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Defend Freedom of Assembly in Russia!


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Amnesty International Finnish Section will organise a demonstration in support of the freedom of assembly in Russia. The demonstration will take place on Wednesday 31 March 2010 at 6 pm outside the Russian Embassy in Helsinki (Tehtaankatu 1).

The 31st Article of the Constitution of the Russian Federation guarantees freedom of assembly. There have been several demonstrations in support of the freedom of assembly in Moscow and other cities on the last day of each month with 31 days.

The authorities have under various pretexts consistently banned the demonstrations on Moscow’s Triumphal Square; yet, people have continued to assemble on the square every other month at 6 pm. Demonstrations have taken place in cities throughout Russia.

On 31 December 2009, police arrested 50 activists who demonstrated in support of the freedom of speech and freedom of assembly as guaranteed by the Russian Consitution. Among those arrested was 82-year-old dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who received the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in December 2009.

Besides Helsinki, demonstrations in support of the freedom of assembly in Russia will be held on 31 March 2010 in Berlin, Paris, Prague, Tallinn, Tel-Aviv, Washington, and elsewhere. Please join us in expressing support for basic human rights in Russia!

UPDATE:

Amnesty International expresses condolences for the victims of the bomb attacks in Moscow. Amnesty condemns the attacks against civilians. Those responsible must be brought to justice according to international human rights standards. Read more:

Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 20

Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
European Convention on Human Rights, Article 11

Citizens of the Russian Federation shall have the right to assemble peacefully, without weapons, hold rallies, meetings and demonstrations, marches and pickets.
The Constitution of the Russian Federation, Article 31

UPDATE:

Amnesty International expresses condolences for the victims of the bomb attacks in Moscow. Amnesty condemns the attacks against civilians. Those responsible must be brought to justice according to international human rights standards.

The use of violence prevents peaceful political activities for freedom of speech, democracy and human rights. The circle of violence can only be stopped by respecting HR. Amnesty emphasizes that the Russian authorities must ensure that human rights are respected in responses to bomb attacks.

“Impunity must be stopped and the abuses and human rights violations by security forces and army must be investigated and brought to justice. The murders of Natalia Estemirova, Magomed Yavloyev, Maksharip Aushev, and other human rights defenders must be resolved”, says Heidi Hautala, chairperson of the Finnish-Russian Civic Forum and chairperson of the subcommittee on human rights in the European Parliament.

A live feed from the demonstration will (hopefully) be available at:

http://www.amnesty.fi/mita-sina-voit-tehda/maakoordinaatiot/venaja

More information:

Minna Rajainmäki
Amnesty International Finnish Section
Country Coordinator for Russia
+358 40 576 5151

 


2 Comments

  1. Siobhan Reardon says:

    It is unfortunate that no demonstration has been organized in New York City, which has one of the world’s largest Russian diaspora populations, and which is home to a number of major human rights organizations.

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