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In support with pro-peace opposition in the Russian Federation

Written declaration No. 740 | Doc. 15480 | 17 March 2022

Ms Laura CASTEL, Spain, UEL ; Ms Nerea AHEDO, Spain, ALDE ; Ms Maryna BARDINA, Ukraine, ALDE ; Ms Krista BAUMANE, Latvia, ALDE ; Ms Petra BAYR, Austria, SOC ; Ms Marina BERLINGHIERI, Italy, SOC ; Ms Larysa BILOZIR, Ukraine, ALDE ; Ms Anne Sophie CALLESEN, Denmark, ALDE ; Mr François CALVET, France, EPP/CD ; Mr Pedro CEGONHO, Portugal, SOC ; Ms Jennifer DE TEMMERMAN, France, ALDE ; Ms Khatia DEKANOIDZE, Georgia, EPP/CD ; Ms Ekaterina DIMITRUSHEVA, Bulgaria, NR ; Ms Pero DÜNDAR, Turkey, UEL ; Mr Yunus EMRE, Turkey, SOC ; Mr Paul GAVAN, Ireland, UEL ; Mr Gusty GRAAS, Luxembourg, ALDE ; Mr Andrej HUNKO, Germany, UEL ; Mr Momodou Malcolm JALLOW, Sweden, UEL ; Mr Bjarni JÓNSSON, Iceland, UEL ; Ms Catherine KAMOWSKI, France, ALDE ; Mr George KATROUGALOS, Greece, UEL ; Ms Olena KHOMENKO, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Ms Mai KIVELÄ, Finland, UEL ; Mr Christian KLINGER, France, EPP/CD ; Ms Martine LEGUILLE BALLOY, France, ALDE ; Mr Max LUCKS, Germany, SOC ; Mr Saša MAGAZINOVIĆ, Bosnia and Herzegovina, SOC ; Mr Gianni MARILOTTI, Italy, SOC ; Ms María Valentina MARTÍNEZ FERRO, Spain, EPP/CD ; Ms Mariia MEZENTSEVA, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Mr Joseph O'REILLY, Ireland, EPP/CD ; Mr Hişyar ÖZSOY, Turkey, UEL ; Mr Bolesław PIECHA, Poland, EC/DA ; Mr Alberto RIBOLLA, Italy, EC/DA ; Ms Selin SAYEK BÖKE, Turkey, SOC ; Mr Frank SCHWABE, Germany, SOC ; Mr Nicos TORNARITIS, Cyprus, EPP/CD ; Ms Derya TÜRK-NACHBAUR, Germany, SOC ; Ms Lesia VASYLENKO, Ukraine, ALDE ; Ms Yelyzaveta YASKO, Ukraine, EPP/CD

We, the undersigned, declare the following:

We support the rising peace movement against the war in Ukraine, everywhere in Europe and specially in the Russian Federation.

The aggression against Ukraine is accompanied by a crackdown on opponents of the war and other dissidents in the Russian Federation.

As we stand in solidarity with pro-peace protests, we are alarmed at the 14 000 people detained by Russian security forces since the invasion began in February 2022.

Reports show police abuse and the lack of fair trial guarantees for human rights defenders and opponents of the war.

Media exodus and nationwide criminalisation of public and free expression in the Russian Federation are particularly worrisome.

As the situation unfolds, a continuous engagement and support of human rights defenders, democratic forces and independent media in the Russian Federation is crucial.

We recall that the Russian Federation must guarantee the application of the European Convention on Human Rights and United Nations treaties also to persons within its own jurisdiction, securing their right to liberty, expression and with an absolute ban on torture.

We ask all member States to take a united and resolute support with pro-peace movements. We ask them to undertake initiatives to secure the presence of international and human rights organisations to document possible violations of human rights.