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DIRECTRICES DE LA UE SOBRE LOS DEFENSORES

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21 octobre 2010 – Le Parlement européen,

– vu sa résolution du 17 septembre 2009 sur les meurtres de défenseurs des droits de l’homme en Russie(1) ,

– vu l’attribution, le 16 décembre 2009, du prix Sakharov 2009 à Oleg Orlov, Sergei Kovalev et Lyudmila Alexeyeva, au nom du Centre des droits de l’homme «Memorial» et de tous les autres défenseurs des droits de l’homme en Russie,

– vu l’accord de partenariat et de coopération entre l’Union européenne et la Fédération de Russie, qui est entré en vigueur en 1997 et a été prorogé jusqu’à son remplacement par un nouvel accord,

– vu les négociations en cours sur un nouvel accord prévoyant un nouveau cadre global pour les relations Union européenne-Russie,

– vu la Convention de sauvegarde des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales, la Déclaration des Nations unies sur les défenseurs des droits de l’homme et la Déclaration des Nations unies sur le droit et la responsabilité des individus, groupes et organes de la société de promouvoir et protéger les droits de l’homme et les libertés fondamentales universellement reconnus, (más…)

(Brussels, 8th October 2010) Nobel Peace Prize: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, congratulates Liu Xiaobo:

I would like to convey my congratulations to Liu Xiaobo for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2010. The decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee is a strong message of support to all those around the world who, sometimes with great personal sacrifice, are struggling for freedom and human rights. These values are at the core of the European Union and the decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee highlighted their importance all over the world.

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(Brussels, 8 October 2010) Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission made the following statement:

I want to congratulate Liu Xiaobo on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The choice of Nobel Committee reflects Liu Xiaobo’s leading role in calling for democratic and rights-based political reform in China, and I hope he will be able to receive his prize in person.

I am convinced that this award will inspire human rights defenders worldwide. I take this opportunity to recall the firm commitment of the European Union and myself in supporting their efforts.

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The spokesperson of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission Catherine Ashton issued a following statement today:

“The High Representative Catherine Ashton is deeply concerned by the conviction of Kyrgyz human rights defender Azimjan Askarov to a life sentence and confiscation of his property, in the light of the manifest violations of his right to a fair trial. This ruling sends a negative signal with regards to the situation of human rights defenders in the country and runs counter to ongoing efforts towards inter-ethnic reconciliation.

High Representative remains seriously concerned by reports that Mr Askarov was ill-treated while in police custody and that his lawyer and relatives were harassed. She wishes to remind the Kyrgyz authorities of their obligations to investigate allegations of torture in an impartial and prompt manner and to protect human rights defenders in light of the commitments freely undertaken by Kyrgyzstan under international and domestic law.

Should Mr Askarov decide to appeal, HR urges the authorities to do everything in their power to ensure that his right to a fair trial is respected, and that the safety of the defendants, their relatives and their lawyers and the impartiality of the proceedings is ensured.

Mr Askarov and his non-governmental organisation “Air”, have carried out important work in documenting prison conditions and the treatment of detainees by police in the Jalal-Abad province, and recently recorded the violent incidents that took place in the region during the June events.

The EU attended the full proceedings of the trial, and has regularly raised the case of Mr Askarov with the authorities. The EU will continue to monitor the overall situation of human rights defenders in Kyrgyzstan.”

Le Parlement européen,

– vu ses précédentes résolutions sur la Syrie, et notamment celles du 8 septembre 2005 sur les prisonniers politiques en Syrie(1) , du 15 juin 2006 sur les droits de l’homme en Syrie(2) , du 24 mai 2007 sur les droits de l’homme en Syrie(3) et du 17 septembre 2009 sur la Syrie: le cas de Muhannad Al-Hassani(4) ,

– vu son rapport, adopté le 10 octobre 2006, contenant la recommandation du Parlement européen au Conseil relative à la conclusion d’un accord euro-méditerranéen d’association entre la Communauté européenne et ses États membres, d’une part, et la République arabe syrienne, d’autre part,

– vu son rapport, adopté le 17 juin 2010, sur la politique de l’UE en faveur des défenseurs des droits de l’homme, (más…)

Brussels, 24 August 2010 A 167/10 – The spokesperson of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission Catherine Ashton issued the following statement today :

“The High Representative is concerned by the conviction of 39-year-old Abdallah Abu Rahma in an Israeli military court on charges of incitement and organising and attending demonstrations. He is due to be sentenced shortly. The EU considers Abdallah Abu Rahma to be a Human Rights Defender committed to non violent protest against the route of the Israeli separation barrier through his West Bank village of Bil’in.

The EU considers the route of the barrier where it is built on Palestinian land to be illegal. The High Representative is deeply concerned that the possible imprisonment of Mr Abu Rahma is intended to prevent him and other Palestinians from exercising their legitimate right to protest against the existence of the separation barriers in a non violent manner. “

Note to Editors: The EU attended all court hearings in the case of Abdallah Abu Rahma, who has been in detention since 10 December 2009.”