World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Russia Federation : European Human rights bus tour

Russia Federation : European Human rights bus tour

Amnesty International's most colorful action in Russia yet: a brightly decorated bus with Swiss registration plates " an "envoy" for the world's biggest human rights' organization - is crossing the border of the Russian Federation for the first time. After a hugely successful visit to 14 Central and Eastern European countries, the bus will stop in:

St Petersburg 7 October Pskov 9 October Novgorod 11 October Moscow 13 October

Visitors to the bus can get leaflets and brochures; watch videos and photo stills presenting Amnesty International's actions on the human rights situation in different countries like Iraq and Turkmenistan, the USA and the Russian Federation. They have the chance to sign a petition designed as a symbolic passport urging President Vladimir Putin to address the plight of hundreds of thousands of former Soviet citizens in Russia who are being denied their legal right to obtain Russian citizenship and/or permanent residency rights.

"This tour, organized by Amnesty International Switzerland, is an excellent example of the vigor, creativity and international solidarity of our organization whose 1.8 million members in 140 countries are campaigning relentlessly to change for the better people's lives all over the world. The purpose of the tour is to tell the public more about our organization and to promote human rights issues in the Russian Federation and other countries in the world. The tour started in July as part of Amnesty International's worldwide year-long campaign on human rights in the Russian Federation, and we look forward to hosting our Swiss friends in Russia," Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International's Russian Resource Centre said.

"Our bus has already covered more than 10,000 kilometers and crossed the boundaries of 14 European countries. Throughout the journey, from Yverdon in Switzerland, to Gomel in Belarus, and now going into the Russian Federation, mass media and the general public continue to meet the bus with great interest and enthusiasm as it raises drastically the profile of AI and its human rights message," Daniel Bolomey, Secretary General of Amnesty International Switzerland said.

Read more about the European human rights bus tour for Amnesty International's Russia campaign pages at

Want to take action? All actions can be found from

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news