First test for Nobel Peace Prize recipient
On 21 December 2012, Brussels is hosting a EU-Russia summit. After receiving the Nobel Peace Prize last week, the European Union has a special responsibility for focusing on human rights in its talks with Russia.
Civil Rights Defenders, along with a number of leading human rights defenders, have addressed the summit with a set of recommendations aimed at improving the human rights situation in the North Caucasus.
– We are calling upon the EU, in its role as a promoter of peace, democracy and human rights in Europe, to raise the issue of the North Caucasus. This is without comparison the region in Europe with the worst human rights abuses, with nearly total impunity, and where the situation for human rights defenders is exceptionally dangerous, says Joanna Kurosz, Programme Director at Civil Rights Defenders.
The recommendations are the output of the North Caucasus conference, hosted in Stockholm every autumn since 2009. They were delivered to the EU jointly with the policy papers of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, prepared at the Forum’s assembly in October in St.Petersburg. The North Caucasus conference is part of the so-called Stockholm Process, a long-term initiative by Civil Rights Defenders to raise awareness about human rights abuses in the North Caucasus and to empower the region’s human rights defenders. The signatories are leading human rights defenders working with North Caucasus, in the region and from other parts of the world.News.
Tags: Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Defenders, Impunity, Memorial, Stockholm process, Violence against human rights defenders, and Vladimir Putin.
Regions: The North Caucasus.