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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
16-07-2014: as war broke out on Gaza once again, and the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs held an extraordinary session to discuss it, Nurit Peled-Elhanan calls for ban and boycott against Israel: " As a laureate of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Human Rights, and as a mother and a human being, I call on the EU to use all the diplomatic and economic tools at its disposal to help save my country from this abyss of death and despair in which we live", she wrote in an open letter transformed into an activist petition on More
12-07-2014: Malala spent her birthday, designated by the UN as Malala day to focus attention on girls; right to go to school, in in Nigeria, meeting schoolgirls who escaped the Boko Haram kidnapping in Chibok, the families of the over 200 still kidnapped girls and urging more action from the Nigerian Preisdent. She also expressed solidarity with children in conflict in Syria and Gaza.

The presidential committee fact-finding committee on the Chibok girls' kidnapping by Boko Haram that Hauwa Ibrahim is part of has finalised its report and handed it to President Jonathan. the findings are still classified. More
Sakharov Prize Nominee Ales Bialatski freed
23-06-2014: Sakharov Prize nominee Ales Bialatski was released on Saturday 21 June 2014 as an amnesty entered into force in Belarus. Mr Bialatski, founder and leader of the Viasna Human Rights Centre and Vice President of FIDH, had served nearly 3 years of a four and a half year jail sentence in tough conditions in penal colony No. 2 in Babruisk. 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
MEPs call for sanctions against Russia and a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict
22-07-2014: in a debate in the EP's Foreign Affairs Committee with Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, MEPs called for EU sanctions against Russia to be stepped up, for the closure of the Ukrainian border to halt arms flows from Russia, and for the bodies of the victims of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims to be returned. Mr Klimkin called on the EU to show its solidarity now, as Ukraine is “being punished for its EU aspirations”. The debate opened with a minute's silence for victims of the 17 July crash. More
European Parliament calls for an immediate ceasefire in the latest Israel-Gaza conflict
17-07-2014: the European Parliament called for an end to rocket attacks on Israel and to Israeli military action against Gaza in a resolution on the escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine.. More
Russia should cooperate with Ukrainian peace plan, EP says
17-07-2014: the European Parliament "supports the peace plan as a major chance for de-escalation and peace; supports President Poroshenko's decisive actions to guarantee the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine; welcomes his commitment to addressing the problem of systemic corruption and misuse of public funds; reiterates that Russia is involved in military action and supply; urges Russia to fulfil its international obligations, to genuinely commit to peaceful settlement negotiations and to use its real influence to stop any violence". More