Statement by Moscow Memorial: “On the Limits of Collaboration”

posted 4 Feb 2012, 08:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Feb 2012, 09:52 ]
Source: (info), 01/02/12 

· Human rights defenders  · Racism and xenophobia  · Moscow city & Moscow region 

The board of the Moscow Memorial Society believes it necessary to explain why our organisation declined to take part in the setting up of the Civic Council, the coordination structure of the recently-founded Civic Movement. 

The rules under which the Council was set up are wholly opaque, and this alone makes it doubtful that the Council will be able to perform the functions for which it is intended. 

But another issue is much more important. The Civic Council is being set up to combat electoral fraud and arbitrary government, and to promote protection of the rule of law and civic rights. These are without doubt worthy and noble goals. 

Is it possible to achieve these goals by joining forces with those who call for violence and ethnic discrimination, who justify fascism and racism? [Read more]