TOGETHER AS ONE. Ten stories about Estonia's return to independence. 20.08.2017

At the end of 2015 MEP Tunne Kelam initiated a project called Together as One. Ten stories about Estonia's return to independence, to mark the upcoming 25th anniversary of restoration of Estonian independence. Ten short documentaries (100 seconds each), were produced. Now we are ready to share these remarkable stories with international audience, with English subtitles. 

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Call for immediate release of Hengameh Shahidi 04.04.2017

MEP Tunne Kelam calls for immediate release of  Hengameh Shahidi,  journalist, women’s rights activist and Mehdi Karroubi’s Women’s Affairs Advisor, who was illegally arrested and imprisoned in the Evin Prison on 10th of March 2017. Ms Shahidi is on her 25th day of hunger strike which the last 4th day it has been a dry hunger strike and is currently in a very critical condition. Her last contact with her family was on 1st April, when she asked her family to forgive her for any hurt she might have caused, and to consider her last words to them as her "Last Will and Testament" and to donate her body parts.

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Members of the European Parliament demand the immediate release of human rights activists Arash Sadeghi and Ali Shariati 25.01.2017

12 January 2017, Brussels

Following the current reports on the critical condition of Arash Sadeghi and Ali Shariati, two Iranian human rights defenders on hunger strike, Members of the European Parliament demand their immediate and unconditional release. They must be allowed to a hospital to have an extensive treatment.

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Chinese organ transplants 07.07.2016

Tunne Kelam MEP speech at the European Parliament’s debate on China


In dealing with third countries, European Parliament (EP) has stressed that human rights and European values should be mainstreamed in mutual relations. Without exception and not regarding the current political situation.

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Organ Harvesting of Prisoners of Conscience in China 28.06.2016

Press Invitation

Time: 11h00-11h30, June 29, 2016

Location: Press Conference room, PHS 0A050,

European Parliament

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Council, hurry up with data protection package! 21.04.2016

Tunne Kelam MEP on Data protection package, debate on the results of the European Council, March 9, 2016

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Tunne Kelam MEP on Greece: Equality and solidarity apply equally for all 09.07.2015

Tunne Kelam MEP speech at European Parliament debate on Greece, 08 July 2015
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Call to the release of nine Gonabadi Dervishes in Iran 26.02.2015

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Defeating IS crucial for Europe's security 26.02.2015

February 12, 2015

The reinstatement of peace and security in Syria and Iraq following the terrorism and violence perpetuated by the Islamic State (IS) is a top priority for EPP Group MEPs who stressed during today’s plenary debate that immediate humanitarian assistance and protection need to be an integral part of long-term strategies to end the conflict.

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Iraq, Syria and the ISIS: The situation and prospects for Christians in the region 09.07.2014

In the view of the rapidly declining situation in Iraq the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need invited to Brussels a delegation from this country headed by His Beatitude Louis Raphaël Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church. Patriarch Sako who was accompanied with Archbishop Yohanna Petros Mouche of Mosul, and Bishop Youssif Mirkis of Kirkuk met this morning the Members of the European Parliament.

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Delivery of Mistrals to Russia should be stopped immediately 17.03.2014

To the President of the Republic of France

H. E. Mr. François Hollande

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MEP Tunne Kelam statement: Russian Aggression Threatens All of Eastern Europe 01.03.2014

Just one week after the Sochi Olympics, President Putin has made clear the real nature of the current Russian regime.  We are dealing with a big power whose policy is exercising its own interests at expense of the sovereignty of its neighbors and systematically violating international law.

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Estonian MEP: Ukraine must be supported with real aid 26.02.2014

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It is in the interest of all three Baltic States as well as the EU to start building Rail Baltic without delay 20.01.2014

MEP Tunne Kelam urged all three Baltic States to focus on the essential – the actual construction of Rail Baltic.

„It is apparent that some national differences do exist and that occasionally outside forces may amplify these. This is part of national sovereignty and a reality that must be considered,“ stated Kelam.  It is important to base mutual relations on respect and equality. At present, however, most important is that an occasional misspoken communication should not overshadow the essential common interest of all – the creation of a modern highspeed rail connection from the Baltics to the heart of Europe, to Berlin and Brussels.  Rail Baltic is a unique opportunity for all parties to eliminate the artificial isolation of the Baltic States created by the Soviet Union. This is a matter of the strategic security interests of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, not merely a question of transportation connections, believes Kelam.

