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Shortly after the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation in 2014, film director Oleg Sentsov was arrested in Crimea. His health is at risk of rapid deterioration. He should be immediately and unconditionally released on humanitarian grounds.

The authorities in Turkey need to ensure the right to fair trail, a legal process, on the basis of the principle of presumption of innocence.

Shortly after the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation in 2014, film director Oleg Sentsov was arrested in Crimea. He was treated by the Russian Federation as a Russian citizen despite his Ukrainian citizenship and against his explicit will.

Today's dismissal of the Director General of the national public broadcaster in Montenegro (RTCG), Ms Andrijana Kadija goes against freedom of expression and media which is a fundamental value of the European Union.

More than 10,000 visitors took advantage of the Open Day of the European Parliament in Strasbourg last Sunday, June 10, 2018 to strengthen their European spirit and deepen the knowledge of this institution. The Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe was present.

The European Union expects international human rights standards on the peninsula to be upheld and all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula to be released without delay.

The European Union reiterates its full support for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166, which demands that those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 be held to account and that all States cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability.

The EU is alarmed of yet two new and recent executions in Belarus. The executions of Viktar Lyotaw and Alyaksey Mikhalenya have taken place in secret in mid-May 2018. The EU reaffirms its principled position against the death penalty in all times and in any circumstance.

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