Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Archive for November 9th, 2010

In Latvia Medical Treatment ONLY For Latvians Speakers

Posted by Info on 09/11/2010

The parliament of Latvia gathers for a special meeting on November 9, to hold a confidence vote to nation’s Foreign Affairs Minister Valdis Kristovskis less than a week after his appointment.
The scandal started brewing after the publication of Valdis Kristovskis’ correspondence with a well-known nationalist and doctor Aivars Slucis who wrote to Kristovskis a year ago that he would not be able to treat Russian patients the same way as Latvian ones. Kristovskis replied by saying: “I agree with your evaluation and your views.”
Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry is chaired by the person, who admits an opportunity to deny medical aid to people just because of their nationality.

What about the deputies of the Latvian parliament? They do not support the amendments to the law about the rights of patients, which allows doctors to receive complaints in the Russian language. The actions of nationalists in white robes were virtually considered legal, which contradicts to the Hippocratic Oath and the laws of the European Union, not to mention elementary moral norms.

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Per Anger Prize to Elena Urlaeva Uzbekistani Human Rights Defender

Posted by Info on 09/11/2010

The 2010 Per Anger Prize goes to Elena Urlaeva with the following motivation: “In a menacing environment she gave voice to freedom of expression and association in Uzbekistan, unselfishly, by peaceful means and with great personal courage risking her own life and health in the struggle for human rights.”

The Swedish government has commissioned the Living History Forum to award the Per Anger Prize annually to an individual who has, with great courage and initiative and without personal gain, acted to promote democracy and humanity.

We trust that the prize will inspire people to take a stance, dare to speak out and show moral courage, without calculating the personal price they may have to pay. We truly need these role models.

Elena Urlaeva is a member of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan and has been an active critic of the regime in Uzbekistan for many years. She has organized demonstrations and peaceful protests in order to draw attention to suppressed events and support persecuted journalists. On one occasion she defended the rights of people who had lost their homes in connection with a road-building project.
During her indomitable work to defend human rights and openly protest against injustices in Uzbekistan, she has been harassed, maltreated and committed to a psychiatric hospital.

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Moscow Punishes Berlin – New Visa Requirements For German Citizens

Posted by Info on 09/11/2010

Moscow has introduced new visa requirements for German citizens in what smacks of punishment for Berlin’s opposition to eased travel rules between Europe and Russia.

The rules came into force on Nov. 1, coinciding with a visit by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to Moscow. Westerwelle’s delegation was surprised by the new rules, which had not been announced previously. “It came as a bit of a slap in the face,” the source said, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The new regulations stipulate that visa applicants need to provide a guarantee of their willingness to return to their country of origin. (Maybe some Germans would stay in Russia?)Tourists have to produce an income or bank statement, while business travelers need to show documentation about their position, salary and purpose of travel.
The consulate said only that the rules were introduced “because of the principle of reciprocity.”
Germany, which has some of the most stringent visa rules among the 25 Schengen countries, has long required similar scrutiny from Russians, arguing that it is necessary to keep out illegal immigrants.

Moscow has been championing visa-free travel with the European Union since Spain launched an initiative to scrap visas in January. But other EU member states say Russia should not get any favors before visa-free travel has been achieved with other post-Soviet states like Ukraine and Georgia.
“There’s yet a long way to go” for a visa-free regime with Moscow.” said Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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