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JOINT MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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20.1.2016

Tabled under Rule 135 (5) and Rule 123 (4) of the Rules of Procedure

instead of the motions for resolutions by the political groups:

EFDD (B8-0085 / 2016)

PPE (B8-0090 / 2016)

ALDE (B8-0093 / 2016)

ECR (B8-0096 / 2016)

S&D (B8-0099 / 2016)


on the detention of Estonian and British seafarers in India (2016/2522 (RSP))


Cristian Dan Preda, Lara Comi, Tunne Kelam, Elmar Brok, Davor Ivo Stier, Andrej Plenković, Patricija Šulin, Jarosław Wałęsa, Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Eduard Kukan, Brian Hayes, Bogdan Brunon Wenta, Thomas Mann, Csaba Sógor, Claude Rolin, Andrey Kovatchev, Eva Paunova, Milan Zver, Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, Pavel Svoboda, Ivan Štefanec, Michaela Šojdrová, Tomáš Zdechovský, Sven Schulze, Jaromír Štětina, Andrey Novakov, Lefteris Christoforou, Józsefana Pety, Dubravijk, Anna, Marbana Pety, Dubraváors Roberta Metsola, Joachim Zeller, Lorenzo Cesa, David McAllister, Stanislav Polčák, Ivana Maletić, László Tőkés, Elisabetta Gardini, Romana Tomc, Inese Vaidere, on behalf of the PPE Group
Nikos Androulakis, Zigmantas Balčytis, Hugues Bayet, Brando Benifei, Goffredo Maria Bettini, José Blanco López, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Simona Bonafè, Biljana Borzan, Victor Boştinaru, Nicola Caputo, Andrea Cozzolino, Andi Cristea, De Miriam Monte, Nicola Monteanti, Andi Cristea, De Miriam , Monika Flašíková Beňová, Knut Fleckenstein, Doru-Claudian Frunzulică, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Enrico Gasbarra, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, Michela Giuffrida, Sylvie Guillaume, Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Liisa Jaakonsaula, Afzalash Khan, Mietapetrien K Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Andrejs Mamikins, Costas Mavrides, Marlene Mizzi, Sorin Moisă, Luigi Morgano, Momchil Nekov, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Demetris Papadakis, Pina Picierno, Tonino Picula, Miroslav Poche, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Monika Siolnández , Tibor Szanyi, Marc Tarabella, Patrizia Toia, Julie Ward, Josef Weidenholzer, on behalf of the S&D Group
Geoffrey Van Orden, Monica Macovei, Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, Ryszard Antoni Legutko, Ryszard Czarnecki, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Karol Karski, Ruža Tomašić, Angel Dzhambazki, Jana Žitňanská, Branislav Škripek on behalf of the ECR parliamentary group
Urmas Paet, Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, Petras Auštrevičius, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Marielle de Sarnez, Pavel Telička, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, Ivo Vajgl, Paavo Väyrynen, Dita Charanzová, José Drickia Ali, Federajcovina, Nedzhmi In Ali, Marticovina , Nathalie Griesbeck, Marian Harkin, Filiz Hyusmenova, Ivan Jakovčić, Petr Ježek, Kaja Kallas, Louis Michel, Javier Nart, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Frédérique Ries, Robert Rochefort, Johannes Cornelis van Baalen, Hilde Vautmans, Valentinas Mazuronis, Marietje Schaake, Jasenko Selimovic, on behalf of the ALDE Group
Ignazio Corrao, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Rolandas Paksas, on behalf of the EFDD Group

European Parliament resolution on the detention of Estonian and British seafarers in India (2016/2522 (RSP))

The European Parliament,

- having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

- having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (IPCPR), in particular Articles 9, 10 and 14,

- having regard to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),

- based on Rule 135 (5) and Rule 123 (4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas on October 12, 2013 the 35-man crew (including 14 Estonian, six British, Indian and Ukrainian citizens) of the US private ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio, flying the flag of Sierra Leone, charged with illegal gun possession arrested in Indian waters in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu;

B. whereas the ship's crew appeared to be involved in an anti-piracy mission, did not engage in aggressive acts against Indian citizens, and consistently denied any wrongdoing;

C. whereas the charges were soon overturned, the Indian authorities lodged a complaint and the Supreme Court decided to proceed; whereas those affected have not been able to leave India and have consequently been unable to work during this period;

D. whereas the Indian authorities and their British and Estonian counterparts have had extensive and regular exchanges at the highest level, including ministerial and prime ministerial levels; whereas in this context calls were made, inter alia, for the early return of the 14 Estonian and six British crew members, citing the financial difficulties and emotional distress of their families;

E. whereas on 12 January 2016 each of the 35 sea guards and guards was sentenced to a maximum of five years' labor imprisonment and a fine of INR 3,000 (around EUR 40); whereas the men are currently in Palayamkottai Prison in Tamil Nadu; whereas they are considering appealing this judgment within the allotted 90 days;

F. whereas recent events have caused amazement and consternation in many places;

1. Respects the sovereignty of the Indian state over its territory and jurisdiction and recognizes the integrity of the Indian legal system;

2. Shares India's well-founded concern and sensitivity regarding terrorism, based on recent experience;

3. Is aware of the fact that the crew members concerned have reportedly been involved in the fight against piracy and that the presence of protection teams on board a ship has proven to be the most effective measure to deter pirates and therefore the support of the international community, including India, deserves;

4. Calls on the Indian authorities to ensure that the case of the occupation of MVSeaman Guard Ohio is handled with full respect for the human and legal rights of the accused, and that what is required in the various charters, treaties and conventions issued by India in the field of Has signed human rights, obligations contained therein are respected;

5. Urges the Indian authorities to act benevolently in this case, to conclude the legal proceedings as quickly as possible and to release all affected crew members pending the conclusion of the legal proceedings in order to minimize the negative impact on those affected and their families;

6. Recommends that India consider signing the Montreux Document of 18 September 2008 which, among other things, sets out how international law is to be applied to the operations of private military and security companies;

7. Highlights the excellent long-standing relationship between the EU and its Member States and India; Urges India and the European countries concerned to ensure that this incident does not adversely affect other areas of their relations; Considers close economic, political and strategic cooperation between India and the EU Member States and the EU as a whole to be extremely important;

8. Calls on the EU and India to strengthen their cooperation in the field of maritime security and the fight against piracy, in particular to develop international doctrine and standard procedures in order to fully exploit the potential that India's role in the region offers ; also firmly believes that these measures will help prevent similar contentious cases in the future;

9. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Government and Parliament of India.