EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

35th Anniversary of Moscow Helsinki Group

Posted by Info on 13/05/2011

The Helsinki Final Act, signed by presidents and prime ministers from 35 countries on 1 August 1975, was seen as a major step in reducing Cold War tensions and led to the formation of a permanent forum for dialogue on security – the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, now the OSCE.

The Moscow Helsinki Group, the oldest human rights organization working in the Russian Federation, was established on 12 May 1976 by a small circle of human rights activists upon the initiative of Professor Yury Orlov, who was also the Group’s first Chairperson. Its goal was to monitor, promote and facilitate the implementation by the Soviet Union of the human rights commitments under the 1975 Helsinki Final Act. The Group stopped its activities in 1982 and restarted them in 1989. Since 1996, the Moscow Helsinki Group is chaired by Lyudmila Alexeyeva, one of the Group’s founding members.

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