Lawyer Karinna Moskalenko receives the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize

Source: (author), 16/06/10

· Human Rights Defenders

Karinna Moskalenko has been awarded the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize. In making the announcement, the Institute of Human Rights of the Bar of the city of Bordeaux, which makes the award, noted Moskalenko’s achievements in defending prisoners’ rights and assisting the families of disappeared persons in Chechnya. This information comes from, citing the French newspaper Sud Ouest. reports that Karinna Moskalenko, who heads the International Protection Centre, became the 14th lawyer to receive this prize. Karinna Moskalenko has been a member of the Russian Committee of Human Rights Lawyers, an expert of the Council of the Federal Human Rights Ombudsman, and a member of the Moscow Helsinki Group. Moskalenko became the first Russian lawyer to win a case on behalf of an applicant against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights, in which Russia was condemned for detaining persons for excessively long periods in pre-trial detention centres.

She has represented victims of the Chernobyl accident, the family of Anna Politkovskaya, victims of the terrorist attack at the Nord-Ost theatre production, and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of YUKOS.

The Ludovic-Trarieux award, created in 1984, was named in honour of the French lawyer and politician, Ludovic Trarieux, who founded the League for the Defence of Human Rights and Citizen in 1898. The first recipient of the Ludovic-Trarieux award was Nelson Mandela, who fought against the apartheid.