The European Parliament urges Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoners

MEPs today adopted a human rights resolution, calling on the Russian government to immediately and unconditionally release dozens of Ukrainian political prisoners, who have been illegally detained and imprisoned in Russia and occupied Crimea.   Continue reading

Julie hosts event on Ukrainian Political prisoners at European Parliament

On Tuesday, 28 February, 2017, Julie and Mrs Marju Lauristin (S&D, Estonia) hosted the Open Dialog Foundation for a debate event on the “Ukrainian Political Prisoners in Russia and occupied Crimea”, at the European Parliament , as well as a movie screening of Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker and political prisoner in Russia followed the debate.       Continue reading

Human rights under threat in Kazakhstan, say S&D MEPs

The issue of human rights in Kazakhstan was debated by members of the European Parliament today in Strasbourg at an event organised by Socialists & Democrats political group members Marju Lauristin, Mady Delvaux and Julie Ward in co-operation with the Open Dialog Foundation and participation of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh politician and leader of the opposition.     Continue reading

Letter to Oleg Sentsov - Write for Rights

As part of Amnesty International's Write for Rights campaign to support and free political prisoner, Julie has sent this letter to imprisoned Ukrainian film-maker, Oleg Sentsov.     Continue reading

Letter to Oleg Sentsov's Prison Warden

The Open Dialogue Foundation, which promotes democracy and human rights in post-Soviet states, has been campaigning for the release of the "Kremlin Hostages", a group of 28 Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia. Julie has decided to adopt and sponsor one of the prisoners, the filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. As an artist herself, Julie would like to support a creator who is being persecuted for his work.   Continue reading

Nadiya Savchenko released at last

The Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has finllay been released in by the Russian government following a prisoner swap.   Continue reading

Julie in support of Kazakh oppposition Respublika

Julie has written in support of democratic journalists and human rights defenders from Kazakhstan, Respublika, in order to raise aware of the persecution against them by the Kazakh government through law suits filed in the US.     Continue reading

Letter to Putin regarding the verdict in Savchenko's trial

A letter from MEPs to Vladimir Putin to express their strong protest concerning the "trial" of Nadiya Savchenko. Continue reading

MEP open letter on the case of Imprisoned Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko

Today, MEPs sent EU Higher Representative on Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini an Open Letter for the EU to take action on the case of political prisoner Nadiya Savchenko. Julie joins the call, and look to see EU action taken to secure Nadiya's release.       Continue reading