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🙋 42th Weely protest

January 20, 2024 ⏱ 14:30
Embassy of Russia, 📍 Rua Visconde de Santarém 69, Lisboa
🙋 42th Weely protest

What useful can we do to help Ukrainian civilians detained in Russia? Bring closer a Russia without Putin and Putinism.

You are watching news from the weekly rally at the Russian embassy in Lisbon. Today is January 20th, 14:30.

On January 17th, Mikhail Savva, an expert of the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties, held an international discussion of human rights defenders called Solidarity Talk. The topic of the discussion was "Illegal deprivation of liberty of Ukrainian non-combatants by the occupiers: how to release everyone unconditionally and without exchanges". Our representative was also present on the call.

Link to the video recording:

According to the Kharkiv Human Rights Group and other human rights defenders, Russian authorities have illegally detained between 7 and 14 thousand Ukrainian civilians. This includes several employees of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant who have been held in the basement of a local police department since July 2023. Also, women arrested in 2017 remain in captivity. All these people lack sufficient legal support to defend their rights.

The practice of torture is gradually expanding. A Ukrainian expert reported that some detainees had all their teeth knocked out, and there is the question of how to fund their dental prosthesis. There have been cases where detainees died during torture. Of course, their families need help.

Human rights defenders need assistance: it is necessary to locate "civilian detainees" in Russia and in the occupied territories of Ukraine. A Russian lawyer can make a request to a prison about the presence and health condition of a person. Often Russian authorities respond that they do not have such people, but there are also successful cases where various organizations have already rescued several dozen people.

Also, according to Ukrainian human rights defenders, there is a feeling that nobody abroad knows about this. It is necessary to help spread the information. One can appeal to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Human Rights Committee, and the International Criminal Court.

Mikhail Savva suggested that Russians abroad can help by finding and paying for lawyers for the families of unlawfully detained Ukrainians to initiate criminal cases in those countries for illegal detention. If you are ready to participate in this work, write to us through the contacts on the website adrl.pt.

Also, the Center for Civil Liberties is promoting the idea of sanctions for the illegal detention of civilians.

In our catalog of initiatives on the website adrl.pt, you can find organizations Rubicus and Pluriton, which help Ukrainians leave Russia and the occupied territories. This is dangerous and requires funds for tickets and more, so help them with your donations.

And of course, come to the rallies this Sunday, January 21st:

14:00, Praça dos Restauradores, Lisbon.

13:00, Praça da Batalha, Porto.

In Lisbon, Marat Gelman from the Anti-War Committee will take part!

Say no to the Putin regime and start taking active steps to hasten the day when Putin is no more!

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