Lev Shlosberg: 'Defence of human rights has become the main function of civil society in Russia today'

posted 4 Jun 2018, 12:24 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Jun 2018, 12:28 ]
"The most serious weapon against the inhumanity of the authorities is human solidarity with those that the authorities threaten. Defence of human rights has become the main function of civil society in Russia today. In the twentieth century, it was the human rights movement that produced the most powerful politicians, those who went on to establish democratic reforms in their countries. Their work was based on human rights values and principles. And that’s why democratic reforms were lasting and successful in those countries. Human rights work is the best school for democratic politics. So, citizens, don’t give up, don’t remain silent, don’t be afraid, always defend people when you hear about lawlessness and injustice. 
By defending one man, we save ourselves, and the whole country, from the pitch darkness of inhumanity. Not only today, but tomorrow as well."

- Lev Shlosberg, human rights defender and civil society activist; member of the Pskov Regional Legislative Assembly, journalist, recipient of the Moscow Helsinki Group human rights award 


See: 'Lev Shlosberg: When the authorities are in retreat [Ekho Moskvy: 19 May 2018];' source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original source: Ekho Moskvy]
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