Human rights defenders raise alarm as Russia ready to take over Interpol. On 21 November, 192 delegates from the member countries of Interpol – the International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO) – had met in Dubai for the last day of the 87th annual session of Interpol’s General Assembly to elect a new president of the agency. Despite it being widely expected that Russian frontrunner Alexander Prokopchuk would take the post, Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president. Here is an overview of the events that preceded this decision.
Will the Sakharov prize help free Oleg Sentsov? Will the Sakharov prize help free Oleg Sentsov? The Sakharov prize clearly indicates solidarity and undeniable support for Oleg by European politicians, as well as their readiness to continue pressure on Russia on international platforms. Such a move is totally welcomed by all EU representatives who have livened up hopes for possible release not only of Oleg but also of all Ukrainian political prisoners as well. But the Sakharov prize alone is not enough for Putin to trigger this process.
Dozens of cultural actors in France appeal to free Sentsov and all Ukrainian political prisoners. Intellectuals and cultural figures from around the world call upon western leaders to demand from Russian President Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and all Ukrainian political prisoners in an editorial in the French newspaper Le Monde. Among the signatories of the letter are such famous cultural figures as philosopher Slavoj Žižek, historian Galia Ackerman, vice president of the French Senate Davis Assouline, historian Alain Besançon, philosopher Pascal Bruckner, writer Emmanuel Carrère, politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit, director Jean-Pierre Dardenne, philosopher Michelle Eltchaninoff, director by Stefan Fokinos, essayist Raphaël Glucksmann, director Aki Kaurismyaki, director Wim Wenders and many other well-known people.
Acclaimed film director Godard declines Russia visit over imprisonment of Oleg Sentsov. Acclaimed director Jean-Luc Godard has declined an invitation to visit Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum because of the detention of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, Le Figaro reported. “Thank you for your invitation, but given the condition of Sentsov’s detention, I do not feel that I can visit the Hermitage (Museum of St. Petersburg) for the moment, regardless of my friendship for the people,” wrote Jean-Luc Godard in the letter to Dimitri Ozerkov, director of the contemporary art department of the Hermitage Museum, who invited him to St. Petersburg.
Britain urged towards Magnitsky-style sanctions against torturers of Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin. Magnitsky-style sanctions could be a step towards freeing the circa 70 Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin, said Ukrainian human rights activists during a visit to London in early November 2018, where they passed a list of those responsible for torturing Ukrainian political prisoners to British MPs.
Why Ukraine’s new UN General Assembly resolution is important for returning Crimea and political prisoners. The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly has recently approved a newly revised draft resolution titled “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine.” The document was backed by 67 UN member states, 26 voted against it, 82 abstained. The ones that voted against are: Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
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