Werner Schulz: EU-Russia Summit Obstruction of the Civil Society Forum unacceptable

Werner Schulz, first Vice Chairman of the European Parliament delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee responds to the obstruction of the activities of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum during the EU-Russia Summit.
Using dramatic means, Russian authorities have attempted to prevent a planned press conference of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum during the Nizhny Novgorod summit.  Over and over, Europe gets to hear about how important a renewal of society as a whole is for Russia, one in which the civil society plays a major role. Once again, experience has proven the opposite to be true (…)

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Heidi Hautala: EU to demonstrate its support to the Russian civil society

Members of the European Parliament have called for the European Union delegation to support the Russian democratic civil society in the ongoing EU-Russia Summit in Nizhny Novgorod. For the first time, the Russian non-governmental organisations, including a newly established EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, have planned a parallel civil society event. However, the Russian authorities have tried to prevent the NGOs from holding any public actions around the summit (…)

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Human Rights Watch: Activists Targeted on Eve of EU Summit

European Union leaders should address the hostile climate for human rights defenders in Russia during talks at the EU-Russia Summit on June 9 and 10, 2011, in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, Human Rights Watch said today. Specifically, they should raise the harassment and intimidation experienced by a number of civil society activists in the run-up to the summit (…)

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