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16 September 2010 Silence in Russia

As Marina Zlotnikova a coordinator of human rights movement ANTIMENT in Russia said, Russian President banned the rally for freedom of speech in Russia, which should take place on Vasilievsky descent near Red Square in Moscow. She was informed about it by the commandant of the Kremlin in ordering tone.
Important, that according Article 8 of Russian Law about assembly only Russian President has right to permit rally near Red Square and Kremlin.
As Marina Zlotnikova told our correspondent, one day before she and one of the activist was pressured and got some threats of their life and health by intelligent services.
In particular, Dmitry Ryabikov from Voskresensk (city 50-miles from Moscow) said, that he was pressured by 2 representatives of Russian intelligent services, as he said, two people are 35-40 years old detained him in the street and explained him, that gathering people to participate in rally on Vasilievsky descent is illegal and they said, he may be shooted and drowned in Moscow-river.
Other activists – Alexey Zelenov, Ludmila Gayduk - from village Rechnik (suburb of Moscow) several days before also were suffered the pressure: their cars were set fire by unknown people during the night.
As Marina Zlotnikova said, the commandant of the Kremlin did not suggest any other alternative places for the rally.
Marina Zlotnikova consider, that the ban of the rally is the proof that the Russian Government is initiator of censorship and Russia goes back to totalitarianism in a worst form when everyone is under total control and under pressure.

04 AUGUST 2010 The raid on the Free Gaza Flotilla on 31 May 2010 Opinion on international law by Prof. em. Dr. Norman Paech

Opinion on international law
by
Prof. em. Dr. Norman Paech
University of Hamburg
I. The facts
The raid by the Israeli army on the Free Gaza Flotilla in the early morning of 31 May
2010 aroused worldwide indignation. In the raid, nine passengers on the Mavi Marmara,
sailing under the Turkish flag, died, and at least forty-five were injured, some of them seriously. While a considerable body of opinion sees this as a serious breach of international law, and even speaks of war crimes, the Israeli army regards itself as fully justified, and following an internal review has admitted only that there were some slips in the planning and execution of the seizure of the ships1.

03 JULY 2010 The Chapel Instead of The Item Tolls

on the photo: the worship cross at Matveevka, Domodedovo city, Russia

on the photo: the worship cross

 

As the residents of village Matveevka which is located on the 52nd kilometer of highway M4 "Don" have told the press-service of Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights that the place where the construction of item tolls and increase of vehicular traffic to the place of Olympic Games 2014 year was planned, the worship cross has appeared today.
Earlier, the owners of the plots and houses in Matveevka announced plans to build a chapel on the place of planning of the construction of the  item tolls on  the 52nd km of highway M4 "DON", and  the residents of Matveevka  erected the cross  at the Olympic lane  on 3 July 2010.
As the residents said, they would begin to build the chapel as soon as possible and also they were planning to open the account for donations for the construction of the chapel.
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20 June 2010 World Refugee Day

20 June 2010 is a World Refugee Day: Association of Russian Lawyer s for Human Rights is announcing “The Week of refugees’ rights in Russia” in frame work an international network of UNITED. Any refugee may get a free legal consultation of refugees’ rights by the following hotlines in Moscow:  + 7 495 968 30 44 or + 7 495 923 34 98 since 20 to 25 June 2010.
Recall that Russia faced a large number of refugees after the Soviet Union collapse. Unfortunately, the majority of refugees are still forced to wander in Russia, not having permanent homes. Many Russian-speaking refugees have problems of obtaining Russian citizenship.
However, there is another side of the problem of refugee rights are political exiles, people who are victims of political persecution.
According to European statistical agency, the majority of applicators for asylum in European Union countries are Russian citizens in 2009.
Note: World Refugee Day was proclaimed by the General Assembly on December 4, 2000.
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09 June 2010 The official statement about the intervention of Russian intelligent services in civil activity

After participation of Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights at a press conference of international civil movement "ANTIMENT in Kiev 26 May 2010, where Evgeny Arkhipov a chairman of the Association announced the most corrupt positions of Russian law enforcement bodies and intelligent services the Association was faced with a regular lock of the hotlines +7 495 968 30 44 and +7 495 923 34 98: Since 27 May 2010 phones have not being receiving any calls , also the members of the Association were informed about the lock by the citizens who dialed additional phone numbers of the Association.
Receiving of calls was stopped 27 May 2010 despite the fact that one of the most popular Ukrainian Newspaper "Evening News" published several times in electronic and print versions the hot lines provided by the Association for Movement ANTIMENT. Moreover, the phones were mentioned in the Russian media, such as the Russian News Services (RSN) , www.kasparov.ru , www.corrupcia.net etc. but since 27 May 2010 have not been received. In addition, 8 June 2010 an activist of the Association during the conversation with technical specialist of services company "BeeLine "was informed that the number + 7 495 968-30-44 had some obstacles to receive a signal, but the operator could not explain the reasons of it.

31 May 2010 Protest against Israeli military attack on Gaza aid flotilla

European Lawyers demand legal and political consequences
The European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH) denounces in the strongest terms the military attack by Israeli military forces on the Gaza aid flotilla in international waters, and the killing of at least 16 peaceful demonstrators. See BBC World News “Deaths as Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship” at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/10195838.stm.

Instead of acknowledging its responsibility for the crimes committed during the military attack on Gaza one and a half year ago – which have been documented in the UN “Goldstone Report” – and stopping its unlawful siege of Gaza, Israel is adding new crimes to its long record of unlawful actions.

