As usual, the plenary session of the European Parliament ended with three debates and votes on human rights issues in the world. On 7 May 2009, the topics were the cases of Roxana Saberi (Iran) and Manuel Rosales (Venezuela), and the situation in Madagascar.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
|| Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
|| Soundbite by Tunne Kelam, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) on the Roxana Saberi case: we are there to address a message to the Iranian authorities that we firmly condemn the sentence pronounced by the Iranian Revolutionary Court on 18 April 2009 and that we ask that Ms Saberi should be immediately and unconditionally freed on the basis that the trial was held in camera without legal process.
|| Soundbite by Paulo Casaca, Member of the EP, (in PORTUGUESE) on the Roxana Saberi case: on 2 May 2009 last, the imprisonment of second- or third-country nationals like the American Roxana Saberi is also routine practice in Iran as they see to blackmail other countries' governments; the brutality of the Iranian regime is not only the fault of extremists, the European governments by their silence and tolerance are indulging the Iranian government allowing it to get way with this political blackmail.
|| Soundbite by Leonard Orban, Member of the EC in charge of Multilingualism, (in ENGLISH) on the Roxana Saberi case: we hope that the Iranian judiciary will ensure a fair and transparent appeal trial without any delay with all the guarantees provided by the Iranian legislation; the Commission is deeply concerned at the steady deterioration of the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Iran.
|| Soundbite by Glyn Ford, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) on Madagascar: we want to see the suspension of the National Assembly and Senate lifted and urge that for the mandate and immunity of parliamentarians to be respected; this is only going to happen if the international community can work together to step up its efforts and put pressure to end the political violence and the political impasse in that country.
|| Soundbite by Thierry Cornillet, Member of the EP, (in FRENCH) on Madagascar: what we are calling for is to echo the cause in the international community to send a clear signal to those who have seized the power undemocratically, those who have used a coup to seize power; we need to restore constitutional order because that is a key element for the future development of this island.
|| Soundbite by Leonard Orban (in ENGLISH) on Madagascar: at this stage, the prevailing view is that the relevant Malagasy political stakeholders agree on a road map for a return to Constitutional order under holding of elections.
|| Soundbite by Marios Matsakis, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) on the Manuel Rosales case: this case is another example of the arrogance and paranoid behaviour sometimes exhibited by the increasingly more authoritarian government of Venezuela; the political persecution of Mr Rosales and many others is regrettable and condemnable in the strongest possible terms; and we will call on the government of that country to start behaving sensibly and democratically and to stop violating the human rights of its citizens.
|| Soundbite by José Ribeiro e Castro, Member of the EP, (in PORTUGUESE) on the Manuel Rosales case: Chavez is in fact a dictator; he has electoral support because the citizens have been intimidated on their way to polling stations; I know Manuel Rosales; I met him in Venezuela; I am sad of his fate; he can be a free man here but not in his own country; this is the problem of Venezuela.
|| Soundbite by Leonard Orban, (in ENGLISH) on the Manuel Rosales case: we hope that the democratic institutions of Venezuela will respect the rule of law and preserve democracy in the country whilst complying with the obligations flowing from the international agreements signed and ratified by Venezuela including the American Convention on Human Rights and specifically the provisions on political rights set out in article 23.
|| Cutaway (5 shots)