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Thursday, 18 July 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Russia, notably the situation of environmental activists and Ukrainian political prisoners

  Catherine Rowett, author. – Madam President, throughout this week speakers have affirmed our European commitment to the highest democratic principles. And after all, it’s only after trying our hardest to live up to those principles in this House that we earn the right to criticise others. Now, however, we must stand up with equal passion for our sisters and brothers elsewhere who face much greater threats to their democratic rights. And most of all, we must cry out against the oppression of well-intentioned people protesting against environmental crimes, for it is they, not those who suppress them, who correctly discern which are the greatest threats to peace and survival. I invite you, colleagues, to join me in condemning the actions of the Russian authorities against these activists and organisations. Their plight is our plight, and their campaign for a clean place to live is a campaign for our world too. These voices must not be silenced.


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