidenholzer, Member, and substitute Members Isabelle Durant and Marietje Schaake to Iran on 12-17 December 2013. The Delegation met with Iranian Sakharov Prize Laureates Nasrin Soutoudeh and Jafar Panahi, as well as with Iranian Members of Parliament, authorities and civil society representatives. More