She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.
She says: “People rely on us, they come to us, write letters with appeals for help. That is why we take on even hopeless cases and, against all the odds, sometimes manage to succeed.”
Svetlana Gannushkina – Russian Federation
Svetlana Gannushkina (born 1942) has been engaged in peace activism since the beginning of the Karabakh conflict (1988), helping to free hundreds of Azerbaijani and Armenian prisoners of war.
She is one of the founders of the Komitet Grazhdanskaya pomoshch (Civil Assistance Committee). She has contributed to the creation of Memorial, an NGO and human rights network in the Russian Federation, and of the Migration and Law Network. Svetlana was a member of the Governmental Commission on Migration Policy and is now a member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).
The Moscow city hall has denied a permission to hold the picket, scheduled for Sunday, September 3, Svetlana Gannushkina, head of the human rights group Civil Assistance, told the Interfax news agency. “We received a refusal in response to the notification sent to the Moscow administration. We received an official ban,” Gannushkina told Interfax on Thursday. (Read all on MosNews.com, on Aug. 31, 2006). The same theme is treaten in Radio Free Europe, on August 31, and Sept. 1, and in B=92News, Sept. 1, all 2006).
Read her article: ‘Svetlana Gannushkina convinced any Chechen can be given refugee status rightfully‘, May 12, 2004.
Chechnya, the Hidden War, Aug. 16, 2006;
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Наступление на НПО продолжается, Jan 30, 2006.