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“A creative minority of practising Christians, Schuman, Adenauer and De Gasperi, helped Europe out of its post-war crisis by proposing a way forward based on biblical principles. They believed that democracy was either Christian, or it would become non-existent.”


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MEP Tunne Kelam statement on EU cybersecurity strategy 07.02.2013

Today the European Commission revealed the long-awaited EU cyber security strategy, which initially had to be launched already last September. Despite the delay, I welcome the adoption of the strategy by the EC as I see it as a step closer to bringing Europe up to date with the latest advancements in the field of cyber defence. However, there are still some parts missing from this strategy. This strategy report provides, for example, no common definition of cyber crime. In addition, the strategy does not call on all Member States to develop and adopt their national cyber security strategies without delay, even though more than half of the Member States still lack state level cyber security strategies. The foreseen obligatory NIS strategies will cover a big part, but not all that there is in cyber space. In addition, the application of the cyber security will prove very difficult, as currently EU has allocated no additional means to actually implement this strategy.

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Enough cyber talk - we need to act! Mainstreaming cyber issues in EU policy 28.01.2013

By Tunne Kelam MEP, Rapporteur

Europe has been operating online for more than a decade - some countries much longer than that and on a wider scale. Many European infrastructures operate in the cyber sphere: most European citizens do their banking online, submit tax returns online, purchase goods over the internet and benefit from numerous digital services such as e-government, e-health, e-school etc. E-commerce is expected to become the measure for making Europe more competitive in the global arena, with the digital single market having the potential to upgrade the European single market as a whole. 
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30 years from the European Parliament’s First Resolution on the Baltic Nations 23.01.2013

On January 13th, 1983, the European Parliament adopted its first resolution in  support of the Soviet-occupied Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians.

The historic stand of the European Parliament was a reaction to the “Baltic Appeal,” the courageous public initiative by 45 Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians of August 23, 1979 (supported by several Russian dissidents), which urged the United Nations and democratic governments of the West to support the aspirations of the Baltic nations to restore their independence. 

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 14.12.2012

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Latvian PM Valdis Dombrovskis: ‘Fiscal adjustment and structural reforms, key to regaining financial stability’ 07.12.2012

The Centre for European Studies (CES) organised on the 6th of December in Brussels a conference on Latvia’s economic recovery towards stability and competitiveness. The event, titled ‘From Tough Reforms to Eurozone Membership: Latvia’s Road to Growth’, brought together over 150 participants and featured Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, as well as key members of the European Parliament such as Corien Wortmann-Kool and Tunne Kelam, who stressed the crucial role the government has played in leading the country out of the crisis and in turning these achievements into one of the most remarkable European success stories of the last two decades.
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Next week in Strasbourg: Tunne Kelam MEP's report on the development of a comprehensive cyber security and defence strategy. 21.11.2012

On Wednesday 21 November MEPS will call for the EU's own strong and effective security and defence policy in a joint debate.  Loe lisaks

CONSERVATIVE FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY - conference and book launch on Friday 23 November 2012 14.11.2012

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Full programme of the event can be found here >  
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Estonia: 40 years since the historic memorandum by the Estonian resistance to the UN General Assembly. Joseph Daul MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group 24.10.2012

"40 years ago the Estonian people made history by having the courage to peacefully fight for the independence of their country. On 24 October 1972 a Memorandum was sent from Soviet occupied Estonia to the United Nations calling for the independence of the Republic of Estonia, which had been illegally occupied and annexed to the Soviet Union as a result of the 1939 Hitler-Stalin Pact", said Joseph Daul MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group, the largest political group in the European Parliament. 
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Iranian Opposition Is Finally Free to Act 02.10.2012

Statement by Tunne Kelam, Member of the European Parliament (Estonia)

On September 28, 2012, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the official US Government decision to remove the Peoples’ Mujahhedins of Iran (PMOI) from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.  As the best organized Iranian opposition movement, the PMOI, unjustly and to the great satisfaction of the Iranian mullahs, has been on this black list for 15 years.

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Black Ribbon Day 23.08.2012

August 23, 2012
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today to mark Black Ribbon Day, the national day of remembrance for the victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe:
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Crimes of Communism against humanity: Europe needs to do more 05.06.2012

Jerzy Buzek MEP, Sandra Kalniete MEP, György Schöpflin MEP and Tunne Kelam MEP

In order to seek a new model of international justice which could finally settle the ethical, moral and legal debt which the European Union has towards its citizens who suffered severe violations of human rights under totalitarian Communist rule, and towards the perpetrators, an international conference entitled 'Legal Settlement of Communist Crimes' was organised today in the European Parliament.

