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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the case of Ildar Dadin, prisoner of consience in Russia

22.11.2016 - (2016/2992(RSP))

with request for inclusion in the agenda for a debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
pursuant to Rule 135 of the Rules of Procedure

Ignazio Corrao, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Isabella Adinolfi on behalf of the EFDD Group

Procedūra : 2016/2992(RSP)
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European Parliament resolution on the case of Ildar Dadin, prisoner of consience in Russia


The European Parliament,

having regard to its previous resolutions on Russian Federation;


having regard to the results of the EU-Russia Summit of 3-4 June 2013 and the human rights consultations of 19 May 2013,

having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948,


having regard to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders,

having regard to the reports of several organizations, such as the Summary of Amnesty International’s Concerns in the Russian Federation of the 19th October 2016;


having regard to the preoccupations repeatedly expressed by various prestigious organizations which represent civil society,

having regard to the press release of the Council of Europe of 4th November 2016 and to the declarations of the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland,

having regard to Rule 135 of its Rules of Procedure,



a) whereas Ildar Dadin is a "peaceful opposition activist" who has attended rallies in support of the LGBT community;


b) whereas Ildar Dadin was sentenced to three years imprisonment, reduced on appeal to 2,5 years, by a Moscow court for repeated anti-government street protests on 7th December 2015;


c) whereas he has been under house arrest since 30 January 2015, when his last 15-day administrative detention sentence expired, and was only allowed to leave home to attend court hearings;


d) whereas he was moved in September 2016 to Segezha penal colony in northern Russia to serve his sentence;


e) whereas he was the first person to be jailed using a repressive law introduced in 2014 which punishes repeated breaches of public assembly rules;


f) whereas the right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in the Russian Constitution, as well as in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), treaties to which Russia is a party;


g) whereas Ildar Dadin’s first “violation” of the Russian restrictive legislation on public assemblies was peacefully protesting, as a single picketer, against the conviction of peaceful activists from the Bolotnaya demonstration of 7 May 2012 in Moscow;


h) whereas Ildar Dadin was designated by Amnesty International a prisoner of conscience;


i) whereas his lawyer, Alexey Liptzer, told Human Rights Watch that when he met with his client on October 21, 2016, Dadin told him about strong beatings and death threats from prison guards, and made clear that he feared for his life;


j) whereas Ildar Dadin sent a letter from prison that was published online, and in his allegations he reported beatings, humiliation and rape threats, declaring that, when he arrived in Segezha prison colony on 11 September 2016, he was beaten four times by groups of 10 to 12 people in turn, and the next day he was threatened with rape;


k) whereas in every case, in every circumstance, in these as in other cases all over the world, human rights must be unequivocally and unconditionally affirmed and defended; torture must be unequivocally and unconditionally condemned and prevented; and fair process conditions must be unequivocally and unconditionally offered to every single detainee, no matter what are the charges against him or her;


1. Expresses concern about the alleged use of torture or ill-treatment against Ildar Dadin, and against any other detainee or accused people;

2. Reminds that the freedom to take part in a peaceful assembly is of such importance, as the European Court of Human Rights has made clear, that a person cannot be subject to a sanction – even a minor one – for participation in a demonstration that has not been prohibited, so long as this person does not commit an act of violence or similar crime;

3. Calls on the Russian authorities to ensure the respect of the human rights of all detainees, as foreseen by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR);

4. Asks the Russian authorities to ensure that all the national laws respect the human rights, and the freedom of expression and of manifestation of all the people in the Russian Federation;

5. Calls on the Russian Federation to ensure Ildar Dadin all the internationally recognised human rights and guarantees regarding his medical treatment, nourishment, confidential access to legal counsel, regular contact with his relatives and close relationships;

6. Calls on the Russian Federation to open an investigation on the allegations of torture occurred against Ildar Dadin, open also to international observers;

7. Deplores any form of violence and threat against any prisoner in Russian jails and asks the authorities to make clear and transparent evidence about all the occurred episodes of maltreatment;

8. Reminds that torture should never be used as an instrument to get information from detainees or to provide a stronger punishment to people sentenced in jail;

9. Stresses that the European institutions and the Russian Federation should cooperate in order to re-establish mutual respect for all fundamental rights, with the hope that relations between Russia and EU will be restored by keeping all the diplomatic channels open, seeking a fruitful cooperation in fields of common interests;

10. 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 governments and parliaments of the Member States, the President, Government and Parliament of the Russian Federation, the EEAS, the OSCE and the Council of Europe.