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Ludmila Alekseeva: In 2014 human rights defenders will work to improve the judicial and penitentiary systems in Russia

posted 12 Jan 2014, 08:13 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Jan 2014, 08:16 ]
4 January 2014

Source: Moscow Helsinki Group

Head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, Ludmila Alekseeva, told Interfax that in 2014 reform of the judicial and penitentiary systems will be the key task for human rights defenders in Russia. “The absence of an independent judiciary is our main problem. Another problem which needs to be addressed in 2014 is the situation of the penitentiary”, she said.

The head of the Moscow Helsinki Group further announced that “improving the situation in those areas will not only be the key task for human rights defenders, but for the whole society. The development of our economy depends on it, and whether our country will see peace and stability”.

“Another task will be the fight against election violations. These have decreased but have not ceased to exist”, said Ludmila Alekseeva.

Translated by Eva Cukier