The Gaza aid flotilla, originally comprising 8 ships carrying thousands of tons of construction materials, medical equipment and other aid, intended to sail to Gaza in order to deliver its humanitarian aid, and in order to break symbolically the unlawful blockade of Israel imposed on Gaza. Among the estimated 700 peace activists on board  were the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland, an elderly Holocaust survivor, and European legislators. One participant was Professor Norman Paech (German MP for the Left Party up to 2009), who is also a member of the German lawyers association VDJ, a member association of ELDH.

ELDH demands that the United Nations and the European Union take all necessary political and legal steps to demonstrate to Israel that they are not prepared to accept such humanitarian atrocities and violations of international law.

In particular EDL demands

15 JANUARY 2010 OLYMPIC BLOCKADE

13 January 2010 Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights supported the initiative of residents of village Matveevka, Domodedovo city.
Remind, the initiative group of the residents sent address to the President of International Olympic Committee Mr Jacques Rogge in connection with the facts of massive violation of their human rights and freedoms during the preparation for Olympic Games in Sochi 2014.
13 January 2010 the press-service of Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights prepared newsletter and distributed via email for Russian and foreign mass-media and human rights organizations by request of the initiative group of village Matveevka.
Also Association press service got the information that a lot of many foreign mass-media and human rights activists had not received complain for Mr Jacques Rogge: e-mails returned marked errors or allegedly removed without reading.
Associations press-service found that messages were not received German defenders, the British lawyer's community, MEPs, and this fact was confirmed by the recipients themselves.
In addition, some Russian journalists faced with the pressure in connection with publication of the articles about the complain of initiative group of residents of village Matveevka
Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights considers the electronic blockade as an attempt to prevent the dissemination of the information about initiative of Russian citizens to move Olympic Games of 2014 outside of Russia, also this fact can be considered as an attempt to stop to bring documents to the International Criminal Court and the police in Switzerland.

13 JANUARY 2010 OPEN CLAIM FOR SUPPORT RESIDENTS OF MATVEEVKA

President of International Olympic Committee
Mr. Jacques Rogge

Dear Mr. Rogge,

Association of Russian Lawyers for Human rights expresses its concern in connection with flagrant violations of human rights and freedoms of residents of village Matveevka of Domodedovo city of Moscow Region in Russia during the preparation for Olympic Games in Sochi  2014.
We inform you, 04 September 2009 without any warnings and any agreements with residents of Matveeka, Municipality of Domodedovo city and Moscow regional authorities, Russian Government through its constructing companies began its own works of expansion of the high-speed highway M4 "DON" on 52nd kilometer to establish the Item tools at this site of the highway. The highway was planned to expand from two lanes to eleven at the expense of the plots which are privet property of the residents of Matveevka.
The builders had destroyed a single environmental boarder between the highway and the village, then the workers tried to demolish the private homes with the people inside.
Matveevka residents whose lives and property were in danger took to the streets.
In response to residents the builders referred to the decision of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about need to expand the highway M4 "DON" on the 52nd kilometer in connection with planning increase of vehicular traffic to the place of Olympic Games 2014 year.
We note that all the houses and the plots are private property of the citizens. The real estates according to the legislation registration as a private property of the citizens at federal, regional, and municipal bodies.

13 January 2010 MATVEEVKA RESIDENTS REQUIRE TO MOVE WINTER OLIMPIC GAMES IN SOCHI 2014 OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA

the photo of the vehicles headed to the homes and tried to begin to destroy it

The Residents of Matveevka village of Domodedovo city appealed  President International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge to move Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 outside of Russia.
Action Group of  Matveevka residents believes that Russian authorities continue to violate human rights and freedoms of peaceful assembly and  protest that  reflected in the bill of the Russian Government  about aggravated punishment for blocking the highway up to two years imprisonment.
The Residents of Matveevka village  warned Jacques Rogge that He being informed about crimes committed by Russian authorities in the name of  Olympic Games the residents  have the  rights to appeal Swiss Federal Police and the International Criminal Court against authorities of  IOC too  in the event of continuing of violation their rights and freedoms .
Also, Action Group of  Matveevka residents invited Mr Rogge to visit  personally Matveevka village for  listening the victims, their families, meeting with the residents of the village seeing  the damages caused during the preparing for Olympic Games in Sochi of 2014.

Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights addressed President International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge with its own appeal for supporting rights and freedoms of residents of Matveevka.

12 JANUARY 2010 Kurdish Human Rights Project

KHRP Issues Joint Statement Concerning the Arrest of Mr Muharrem Erbey, Vice President of the Human Rights Association of Turkey (ЭHD)

KHRP together with the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, and The Law Society of England and Wales have issued the following co-signed statement expressing grave concern over the arrest and detention of Mr Muharrem Erbey, Vice President of the Human Rights Association of Turkey (IHD), and President of the IHD’s office in Diyarbakir. The statement is as follows:

In the very early hours of the morning on Christmas Eve 2009, lawyer Mr. Muharrem Erbey – Vice President of the Human Rights Association of Turkey ( Эnsan Haklarэ Derneрi or ЭHD) and President of the ЭHD’s branch office in Diyarbakэr, was detained by Anti-Terror Units of the Diyarbakэr Security Directorate as part of an operation launched simultaneously in 11 provinces of Turkey, in which more than 80 people were detained. The stated reason for Mr. Erbey’s detention was his alleged membership of the Kurdish Communities Union (Koma Ciwaken Kurdistan or KCK), which is said to be a branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). He was subsequently arrested the following day and is currently being held in Diyarbakэr D-Type prison awaiting trial.

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