Target: John F. Tefft, U.S. Ambassador to Russia
Goal: Stop the harassment and oppression of a human rights group.
The Russian ministry is unjustly accusing a human rights group of threatening “constitutional rule” and sabotaging the country. The allegations could result in a liquidation and shutdown of this beneficial organization.
The Memorial Human Rights Center is a renowned organization that has been documenting human rights violations since 1989. It receives funding from various foreign agencies to help maintain its operations. According to Human Rights Watch, their building was searched by officers and they were charged with fostering an unfavorable public opinion of the government. They are also accused of using foreign funds to disturb Russia’s current power structure.
The Russian constitution guarantees free expression, including critiques on matters of public interest. These new charges are a clear violation of the constitutional law. The illegal harassment of this human rights group has been occurring for several years. The government often finds indirect and corrupt means to oppress organizations that question the status quo or challenge government activity.
Memorial is a well-respected organization devoted to protecting the rights of Russian citizens. The government should not be able to demonize groups that are committed to critical expression and personal freedoms for all citizens. Demand that the government retract the charges against the human rights center and end the oppression of such organizations.
Dear Ambassador Tefft,
A human rights group in Russia is facing unsubstantiated charges from the government. This could result in the organization being shutdown and losing its positive influence on the country.
Russia’s constitution grants the right of free expression to its citizens and allows criticisms of government policy and structure. The Russian ministry is blatantly attempting to go around the law with baseless charges, such as undermining the foundations of constitutional rule. Russia cannot progress in its desire for democracy if free speech is not a guarantee for all its individuals and organizations.
Expressing free speech or discontent with the government is not equivalent to harming the government. Human rights groups help protect individuals that are being treated unjustly in a society. In Russia, the unjust treatment is happening to the groups themselves and they need protection from this injustice. We urge you to push the Russian government to drop charges against Memorial Human Rights Center and help preserve this notable organization.
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