Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Kremlin Human Rights Advisor Quits Amidst Retrograde Rights Climate

Posted by Info on 31/07/2010

Ella Pamfilova, chairman of Russia’s presidential council on human rights resigned Friday in a move widely seen as a protest against the deteriorating rights situation in Russia.

Pamfilova, who chaired President Dmitry Medvedev’s council on human rights, oversaw the development of civil society, resigned amidst heavy fire from the Nashi nationalist youth group, as well as strong disagreement with Medvedev’s human rights policies.

The day before Pamfilova’s resignation, Medvedev signed legislation to strengthen the FSB, the KGB’s secret-service successor – a move Pamfilova’s council deemed the “rebirth of the unlawful and worst practices of a totalitarian state, with the goal of seeding fear and mistrust in the people.”

Pamfilova, it seems, saw no way to continue working for the Kremlin, which lends its full moral support to the Nashi youth group.
“As chairman of the council, unfortunately I do not know what to do about this, apart from speak out and say that this is an outrage. If these cynical guys who don’t care about anything, allow themselves anything, persecute people, because they know that adult men in high positions protect them, then that is terrible for the country.”

Human rights groups have expressed their deep regret at Pamfilova’s departure.

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