Role of Council of Europe related to Russia and Belarus

The Campaign to Uphold Rights in Europe (CURE) has issued a letter on the role of Council of Europe in relation to Russia and Belarus. It endorses the firm and principled position taken by Council of Europe representatives and member states on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

The letter points to the continued need for individuals and groups to be able to submit cases against Russia’s human rights violations. It urges the Council of Europe to reach out to the Russian public and to Russian citizens in exile, expressing support to those who raise their voices against the Russian government’s aggression, and includes concrete proposals on programs of engagement and cooperation with Russian and Belarus civilian society.

Open Letter by the CURE Campaign to the Council of Europe


What is CURE?

On 26 January 2022, a coalition of 14 civil society organisations, including the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, started a new international initiative, the Campaign to Uphold Rights in Europe (CURE). CURE was launched in Strasbourg, the seat of the Council of Europe, an inter-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights, rule of law and democracy. The campaign’s founding Manifesto raises the alarm over the increasing challenge to this role. More information is available on CURE’s website and Twitter.

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