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“I do not have the moral right to be afraid”


The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM) promotes cooperation between the peoples of Finland and Russia by supporting civic initiatives for democracy, human rights, and free speech.

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On 6 May 2011, Mary Robinson, president of the Mary Robinson Foundation, presented the annual Front Line Award to the Joint Mobile Group of the Russian Federation for their outstanding work investigating torture and disappearances in Chechnya despite the serious risks. The Award was presented to Igor Kalyapin, founder and President of the Joint Mobile Group, at the Award ceremony in Dublin's City Hall.

Presenting the Award, Mrs Robinson said: "The work of the Joint Mobile Group is an inspirational example of how committed individuals, despite all the pressures that are brought to bear on them, can hold the line in defence of justice, truth and the rule of law. It is the denial of access to justice that enables tyrants to prevail. This is why the work of human rights defenders like the Joint Mobile Group is so important."

http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/15048


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