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P6_TA(2007)0087
Attack on Galina Kozlova
European Parliament resolution of 15 March 2007 on Galina Kozlova
The European Parliament
,
— 
having regard to its previous resolution of 12 May 2005 on violations of human rights and democracy in the Republic of Mari El in the Russian Federation(
1
), to its other resolutions on Russia, in particular that of 13 December 2006 on the EU-Russia summit which was held in Helsinki on 24 November 2006(
2
) and that of 25 October 2006 on EU-Russia relations following the murder of the Russianjournalist Anna Politkovskaya(
3
), and to the resolution on EU-Russia relations adopted on26 May 2005(
4
),
— 
having regard to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities andtheir Member States, of the one part, and the Russian Federation, of the other part, which entered intoforce on 1 December 1997(
5
),
— 
having regard to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Free-doms, and in particular to Article10 thereof,
— 
having regard to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages signed by the RussianFederation on 10 May 2001,
— 
having regard to the Constitution of the Mari Republic (Mari El), which recognises Mari as one of theState languages, and to the 1995 Act on Linguistic Matters that declares Mari El a multi-ethnic republicand provides for the right of all citizens regardless of their ethnicity to maintain and develop their native language and culture,
— 
having regard to the credible reports by Russian and international NGOs of continuing violations of human rights and irregularities in Mari El,
— 
having regard to the ongoing EU-Russia consultations on human rights, minorities and fundamentalfreedoms,
— 
having regard to Rule 103(4) of its Rules of Procedure,A. whereas Galina Kozlova, a member of the board of the Mari national organisation Mari U
š
em, editor of the literary magazine Ont
š
õko and wife of Vladimir Kozlov, chair of the Mari council, was brutally attacked on 25 January 2007 and suffered head injuries resulting in concussion and severe headaches,dizziness and eyesight problems,B. whereas, according to Mari U
š
em, the attack could not have been an ordinary robbery attempt,C. whereas the attack on Mrs Kozlova followed a series of attacks on activists and journalists in Mari El,including the killing of three journalists in 2001, an attack on Vladimir Kozlov on 4 February 2005and an attack on the former leader of the Mari movement, Nina Maksimova,D. whereas, in October 2006, Vladimir Kozlov was optimistic about the future of his organisation, point-ing out that no Mari El ethnic rights activist had been the target of an assault for over a year, but thisallegedly less hostile attitude to Mari U
š
em has now been brutally reversed,
(
1
) OJ C 92 E, 20.4.2006, p. 409.(
2
)
Texts Adopted
P6_TA(2006)0566.(
3
)
Texts Adopted
P6_TA(2006)0448.(
4
) OJ C 117 E, 18.5.2006, p. 235.(
5
) OJ L 327, 28.11.1997, p. 1.
C301E/262 EN 13.12.2007Official Journal of the European Union
Thursday 15 March 2007

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