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Amnesty protests against Medvedev. Protesters gather outside President’s window. Dimitry Medvedev’s current two-day state visit to Norway got off to a contentious start today. Approximately 40 demonstrators from Amnesty International gathered underneath the Russian President’s Grand Hotel balcony near Parliament to protest about the country’s human rights abuse.Weak Protesters arrived with pictures of dead human rights campaigners and holding banners with “No Security without Human Rights” written on them.

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Amnesty protests against Medvedev

Published on Tuesday, 27th April, 2010 at 10:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th April 2010 at 10:28.

Protesters gather outside President’s window.

Dimitry Medvedev
Dimitry Medvedev
Photo: www.kremlin.ru/Wikimedia Commons


Dimitry Medvedev’s current two-day state visit to Norway got off to a contentious start today. Approximately 40 demonstrators from Amnesty International gathered underneath the Russian President’s Grand Hotel balcony near Parliament to protest about the country’s human rights abuse.

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Protesters arrived with pictures of dead human rights campaigners and holding banners with “No Security without Human Rights” written on them.

“It’s important we stand here. We must use the opportunity to point out the major human rights issues our neighbouring country is struggling with, amongst other things, silencing freedom of speech, torture, and extrajudicial executions,” Ingvild Gjone Lyberg, Amnesty’s press officer tells NRK.

The organisation also criticises what they claim to the Norwegian government’s weakness about lodging protests.

“We have bad experiences with the Norwegian authorities regarding Russia. They’re much louder and more explicit when it comes to other countries,” says Amnesty’s head of communications, Ina Tin.

She goes on to say she believes good neighbouring relations between the two countries depend upon clear criticism.

“We get continuous reports that human rights campaigners and other activists are threatened by the Russian authorities. It’s led to a weaker civil society,” John Peder Egenæs, the organisation’s secretary-general, alleges in a press release.

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Jonas Gahr Støre, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, doesn’t agree. He says the issue will be taken up as a natural part of today’s meeting between Medvedev and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

“We do say there is reason for concern about how Russia’s free civil society can function, for example. There’s reason to be concerned when journalists could face being killed, and there’s reason for concern about human rights activists being denied entry into Russia.”

Former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov, says he has no expectations about the meeting, especially in the light of the EU's and America's refusals to pressure Russia.

And the Chechen lawyer and activist who works for the human rights organisation Memorial, Lidija Jusupova, feels Norway is acting unworthily.

“They could have used the opportunity to exert even more pressure if they’d wanted to. Business interests and political talks are in focus now, not human rights,” she tells Nettavisen.



Published on Tuesday, 27th April, 2010 at 10:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th April 2010 at 10:28.

This post has the following tags: dimitry, medvedev, amnesty, international, lidija, jusupova, jonas, gahr, stoere, norway, russia.





  
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