Amnesty calls on the Russian Consulate
Amnesty International Australia today presented a 10,000 signature petition to the Russian Consulate in Sydney, calling on President Vladimir Putin to end human rights violations in his country.
The presentation coincided with the delivery of an Amnesty International petition in Russia, which boasted 300,000 signatures from around the world.
Chris Holley, spokesperson for Amnesty International Australia, said that he hoped the Winter Olympic Games being hosted in Sochi would help throw a light on human rights abuses in Russia.
“Hosting the Olympic Games is a privilege and respect for human rights and basic freedoms should be demanded of any host country” Holley said.
“We are very concerned by Russia’s deteriorating human rights record especially in regards to LGBTQI rights and freedom of expression.
“The Russian Government needs to repeal repressive laws which threaten basic civil and political freedoms and defend every Russian's human rights.”
A Russian consular official met with the Amnesty delegation today and accepted the petition from their hands.