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7. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, the Presidents in the OSCE’s Minsk Group, the parliaments of Armenia and Azerbaijan and the representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh.

7. Human rights
(a) B4-0240, 0249, 0258, 0274, 0298 and 0308/99 Resolution on the situation of human rights in Cuba The European Parliament, A. whereas the most recently adopted Cuban laws amending the Penal Code and the National Independence Protection Code extend both their scope and the length of the sentences involved, going so far as to include the death penalty, B. whereas on 16 July 1997, Vladimiro Roca, Felix Bonne, Marta Beatriz Roque and Rene Gomez ´ ´ ´ Manzano were arrested and imprisoned without being charged, following the publication of the document ‘the motherland belongs to everyone’ and which urged electoral abstentionism as a peaceful way of rejecting the Cuban regime, C. whereas it took almost a year to state that the reason for their imprisonment was ‘sedition’ and 19 months for the prisoners to come to trial on 1 March this year, and whereas EU diplomats and the media were denied access to the court and a mere 13 hours were required for the court to retire to consider its verdict, D. whereas 50 members of the opposition were taken into custody and sixty dissidents placed under house arrest on the eve of the trial, to remain so until the end of the trial, 1. Rejects the adoption of new laws which, amongst other planned measures, extend the scope of the death penalty and limit the exercise of fundamental freedoms; 2. Calls on the Cuban authorities to release all political prisoners starting with the four on trial;

3. Condemns the imprisonment and house arrest of dissidents and members of the opposition, which flagrantly violates human rights; 4. Calls on the Council and the Commission to continue their efforts to achieve positive change in Cuba through constructive dialogue, while upholding EU principles with regard to respect for human rights and democratic values, and to make sure that EU programmes contribute to this goal; 5. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the Cuban authorities and to the National People’s Assembly of Cuba.

(b) B4-0237, 0273, 0287, 0292 and 0296/99 Resolution on human rights violations in Colombia The European Parliament, − having regard to its previous resolutions on Colombia, − having regard to the forthcoming sittings of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights,

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A. alarmed by the violent attacks on human rights supporters, members of the Technical Research Corps of the State Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalıa General de la Nacion) and of the Administrative Department ´ ´ of Security (DAS), B. extremely concerned that the massive violations of human rights show no signs of abating and by the systematic elimination of human rights supporters, social activists and trade unionists, C. whereas the continuing climate of violence in Colombia and the systematic violation of human rights by paramilitary and guerrilla groups, above all the FARC (Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces), are endangering the future of the peace negotiations, D. whereas the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a communique calling for ´ emergency measures to provide individual and institutional protection for representatives of human rights associations, E. whereas a special committee to promote the investigation of human rights violations was set up on 1 December 1998, 1. Condemns the murderous attacks and abductions of human rights activists in Colombia, and expresses its solidarity with all those working on behalf of the rule of law in that country; 2. Condemns in the strongest possible terms the executions and kidnappings carried out by paramilitary groups, the FARC and other guerrillas; 3. Repeats its call to the Colombian authorities to defend and protect those active in the defence of human rights and reaffirms its support for the authorities’ efforts in this area; 4. Urges the Council and Commission to continue their efforts to secure the protection of human rights activists, and bring all possible pressure to bear on the Colombian Government to meet its obligations to protect the lives of its citizens and punish all those who threaten their safety, and calls on the Council to support the Colombian case at the forthcoming UN meeting in Geneva; 5. Calls on the Colombian Government to implement the UN recommendations on the disbanding of paramilitary groups, the arrest of their members and the punishing of those who support them; 6. Calls, furthermore, for the state security bodies’ files to be searched under international supervision;

7. Calls on the Colombian Senate and Congress to adopt the bill making ‘forced disappearance’ a specific crime under the penal code; 8. Reiterates its firm support for the peace negotiations which President Andres Pastrana is conducting ´ with the FARC and ELN (National Liberation Army) guerrillas as an essential precondition for bringing these intolerable violations of human rights to an end; 9. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Colombian Government, Senate and Congress and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

(c) B4-0252, 0264, 0268, 0306 and 0307/99 Resolution on the human rights situation in Indonesia, the Moluccan Islands and East Timor The European Parliament, − having regard to its previous resolutions on the situation in Indonesia, A. whereas on 7 June 1999 elections are due to take place throughout Indonesia for the Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat, the Indonesian Parliament, B. having regard to the violent incidents that have taken place on the Moluccan Archipelago, which have cost the lives of over 200 people and have destroyed the homes of several thousand families,

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