Side event focusing on Russia and Belarus on 5 June in Geneva

June 3, 2013

logo FIDH_seulThe FIDH Representative to the UN in Geneva (http://www.fidh.org) invites people to a side event entitled:  RUSSIA & BELARUS:  JOINT OFFENSIVE AGAINST THE HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM, which will be held on 5 June 2013, in room VIII of the Palais des Nations, from 2pm – 4pm.

Participants: 

Mr. Miklos Haraszti, Special Rapporteur on Belarus (TBC)

Olga Abramenko, Director of ADC Memorial (Russia) who was recently charged for publishing a report entitled “Roma, Migrants, Activists: Victims of Police Abuse” and submitting it to the UN Committee Against Torture.

Valentin Stefanovitch, Deputy Head of Human Rights Center VIASNA (Belarus) who will provide context on the Belarusian situation and draw comparisons with the harassment of Russian NGOs.

Dimitry Kolbasin, Head of the Information Department of AGORA (Russia) who will focus on the increasing repression of Russian human rights NGOs.

Valery Sozaev, Advocacy Manager, LGBT Network (Russia) who will specifically tackle issues facing LGBT people

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