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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
Laureates Latest News
Hu Jia fears for his life under increasingly brutal harassment in China
15-09-2014: Chinese Sakharov Prize Laureate 2008 Hu Jia is being threatened with death and his family, including his 7-year old daughter, are being threatened and harassed daily says his wife Zeng Jinyan. In a letter to the European Parliament supported by Front Line Defenders, Ms Zeng, herself a Sakharov Prize nominee, calls for the European Parliament to increase its support for Hu Jia. More
Leyla Zana addresses concerns to EP President Schulz and Sakharov Laureates
07-08-2014: Sakharov Prize Laureate and Kurdish representative in the Turkish Parliament Leyla Zana has addressed an official letter EP President Schulz and Sakharov Prize Laureates exhorting both to protect and aid vulnerable communities whose lives and cultures are being threatened by the turmoil in the Middle East. More
Nasrin Sotoudeh wins her battle to practice law
05-09-2014: Nasrin Sotoudeh, 2012 Laureate from Iran, has won in court the right to return to practising her profession as a lawyer.
Ms Sotoudeh was banned from practising law for 20 years, reduced on appeal to 10 years, by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran after her arrest in September 2010. The Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal deemed Ms. Sotoudeh's suspension "unwarranted" and decided that it "will be overruled", Ms Sotoudeh's husband Reza Khandan said on his Facebook page More
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
EP Urgency Resolutions
The case of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim in Sudan
17-07-2014: in an urgency resolution, MEPs called for the repeal of all legislation that discriminates on grounds of gender and religion in Sudan and for appropriate health care for all pregnant women and women in labour in detention. They highlighted that adultery and apostasy should not be considered crimes at all, and called on the Sudanese government to investigate and prosecute those responsible for human rights abuses. More
Freedom of expression and assembly in Egypt
17-07-2014: MEPs are deeply concerned about “a series of recent court decisions in Egypt, including the lengthy jail terms handed down on 23 June 2014 to three Al Jazeera journalists and 11 other defendants tried in absentia, as well as the confirmation of death sentences against 183 people". More
Recent attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria
17-07-2014: MEPs are "extremely concerned about Boko Haram's active targeting of women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign" and condemned the prohibition on access to education for children, calling it a "flagrant violation of fundamental human rights" in an urgency resolution. The reports of forced conversions to Islam and the imposition of Sharia law is another source of "grave concern" for the MEPs. More
EP Latest News
7 Nominations to the 2014 Sakharov Prize
19-09-2014:seven candidates were nominated by Members of the European Parliament and Political Groups for the 2014 Sakharov Prize. These are, in alphabetical order: Mahmoud Al ‘Asali (post mortem) and Louis Raphael Sako; Mouad Belghouate, Ala Yaacoubi and Alaa Abdel Fattah, CHREDO, Open Doors, Oeuvre d'Orient and Aid to the Church in Need, the EuroMaidan movemnet, represented by Mustafa Nayem, Ruslana Lyzhychko, Yelyzaveta Schepetylnykova and Tetiana Chornovo, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Denis Mukwege and Leyla Yunus. More
Emotions run high as the Human Rights Sub-Committee focuses on children in Gaza
11-09-2014:Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Sakharov Prize Laureate 2001 from Israel, gave a passionate address to a hearing on a hearing on the situation of children in armed conflicts, with a focus on Gaza, held by the EP's Sub-Committee on Human Rights (DROI) chaired by Ms Elena Valenciano Martínez-Orozco. Ms Peled accused Israel of perpetrating a holocaust on Palestinians in Gaza. MEPs agreed, challenged or opposed the term and called for an EP Delegation to visit Gaza. More