On Human Rights Day, I would like to express my solidarity with everyone who devoted themselves to the human rights protection, who honestly, firmly, patiently, consistently, unselfishly, fervently, on principle and in good faith protect and restore violated human rights, freedoms and civil dignity.
The daily painstaking, uneasy and unrewarding labour of those, who once having taken the path of human rights protection, holds true to their ideals, deserve the utmost respect. I would like to thank everyone who abides by the human rights principles in their everyday work, be it public activity or state service.
For the last years, the human rights movement in Russia has got significantly stronger, consolidated and is continuing its development, despite all the difficulties and obstacles. It has become a mature and conscientious civil force making it possible for the citizens to organise themselves to protect their rights.
On the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is important to remember how closely the destinies of various countries and peoples are interwoven in these days. This fact makes each of us immensely responsible for everything that happens within our country and beyond. That is why it is currently essential to continue to cooperate with the international human rights organisations.
Our common objective is to unite our efforts to prevent all kinds of conflicts and to build up a dialogue between opposing parties to protect the fundamental human rights – the right to life and liberty.
Ella Pamfilova Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation