6 March 2022
Members of the Commission on Political Rights of the Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civil Society [Human Rights Council] have issued a collective appeal. In it they condemn the military actions being conducted by the Russian army on the territory of Ukraine. Ekho Moskvy’s former editor reported this on his blog on his Telegram channel. The website of the Human Rights Council itself, where the statement was published, is now inaccessible, as are many official Russian websites.
The report’s recipients assert that, due to the current circumstances, “the exercise of many social and individual rights of the citizen and human being are threatened.” As confirmation of these words, they cited the cessation of broadcasting by the Ekho Moskvy radio station and the Dozhd television channel, as well as the death of many Russian and Ukrainian citizens.
Council members believe that all military actions between the states should cease immediately and that the sides in the conflict are obligated to sit down at the negotiations table. Also, the signatories emphasized that “all participants [in the conflict — Activatica] must remember to observe the provisions of humanitarian law.” Council members also spoke out against “free speech and other basic freedoms” being subject to additional restrictions.
The appeal has already been signed by Aleksandr Asmolov, Aleksandr Verkhovsky, Natalia Evdokimova, Igor Kalyapin, Svetlana Makovetskaya, Tatyana Margolina, Leonid Nikitinsky, Mara Polyakova, Nikolai Svanidze, Aleksandr Sokurov, Vladimir Ryakhovsky, Igor Yurgens, and Sergei Tsyplenkov.