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EU-Russia Summit: deficiencies in the rule of law in Russia cannot be swept under the carpet. 01.06.2012

"Concerns about deficiencies in the rule of law and the abuse of human rights in Russia cannot be swept under the carpet by EU leaders attending this weekend's EU-Russia Summit", said Members of the EPP Group Tunne Kelam, Laima Andrikiene and Bernd Posselt. "In particular, the cases of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Sergei Magnitsky should be raised. These summits are an opportunity for frank discussion and the EU should not lose this opportunity."

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Foreign policy magazine "Maailma Vaade" now in English 06.04.2012

With the support of the Centre for European Studies (CES), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the Pro Patria Institute, the latest edition of the foreign policy magazine "Maailma Vaade" is published also in English. 

"Maailma Vaade" (World View) offers opinions, overviews and analysis on different aspects of the international life and politics, and is published three times a year.

Read the latest edition (nr 16) here
and edition nr 15 (with English excerpts) here

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Tunne Kelam - Iranian New Year Celebration - European Parliament 28.03.2012

Estonian MEP Tunne Kelam, addressing the Iranian New Year's Celebration organised by the "Friends of a Free Iran" intergroup in the European Parliament. He expresses his support for the Iranian opposition and their quest for freedom and democracy.
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2011 / 2012 21.12.2011

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On the massacre of Copts in Egypt 13.10.2011

Christian Copts were routinely discriminated already under the Mubarak regime, with their churches and homes attacked and burnt by Muslim extremists.  Last Sunday, October 9, dozens of Copts were killed as more than 100,000 of them, supported by groups of Moslem co-citizens, marched peacefully through the streets of Cairo, protesting against new attacks which targeted their churches.

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Commemorating 70 years from the first mass deportations from the Baltic States: "Your past is our past". Tunne Kelam MEP 06.06.2011

At the opening of the plenary session, the Members of the European Parliament commemorated 70 years from the first mass deportations from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, conducted by the Soviet Union.

In his statement, the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek stressed that we need to remember many thousands of victims in the Baltic States which had been occupied since 1940 by the Soviet Union. 

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Moment of Decision for the European Union’s Foreign Policy 16.03.2011

Tunne Kelam, Member of the European Parliament’s Foreign  Affairs Committee

By the 15th of March five days had passed from the adoption of the European Parliament’s resolution on Libya, four days from the extraordinary European Council,  and three days from the meeting of the Arabian states.  All three proclaimed an end to the rule of Libyan dictator Gaddafi, supported the people who are trying to get free from his rule and all three insisted on stopping the bloodshed. But the bloodshed continues even now as Gaddafi’s mercenaries are using modern military equipment, especially airplanes and tanks in their advance against the opposition.

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Iran: confidence-building with Tehran's regime is no longer a realistic option. Tunne Kelam MEP 10.03.2011

"Now that the EU is calling for an immediate end to the brutal Gaddafi dictatorship and insists on completely isolating him, the same should apply to the brutal and bloody Iranian regime", stated Tunne Kelam MEP after the debate on Iran in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

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Russia's continued disregard of human rights and Rule of Law is bound to have a negative impact on relations with the EU. Tunne Kelam MEP 21.02.2011

"A crucial indicator of the situation of the Rule of Law in Russia is the fact that tens of independent journalists and civil activists have been murdered - to name just a few Anna Politkovskaya, Natalya Estemirova, Sergei Magnitsky - and yet not one crime has been solved and not one murderer has been brought to justice", said Tunne Kelam MEP.

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Kremlin can be seen as complicit in crimes against human rights activists. 21.02.2011

Russia is a unique country where the security services of the Soviet empire have themselves become the Government. Soviet communist dictatorship has officially disintegrated but the essence of that dictatorship, the notorious KGB, has taken power in new Russia , with disastrous results for the rule of law and civil liberties, freedom of press and transparency.  

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The outcome of the Khodorkovsky and Magnitski cases will be seen as crucial for Russia's credibility as a NATO partner. 16.12.2010

NATO  Summit debate with EU High Representative Catherin Ashton.

