FW: International appeal on the Internet

Andres Heinapuu andres at SURI.EE
Wed Mar 2 10:35:05 UTC 2005

-----Original Message-----
From: Valeri Kalabugin [mailto:valeri at ngonet.ee]
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2005 10:04 AM
To: valeri at ngonet.ee
Subject: International appeal on the Internet

                    Tallinn, Estonia
                    phone +372 630 7477
                    fax +372 631 1239
                    e-mail ininst at nlib.ee

Dear cultural workers, human rights activists and politicians,
May we ask you to join this Appeal by signing it on the Internet page

With regards,
Merle Haruoja
General Secretary



We the representatives and friends of the Finno-Ugric peoples of the world
call on the Russian authorities at all levels to take immediate steps to end
the attacks on members of the democratic opposition in the Republic of Mari
El. We urge international human rights organizations to join us in this

In recent months, the local government of Mari El has done nothing to stop
the rising tide of discrimination and attacks against the Mari people, thus
creating the impression that it supports or may even be behind them.  We
note with regret that the authorities have done nothing to identify those
who earlier this month attacked Vladimir Kozlov, editor-in-chief of the
Finno-Ugric newspaper Kudo+Kodu and head of the all-Russian movement of the
Mari people, Mer Kanash, beating him nearly to death.

The Mari people are an important part of the Finno-Ugric world, and this
summer they are scheduled to host the next world congress of Finno-Ugric
studies. Consequently, it is especially important now that the Russian
authorities in Moscow and in Mari El do everything possible to end the abuse
of the rights of the Maris.

21st of February 2005

Prof. Paul Goble, USA
Prof. John Hiden, United Kingdom
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Vice-President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of
the European Parliament
Dr. Tytti Isohookana-Asunmaa, former Minister of Culture of Finland
Béla J?vorszky, former Ambassador to Finland and Estonia, Hungary
Prof. Kyösti Julku, Finland
Prof. Olavi Korhonen, Sweden
Mart Laar, MP, former Prime Minister of Estonia
Leena Laulajainen, writer, Finland
Dr. Lennart Meri, former President of Estonia
Mart Meri, Editor-in-Chief, Estonia
Pertti Paasio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland
Prof. J?nos Pusztay, Hungary
Prof. Raimo Raag, Sweden
Kari Rydman, composer, Finland
Prof. Pauli Saukkonen, Finland
Toomas Savi, MEP, former Speaker of the Parliament of Estonia
As. Prof. Tõnu Seilenthal, Estonia
Veljo Tormis, composer, Estonia
Riitta Uosukainen, former Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
Arvo Valton, writer, Chairman of the Association of Finno-Ugric Literatures
Prof. Kalevi Wiik, Finland


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