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PACE: Navanly must be released

Today PACE adopted a resolution demanding the release of Alexei Navalny. PACE also supported a recommendation inivting the  “Committee of  Ministers to  use all the tools at its disposal, including those under article 46  of  the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5), to ensure full and prompt execution and in particular the immediate release of Mr Navalny”.

“Today's debate is essential. It is essential, firstly, for Alexei Navalny, who is suffering alone in prison. The reports on his state of health are alarming. Allow me at this point to spare a thought for him, for his wife Yulia and for his children Daria and Zakhar.
The report is important for Russia because it goes to the heart of the pact that unites us with our Russian colleagues: respect for the European Convention on Human Rights.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Navalny's conviction is illegal. Yet he is still in prison. This is despite the court's adoption of a binding interim measure in February calling for his release. This is despite the request by the Committee of Ministers, responsible for supervising the enforcement of judgments, to quash his conviction and release him. And this despite the first appeal we made here in this Chamber at the January plenary session,” said Jacques Maire, PACE rapporteur of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

 

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