COPENHAGEN, 29 July 2015 – Isabel Santos (MP, Portugal), the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, today raised grave concerns over the treatment of jailed Kazakhstani opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov.
Kozlov has been subjected to punitive measures for alleged violations of prison rules. He briefly declared a hunger strike last week in protest at his treatment after he was placed in solitary confinement and later transferred to a strict-regime cellblock.
“The conditions under which Vladimir Kozlov is being held are totally unacceptable. Not only is Mr. Kozlov unjustly detained, but now he is being subjected to harsh treatment,” said Santos. “Moreover, these measures could adversely affect his parole eligibility and keep him behind bars despite his poor health.”
COPENHAGEN, 17 July 2015 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland) met today in Moscow with Russian State Duma Chairperson and Head of the Russian Delegation to the OSCE PA Sergey Naryshkin for talks that focused on the Assembly’s recent Annual Session, Russia’s participation in the Assembly’s work and developments in and around Ukraine.
Alexey Pushkov, the Chairperson of the Duma’s International Affairs Committee, and Leonid Slutsky, the Chairperson of the Duma’s CIS Affairs and Eurasian Integration Committee, both of whom are members of the Russian Delegation to the OSCE PA, also participated in the meeting.
President Kanerva shared with the Chairpersons the 2015 Helsinki Declaration, the final document approved by the Assembly at its Annual Session, which concluded on 9 July in the Finnish capital. The Declaration contains the Assembly’s wide-ranging policy recommendations and pronouncements for the OSCE and its 57 participating States in the fields of political affairs and security, economics, the environment and human rights.
The sides discussed Russia’s choice to not send a delegation to the Annual Session following the decision of the government of Finland to enforce European Union visa bans against Chairperson Naryshkin and several other Russian parliamentarians who had registered to participate.
HELSINKI, 9 July 2015 – The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has adopted the 2015 Helsinki Declaration, containing the Assembly’s wide-ranging policy recommendations and pronouncements for the OSCE and its 57 participating States in the fields of political affairs and security, economics, the environment and human rights.
The Declaration is the final product of the Assembly’s 2015 Annual Session, which was held this week in the Finnish capital to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the OSCE’s founding document, the Helsinki Final Act. The Annual Session took place in historic Finlandia Hall, the site of the signing of the Act in 1975.
The crisis in and around Ukraine, the plight of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean region, arms control, global warming, water management, terrorism, anti-LGBT legislation, and threats to civil society groups are among the topics addressed in the Declaration’s 141 clauses.
The document also makes an emphatic call for OSCE participating States to renew their commitment to the tenets of the Helsinki Final Act.
The Assembly also approved several resolutions to accompany the Declaration, including a condemnation of Russia’s violations of core OSCE principles in Ukraine; a call for comprehensive legislative reform to address the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters; an appeal for enhanced co-operation on economic and environmental issues in the Arctic; an affirmation of the need to safeguard the rights and human dignity of migrants and refugees; and more.
meeting in Helsinki this week at its 2015 Annual Session, has approved a resolution condemning Russia’s actions in and around Ukraine in the context of the ongoing crisis.HELSINKI, 8 July 2015 – The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly,
Parliamentarians from three continents voted by a margin of 96 in favor to 7 against with 32 abstentions on the resolution, which condemns Russia’s “unilateral and unjustified assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
The resolution, which is titled “The Continuation of Clear, Gross and Uncorrected Violations of OSCE Commitments and International Norms by the Russian Federation,” was principally sponsored by Dean Allison, the Head of Canada’s Delegation to the OSCE PA. The text was a compromise version of similar items submitted by the Delegations of Canada and Ukraine.
The Russian Delegation to the OSCE PA was not present for the vote following its decision to not attend the 2015 Annual Session.
Among more than 40 clauses, the approved text “calls on the Russian Federation to stop the supply and flow of heavy weaponry, ammunition, units of the Russian Armed Forces and mercenaries across the Russian border into eastern Ukraine [and] cease providing any military, financial or logistical aid to illegal armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.”