Greenpeace also addressed the authorized representative for
human rights of the RF, because the human right to freedom of
meetings and associations, provided for by Article 11 of the
European Convention concerning the Human Rights and Basic Freedoms'
Protection is violated in St. Petersburg.
On the eve of the G8 summit in Saint Petersburg citizens and
non-governmental organizations were virtually banned from
organizing public events, Greenpeace Russia had submitted four
notifications of a picket. However, organizers were offered to hold
the event after July 18, i.e. after the summit is over. The same
response was given to citizens of St. Petersburg who wanted to hold
a protest picket against cutting trees in the city. The public was
a victim of the meeting of the heads of democratic states where
unlike Russia human rights are observed.
According to Greenpeace, in all cases there were violations of
Article 12.2 of the federal law "On meetings, rallies,
demonstrations, processions, picketing", according to which local
authorities have right to provide the organizer of a public event
with a well-grounded proposal about changing the place and (or)
time of the public event.
In all cases the response was the same. It referred to
"complicated transportation circumstances" and "organization of
international events" is not a well-grounded proposal. Evidently,
the "complicated transportation circumstances" in the city will
continue after 18 July.
"Only officials themselves seem to be able to answer how a
picket in a district of the city can be an obstacle for the summit
that is held in the city suburbs", says Irina Nevrova, Greenpeace
Russia lawyer. "Then, the Palace square, which according to
officials can not host 10 people, is about 50 thousand square
meters or 5 hectares".
It's time for the authorities to be charged with their unlawful
actions, if Russia really wants to prove its status as a democratic
For further information please contact Greenpeace Russia:
St.Petersburg - +7 (812) 352-1022 - Igor Babanin
Moscow - +7 (495) 926-5045, ext.371 - Irina Nevrova