Putin Alters Status of Human Rights Group
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 9:35 AM

President Putin has reorganized the Human Rights Commission chaired by Ella Pamfilova into a Presidential Council for Assisting Civil Society and Human Rights Institutions, the presidential press service announced on 9 November. Pamfilova told Interfax that the reorganization "enhances the entity's status." The group will focus on the observation of human rights by law enforcement agencies, freedom of speech, human rights in the migration process, and improving the humanitarian situation in the North Caucasus. Joining the council are several well-known human rights activists, including Moscow Helsinki Group Chairwoman Lyudmila Alekseeva, Glasnost Defense Fund head Aleksei Simonov, Memorial head Oleg Orlov, pollster Yurii Levada, television commentator Aleksei Pushkov, and Russian Television Academy President Vladimir Pozner, according to Interfax and RIA-Novosti. JAC

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