Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Today a friend sent me this message:

Welcome to the EU-campaign pages of Amnesty International in Finland. During the six months that Finland is holding the EU-presidency AI Finland with help from all other Amnesty sections works in different ways to influence the Finnish government to make sure that the EU proactively does things to defend human rights worldwide. Amnesty demands not only words, but also deeds from the EU.

At the moment our main public campaign on the web is about getting the EU to demand changes for the better in Russia’s human rights record.

Amnesty International has serious concerns regarding a number of human rights problems in Russia. Here is a brief list of some of the issues, which we are closely following:
  • Arbitrary detention, ”disappearances” and torture continue in Chechnya and neighbouring areas
  • Violence against women in the family is a widespread problem in Russia.
  • Last year at least 28 people were murdered because of their race in Russia.
  • The new NGO law, which came into force in April this year, poses a number of problems for both local, foreign and international organizations operating in Russia.

Read more here...

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