Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

8th December 2006

 

GREEN MEP CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF RUSSIA'S HUMAN RIGHTS 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:
Morwenna Holland, Media Officer
tel: 020 7407 6280 or 07813149812
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.