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Россия: Правозащитники Познакомились С Президентом Германии

Posted by Info on 14/10/2010

Кристиан Вульф в Москве 13 октября: Президент ФРГ Кристиан Вульф встретился с российскими правозащитниками, журналистами и представителями религиозных организаций. Российская сторона осталась довольна беседой, но расстроена организацией встречи.

Познакомиться с новым президентом Германии пришли представители ряда правозащитных, общественных организаций, а также СМИ, в частности председатель Московской Хельсинской группы Людмила Алексеева, председатель правления международного общества “Мемориал” Арсений Рогинский, уполномоченный по правам человека в России Владимир Лукин и главный редактор “Новой газеты” Дмитрий Муратов.

Как отметил Рогинский, деловой завтрак был не только знакомством. По атмосфере, в которой прошла беседа, можно было понять, какую позицию Германия в дальнейшем будет занимать в вопросах, касающихся соблюдения прав и свобод в России. По мнению правозащитника, германским политикам нужно вести себя чуть смелее, “тем более что в России к мнению представителей ФРГ прислушиваются”

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PACE President: So-Called Western Values Not Suitable For Russia ? Why Not ? As Those Are Not Western But Human Values

Posted by Info on 14/10/2010

The PACE President stressed that Russia’s influence in the Council of Europe was substantial .“The decision of Russia to join the Council of Europe 14 years ago was, and still is, a clear choice to share our common values. The rule of law, democracy and human rights are the values I believe to be the umbrella for our partnership and the co-ordinating part of our roadmap. I know however that there are voices in your country claiming that these values are so-called Western values, not suitable for Russia because they might destabilise your society. Let me tell you, there is no such thing as ‘Western values’: there are only universal human values.

“The challenges confronting our societies in today’s fast-developing and interdependent world – such as terrorism, trafficking in human beings, organised crime and corruption, poverty, social exclusion and lack of prospects – can only be dealt with if we reinforce our commitment to these universal values. With that, we can build a stronger civil society that will grow yet stronger with free media, free and fair elections, an open debate and intercultural and inter-religious dialogue,”

“ I am convinced that, if we work together as partners WITH MUTUAL RESPECT AND WITHOUT DOUBLE STANDARDS, progress can be achieved even on these difficult issues. ”

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Khodorkovsky, Lebedev’s Guilt On New Charges Proved – Prosecutor As It’s His Role

Posted by Info on 14/10/2010

The prosecution said today it had proven without doubt the guilt of former Yukos oil major CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev on new charges of stealing 350 million tons of oil.

Khodorkovsky and Lebedev are serving eight-year sentences for fraud and tax evasion. In May they were accused of stealing $9.6 billion from the $15.8 billion profit generated by Yukos between 1999 and 2003, as well as 350 million tons of oil.

Once Russia’s richest man, Khodorkovsky claims the charges against him are politically motivated. The trial will continue at the Khamovniki district court in Moscow.

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Austria Urged To Protect Turkmenistani Activist In Exile

Posted by Info on 14/10/2010

Farid Tukhbatullin, director of the NGO Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR), is said to be the target of a plot against his life by agents of the Ministry of National Security (MNS) of Turkmenistan.

According to a credible account from a trusted source who has requested anonymity, officials at the Ministry discussed “get[ting] rid of [Farid Tukhbatullin] quietly,” in a way that is hard to trace, “something like an accident or something that [could] cause heart failure.”

The Austrian authorities should take these threats against Farid Tukhbatullin very seriously and take all appropriate measures to ensure his safety,” said John Dalhuisen, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Programme.

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Kyrgyzstan: Attacks During Trials Undermine Justice

Posted by Info on 14/10/2010

A series of attacks against people associated with the defense in trials related to the June violence in southern Kyrgyzstan are depriving the accused of their right to a fair trial and undermining justice for victims.

Aggrieved relatives of victims have threatened and attacked defendants and their relatives, lawyers, journalists, independent trial monitors, and even judges before, during, and after court sessions.

In the latest incident, on October 13, 2010, an angry crowd attacked a defendant and three relatives of another defendant, all ethnic Uzbeks, in Osh just before the trial was supposed to start. All four had to seek medical treatment. ( photo)

For four days in June, massive inter-ethnic violence engulfed several cities in southern Kyrgyzstan, resulting in the death of at least 400 people, ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks alike, and the destruction of more than 2,000 houses, most of them owned by ethnic Uzbeks. The Kyrgyz authorities have opened more than 4,000 criminal investigations into the violence, and trials against alleged perpetrators were under way by August.

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