Anna Rurka: "I call on the Russian authorities to withdraw the charges against Ms Valentina Cherevatenko and not to interfere in the legitimate functioning of Women of the Don Foundation and Women of the Don Union"

posted 11 Jul 2016, 03:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Jul 2016, 03:56 ]
"We cannot allow that member states of the Council of Europe criminalise activists and NGOs who contribute to peace and social development and protect the rights of women, victims of violence. The Russian Federation, as a member state of the Council of Europe, is engaged to 'create an environment conducive to the work of human rights defenders, enabling individuals, groups and associations to freely carry out activities, on a legal basis, consistent with international standards, to promote and strive for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms without any restrictions other than those authorised by the European Convention on Human Rights.' I therefore call on the Russian authorities to withdraw the charges against Ms Valentina Cherevatenko and not to interfere in the legitimate functioning of Women of the Don Foundation and Women of the Don Union. In addition, I call upon the Russian authorities to sign and ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence and to protect all women human rights defenders who work on its implementation."

- Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

Source:
Anna Rurka, 'Protecting Women Is Not a Crime: Statement by the President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe regarding the criminal charges brought against Valentina Cherevatenko, Chair of the Coordination Council of Women of the Don Union, Chair of the Board of the Women of the Don Foundation for Civil Society Development, women rights’ defender in the Russian Federation,' Conference of INGOs, 8 July 2016
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