STRASBOURG: ‘ Thorbjorn Jagland Voices Opinion over Closing Human Rights Organisation Memorial ‘

#AceNewsServices – STRASBOURG, October 15. /TASS/. Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland said on Wednesday he is worried over possible winding up of Russian human rights organization Memorial.

Human Rights Work of “Memorial”

Human Rights Work of “Memorial”

A suit claiming Memorial liquidation was lodged with Russia’s Supreme Court by the Ministry of Justice over violations exposed in the society’s activity in late 2012. Thus, according to the claim, the organization “lacks a nationwide status and it has no documented proof of statutory activity.”

Moreover, it allegedly does not observe its own charter.

Human Rights Work of “Memorial”

Human Rights Work of “Memorial”

The Ministry of Justice twice demanded the organization should remedy breaches but it has failed to do that.

The Supreme Court will consider the claim on November 13. The ministry says however that Memorial still has time to correct deficiencies.

Jagland’s press service said he had telephoned to Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov to call on him to use every possibility in order to find a legal solution to that problem to let this organization continue its work.

Memorial’s liquidation will be a shock to many Russians and will pose a threat of undermining Russia’s reputation on the global arena, he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s chief human rights champion Mikhail Fedotov said he hoped the Memorial human rights society would not be wound up.

“We must not allow Memorial to be closed due to formal reasons.

We must help the organization,” he said.

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