Speech by MEP Tunne Kelam, 15.12.2010

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The Cuban injustice - statement by 'Friends of Free Cuba'. Sakharov Prize 2010 15.12.2010

The Cuban Government has refused Sakharov Prize winners the right to travel and to collect the Award. By doing so the Castro regime continues to demonstrate a blatant disregard for human rights. We, Members of the ´Friends of Free Cuba´ group in the European Parliament, find it apparent that although the new leader of Cuba has made changes within his government, he continues to fall short of moving toward Democratization.
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Estonian MEP warns that Russia's clout is increasing 28.10.2010

European People's Party faction representative Tunne Kelam has gone on record as saying that Russia's power to sow and exploit divisions between EU states and in transatlantic relations has never been greater.
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Circassians standing up for their rights and cultural identity deserve EU support 06.10.2010

Tunne Kelam, Member of the European Parliament
The appeal by the leaders of the Circassian Diaspora to the European Parliament deserves attention and support.
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Baltic MEPs Address Marine Eco-Crisis 15.09.2010

MEPs pledged to bring up Baltic Sea environmental issues at the plenary of the European Parliament. Topics included pollution, as well as the possible impact of submerged chemical weapons, the Nord Stream pipeline and the Kaliningrad oil rig.
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Arms Exports: after Lisbon, EU needs better coordination of its arms exports. 08.09.2010

Tunne Kelam MEP and Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš MEP

Today's European Parliament debate on arms exports, initiated by EPP Group Members, was based on solid concerns of several Member States who have been seriously worried about the imminent exports of modern military technology from some Member States to third countries.

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70 years from the occupation of the Baltic states 14.06.2010

Seventy years ago, in June 1940, three European states on the eastern coast of the Baltic sea, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, were invaded by the Red Army and  illegally annexed to the Soviet Union.  This was the direct result of the August, 23, 1939 pact between two dictators – Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler – who had agreed divide the eastern part of Europe between themselves.  Nazi Germany gave the Soviet Union free hands to establish its domination over Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, as well as parts of Poland and  Romania. 

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World War II: Apologies for past crimes have to precede future victory parades. Tunne Kelam MEP 06.05.2010

On May 9, 2010, the Kremlin leaders will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Red Army's victory over Nazi Germany and leaders from all over Europe have been invited to Moscow.  "This is probably not the best venue or style to mark the end of World War II.  Moscow celebrations generate mixed feelings among many, particularly the nations of Central and Eastern Europe, "declares EPP Group MEP Tunne Kelam.


Five years ago, on May 11, 2005, the European Parliament reacted to a similar Kremlin-sponsored celebration by initiating a resolution on the consequences of WW II.  The parliament concluded that "for some nations, the end of World War II meant renewed tyranny inflicted by the Stalinist Soviet Union.” 

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Wishing you a peaceful Christmas with much joy and success in the New Year! 21.12.2009

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Tunne Kelam: Selling Mistral-type helicopter carriers to Russia equals rewarding Kremlin for its invasion of Georgia 23.11.2009

Statement at opening session of European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg:

The European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is the only international mission monitoring the implementation of the August 12 and September 8, 2008 agreements between Russia and Georgia.   
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Tunne Kelam: New member states should have a representative in the new EU "troika" 11.11.2009

In the debate on the results of the recent European Council, the EPP representative Tunne Kelam from Estonia made three observations: Loe lisaks

Tunne Kelam: There is a third party in Russian-Georgian conflict 22.10.2009

Speaking on October 22th at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg where parliamentarians assessed the international commission's report on the 2008 Russian-Georgian conflict, the European Peoples Party member Tunne Kelam said that the conflict has a third party, too. This is the international community, including the European Union.
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Baltic Sea Strategy: A success story of the original Lisbon Strategy? 16.09.2009

Speaking today in plenary on the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea region, the EPP Spokesman on the topic, Tunne Kelam MEP, congratulated the Swedish Presidency on its leadership in starting to implement the Baltic Sea Strategy.
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Baltic States commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Baltic Way 21.08.2009

Tunne Kelam (EE), Sandra Kalniete (LV), Vytautas Landsbergis (LT)

On 23 August Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Baltic Way. On that day in 1989 the people of the three occupied Baltic States joined hands in an unprecedented action - a 600 km-long human chain from Tallinn through Riga to Vilnius - demanding recognition of secret clauses in the Hitler-Stalin pact of 1939 and the re-establishment of the independence of the Baltic States.
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