Parliamentary Commission of equality and non discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE

Free Savchenko: Open letter to European leaders

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As you may know, Nadia Savchenko,  an Ukrainian parliamentary, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is in jail in Federation of Russia since June 17, 2014, despite the parliamentary immunity.

She is accused of directing mortar fire that killed  two journalists. Her trial has been described as a farce by the EU and by the US envoy to the UN. Demonstrations in support of the 34 years old Nadia took place in some Ukrainian cities. On March 4, in protest against the proceedings of the Russian court, she announced a full hunger strike, refusing even liquids.

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On March 11, at the Parliamentary  Commission of equality and non discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE, Anne Negre, gender expert INGOs CoE together with Ms. Svitlana Zalischuk, Ukrainian parliamentary , Mr. Kronbichler, Italian parliamentary , Ms  Ana Birchall, Romanian parliamentary, Ms Elena Centemero, chair, Italian parliamentary , Mr. Jonas Gunnarsson, Sweeden parliamentary, Mr. Jean-Pierre Grin Hoffman, Czech parliamentary have expressed their support to obtain her freedom as she is weakened.

 

More than 9,000 people, including Nobel prize-winner Svitlana Alexievich from Belarus, have signed an open letter iniatied by Ola Hnatiuk, a Ukrainian / Polish intellectual, historian and writer urging European leaders to take action to secure the pilot’s freedom.

Let’s show our support and sign here the online petition: Free Savchenko!

“Our ability to save her life will test the effectiveness of international diplomacy and our commitment to European values.”