Galina Arapova: 'Defending human rights is of paramount importance. [...] Simply put, it’s our life’

posted 28 Sep 2016, 13:39 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Sep 2016, 13:42 ]
‘Recognition in one’s profession means a great deal. Needless to say it carries even more weight when we are dealing with work that is of significant public interest and involves a heightened degree of danger. Defending human rights is exactly such work in many regions of the world, including Russia. But I implore you to keep on doing it. It is of paramount importance - it’s not just years of hard work, it’s both victories and disappointments, threats, solidarity, trust in the values we defend. Simply put, it’s our life.’

- Galina Arapova, senior media lawyer and director of the NGO, Mass Media Defence Centre, Voronezh, on receiving the 2016 International Bar Association human rights award

Source:
'Russian media lawyer Galina Arapova receives IBA Human Rights Award 2016,' International Bar Association, 26 September 2016
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