“The message sent by today’s vote is clear. 21st century Europe will not tolerate the Stalinist-inspired practices of Putin’s Russia and Lukashen’s Belarus, “PMP MEP Eugen Tomac said on Facebook on Thursday.
As the European Parliament has officially concluded that Russia can no longer be considered a “strategic partner”, it, in the context of its antagonistic foreign policy, which includes military intervention and the illegal occupation of third countries, strongly condemns the assassination attempt. Alexei Navalny and expresses its deep concern at the repeated use of neurotoxic chemicals against Russian citizens; Recalls that the use of chemical weapons in all circumstances is a criminal offense under international law, in particular under the Chemical Weapons Convention, ”reads the EP resolution on the poisoning of opponent Alexei Navalny.
The European Parliament also “emphasizes that the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny was part of a systematic effort to silence his voice and that of other dissidents, to discourage further exposure to serious corruption within the regime and to discourage political opposition in the regime.” country in general, especially to influence Russia’s local and regional by-elections on September 11-13. ”
The EP reiterates that the case of Alexei Navalny is only one element of Russia’s broader policy, which focuses on domestic policies of oppression and global aggression, the spread of instability and chaos, the restoration of its sphere of influence and domination and undermining the norm-based international order.
The European Forum calls for the immediate launch of an international inquiry (involving the EU, the UN, the Council of Europe, their allies and the OPCW) and emphasizes its determination to contribute to such an inquiry; calls on the OPCW to initiate a thorough investigation into Russia’s violations of international chemical weapons commitments; calls on the Russian authorities to cooperate fully with the OPCW in order to ensure an impartial international investigation and to prosecute those responsible for the crime committed against Alexei Navalny.
The EP calls on the Foreign Affairs Council to take an active position on this issue at its meeting on 21 September; calls on the EU to establish a list of ambitious restrictive measures against Russia as soon as possible and to tighten existing sanctions against Russia; calls for the implementation of such sanctioning mechanisms to allow the collection and freezing of European assets of persons considered corrupt by the Alexei Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation.
The European Parliament “calls on the Russian authorities to end harassment, intimidation, violence and repression against political opponents, ending the prevailing climate of impunity that has already killed many journalists, human rights defenders and opposition politicians; emphasizes the need to ensure that such persons can carry out their legitimate and useful activities without interference and without fear for their own lives or for the lives of their family members and friends “, according to the quoted source.
The EP also calls on the EU to continue to call on Russia to repeal or amend all laws inconsistent with international standards, including recent illegal amendments to Russia’s constitution and legal framework on elections, as well as legislation on foreign agents and undesirable organizations, in order to to support pluralism and the conduct of free and fair elections and to create a level playing field for opposition candidates.
The European Parliament also expresses its solidarity with the democratic forces in Russia, which are campaigning for an open and free society, and their support for all persons and organizations that are the target of attacks and repression.
The EP demands the immediate and unconditional release of all detainees arbitrarily detained during the protests in Belarus
In its resolution on the situation in Belarus, the European Parliament condemns the intimidation and persecution of protesters after the “falsified elections of 9 August”.
Thus, the EP “condemns the constant intimidation and persecution of strike participants, members of the Coordinating Council and other opposition figures, civil society activists, independent journalists and bloggers, as well as the disproportionate use of force against them; calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all persons arbitrarily detained before and after the rigged elections of 9 August, including Pavel Seviarinet, Mikalai Statkievich, Maria Kalesnikova, Andrei Iahorau, Anton Radniankou and Ivan Krautsou; calls for an end to all legal proceedings for political reasons “, according to the resolution on the situation in Belarus adopted by the European forum on Thursday.
The EP welcomes the Coordinating Council as the interim representative of those calling for democratic change in Belarus, open to all political and social actors.
The European Parliament “supports a peaceful and democratic transition of power as a result of a nationwide dialogue involving all parties and fully respecting the democratic and fundamental rights of the Belarusian people; reiterates, in this regard, the request of the Belarusian people to hold new, free and fair elections as soon as possible, under international supervision, mainly of the OSCE / ODIHR, and in accordance with internationally recognized standards, “according to the source.
The quoted source expresses “the unequivocal support offered to the people of Belarus in their legitimate demands and aspirations for free and fair elections, fundamental freedoms and human rights, democratic representation and political participation, dignity and the right to choose their destiny; notes that the current protest movement in Belarus is based on the broad and widespread demand for democracy in Belarus and that the people of Belarus must enjoy the same fundamental rights of democracy and freedom as all other citizens of the European continent. “
EP calls on the Commission, the VP / HR and the Council to support the democratic opposition in Belarus, including the Coordinating Council headed by Svetlana Tihanovskaia; 8. Expresses its appreciation for the important contribution of the brave women of Belarus, led by Svetlana Tihanovskaia, Veronika Tepkalo and Maria Kalesnikova, and their supporters in expressing and representing the legitimate demands of the Belarusian people; notes that many Belarusian citizens consider Svetlana Tihanovskaia to be the winner of the presidential election and the newly elected President of Belarus.
The European Parliament also calls for the “immediate release of the arrested members of the Coordinating Council: Lilia Vlasova, Maxim Znak, Şiarhei Dileuski and Maria Kolesnikova; insists that any dialogue at national level must take place with the full and unrestricted participation of the Coordinating Council; welcomes the protection afforded to Svetlana Alexievich by representatives of the EU Member States and other countries who share the same vision. “
The EP “deplores, in the harshest terms, the appalling acts of violence and cruel repression and torture to which peaceful protesters and detainees have been subjected; calls for an independent and effective investigation into the protest deaths of the following people: Aliaksandr Taraikouski, Aliaksandr Vikhor, Artiom Parukou, Ghenadi Shutov and Konstantin Shishmakov ”.
The European Forum “calls for an end to all forms of ill-treatment and torture and for the introduction of a specific definition of torture in the Belarussian Penal Code in accordance with international human rights standards and legislative amendments to criminalize enforced disappearances.”
In its resolution on the situation in Belarus, the EP “insists on the need to ensure the right of citizens to exercise their freedom of assembly, association, expression and opinion, as well as to guarantee freedom of the media and therefore the need to to lift all restrictions of fact and law which impede these freedoms; strongly condemns the continued application of the death penalty and calls for its immediate and permanent abolition and, pending the elimination of this type of punishment, calls for the guarantee of an effective right to challenge the death penalty sentences ”.