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The European Union called for the release of Eston Kohver in the UN Human Rights Council and OSCE

25.06.2015

The European Union raised the issue of Eston Kohver in the UN Human Rights Council today, calling on Russia to put an end to violations of international law and to immediately release the Estonian citizen.

At today's meeting of the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the EU raised the issue of Eston Kohver item as part of the agenda during which the most serious human rights violations are discussed.

Last Thursday, the European Union made the same statement to the European Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Joining the statement of the European Union in the OSCE were Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Macedonia *, Montenegro, Moldova, Norway and Ukraine.

A statement to the OSCE demanding for the release of Eston Kohver was also made by the United States and Canada.

"The abduction of Eston Kohver from the territory of the Republic of Estonia by the FSB and his illegal detention in Russia is a blatant violation of international law, which has lasted for more than nine months now," Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said. "We are grateful to all our allies and partners who are raising this issue with Russia bilaterally and are helping to keep up international pressure, so that the abducted Estonian citizen will be allowed to return home to his family," the minister stressed.

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