9 Dec 2006

Greens demonstrate against Putin tommorrow

GREEN MEP CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA AT EMBASSY DEMO

The death of Alexander Litvinenko and Anna Politovskaya has left many
fearing that human rights violations in Russia have reached a crisis point.

On Human Rights Day this Sunday (10th December 2006) Green Euro MP, Jean
Lambert, will call for a common strategy across the EU to protect Human
Rights in Russia when she joins the London branch of the Green’s series
of protests outside Russian Embassies across Europe.

Jean, who has been awarded for her work on justice and human rights,
today said that, along with the European Green Party, the protest would
be making a number of demands from the Russian Government.

Jean commented; “Human rights violations by the Government, justice
system, police and military in Russia are of grave concern. Europe’s
Greens find this intolerable and on Sunday we will demand that the
President and the Government of the Russian Federation change their
approach.

“We demand the investigations of human rights violations committed by
state organs and punish the perpetrators; clarify politically motivated
assignations; guarantee freedom of the media and the freedom to hold
public assemblies and make it possible for organisations of civil
society to do their work – even if they are critical towards government.
That is democracy.”

The demonstration, taking place outside the Russian Embassy in London
between 11am and 12 noon, will run simultaneously with other
demonstrations in Brussels, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, Dublin,
Ljubljana, Kiev, Luxemburg and Chisinau.

ENDS

For more information please contact:
Media Officer
tel: 020 7407 6280
email: media@jeanlambertmep.org.uk
www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk

Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and
Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European
Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected
in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK
Green representatives in the European Parliament.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hope Greens will also be demonstrating for human rights and democracy in Cuba - Putin is a regular democrat compared to Castro. Or does a bit of eco-agriculure and a good health service make it OK to lock up your political opponents?