ALDE-PACE calls for the immediate release of Ms Nadiia Savchenko

Strasbourg, 18.04.2016

ALDE-PACE: Free Savchenko
ALDE-PACE: Free Savchenko

At this very moment while we are gathered in Strasbourg, our colleague, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Nadiia Savchenko is dying a painful death. It has been twelve days since she went on "dry" hunger strike, meaning she refuses both food and water. Her body weight loss is reaching a critical point, and doctors have to dilute her blood with medicines to be able to do blood tests. Every second she is dying a little more, and she may not survive until Thursday. ALDE-PACE calls for the immediate release of Ms Savchenko or her transfer to Ukraine. Read more

ALDE-PACE therefore has adopted the following declaration:

1. Having regard to the sentencing of Ms Nadiia Savchenko, Ukrainian MP and former military pilot, by a Russian court to 22 years in prison;
2. Considering that Ms Savchenko has been continuously kept in custody since June 2014;
3. Having regard to her illegal transfer from the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine to the territory of the Russian Federation in order to stand trial for having allegedly participated in killing of two Russian journalists on 17 June 2014;
4. Fearing the irreversible health damage from the multiple hunger strikes that the 34-year-old woman has undertaken in protest of her illegal detention and her sentence;
5. Taking into account that the Minsk agreements signed on 12 February 2015 foresee the exchange of all hostages and persons unlawfully detained in the context of the conflict in the east of Ukraine;
6. Noting that since January 2015 Ms Savchenko enjoys European parliamentary immunity as member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe - immunity which has not been waived - and that the Russian Federation is bound to respect its obligations under international law, as a Party to the General Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Council of Europe (of 2 September 1949) and its Additional Protocol (of 6 November 1952);
7. Taking note of the numerous calls by the international human rights an political bodies to release Ms Savchenko, including in Resolutions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 2034 (2015) and 2063 (2015), Resolution of the European Parliament on "The case of Nadiya Savchenko" (30 April 2015) and Resolution of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on "Abducted and illegally detained Ukrainian Citizens in the Russian Federation" (9 July 2015);
8. Having regard to other cases of illegal detention of Ukrainian citizens by the Russian Federation following the illegal annexation of Crimea and beginning of the armed conflict in the east of Ukraine;

ALDE-PACE calls on the authorities of the Russian Federation to:
- immediately release Ms Nadiia Savchenko or to transfer her to Ukraine;
- refrain from turning Ms Savchenko and other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens into hostages, from endangering their lives and from violating their fundamental rights.
ALDE-PACE also urges Council of Europe member states to take appropriate measures to secure Ms Savchenko's release and save her life.

ALDE-PACE invites PACE to stand up for Nadiia Savchenko
ALDE-PACE invites PACE to stand up for Nadiia Savchenko


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