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[16days_discussion] Fwd: Inspiring Human Rights Defender Elena Ryabinina Passed Away Last Week

Radha Paudel rpaudel456 at gmail.com
Thu May 8 03:06:46 EDT 2014


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From: WHRD <whrd at apwld.org>
Date: 8 May 2014 11:23
Subject: Inspiring Human Rights Defender Elena Ryabinina Passed Away Last
Week
To: friends-of-whrd-ic at googlegroups.com


*Elena Ryabinina*, a much admired Russian human rights defender (HRD),
passed away on 4 May 2014 in Moscow, aged 59. She died after a long battle
with cancer.

Since 2002, Ryabinina had been fighting for the rights of refugees seeking
asylum from Central Asian countries. She was renowned for the compassion,
enthusiasm, and optimism with which she worked to achieve better rights for
refugees and asylum seekers.

According to Radio Free
Europe<http://www.rferl.org/content/ryabinina-obituary-rights-central-asia-russia/25374430.html>,
over the past 10 years the HRD, "saved dozens of Uzbeks and Tajiks who
sought asylum from religious and political repression in their home
countries."

Although she did not have formal legal training, Ryabinina developed an
impressive knowledge of asylum laws, and consulted and defended people
seeking political and religious asylum.

She worked with the *Civic Assistance Committee* and the *Memorial Human
Rights Center*, both prominent Russian rights organisations. The HRD also
headed the Right to Asylum program at the *Institute for Human Rights*.

Front Line Defenders is deeply saddened to hear of Elena's death and would
like to extend deepest sympathies to all those close to this courageous and
inspiring human rights defender.

"She was the funniest and happiest person I knew," said *Maria
Chichtchenkova*, Protection Coordinator at Front Line Defenders.
"Yesterday, friends going to the funeral ceremony reported that they
stopped nearby to buy some flowers and the florist said that the funeral
must be for someone very important, because people had been coming to buy
flowers all day. Elena helped so many."
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Elena Ryabinina, a much admired Russian human rights defender (HRD), passed
away on 4 May 2014 in Moscow, aged 59. She died after a long battle with
cancer.

Since 2002, Ryabinina had been fighting for the rights of refugees seeking
asylum from Central Asian countries. She was renowned for the compassion,
enthusiasm, and optimism with which she worked to achieve better rights for
refugees and asylum seekers.

According to Radio Free Europe, over the past 10 years the HRD, "saved
dozens of Uzbeks and Tajiks who sought asylum from religious and political
repression in their home countries."

Although she did not have formal legal training, Ryabinina developed an
impressive knowledge of asylum laws, and consulted and defended people
seeking political and religious asylum.

She worked with the Civic Assistance Committee and the Memorial Human
Rights Center, both prominent Russian rights organisations. The HRD also
headed the Right to Asylum program at the Institute for Human Rights.

Front Line Defenders is deeply saddened to hear of Elena's death and would
like to extend deepest sympathies to all those close to this courageous and
inspiring human rights defender.

"She was the funniest and happiest person I knew," said Maria
Chichtchenkova, Protection Coordinator at Front Line Defenders. "Yesterday,
friends going to the funeral ceremony reported that they stopped nearby to
buy some flowers and the florist said that the funeral must be for someone
very important, because people had been coming to buy flowers all day.
Elena helped so many."


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Front Line Defenders
Grattan House, Temple Rd, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Tel:+353(1)2123750
www.frontlinedefenders.org
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