Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Human Rights Organization “Soldiers’ Mothers of Saint-Petersburg”
has been protecting the legal rights of conscripts and soldiers since 1991. In addition, it assists the individuals who chose to undertake alternative civilian service, and works with the members of soldiers’ and conscripts’ families.
The NGO provides legal and social services free of charge. It also monitors, in response to people’s appeals, the violations of their legal rights and interests, and further drafts analytical materials for submitting them to the competent state authorities and international human rights institutions.
kolokSoldiers’ Mothers of Saint-Petersburg postulate the assertion of the rule of law as their core objective. The organization fully subscribes to the principles of human rights, responsibility, human decency, law abidance in all its activities, and openness to the interaction with the authorities.
NGO’s activists firmly believe that the defence and development of human rights and fundamental freedoms are one of the most important means for achieving the abovementioned objectives. Soldiers’ Mothers of Saint-Petersburg are fully committed to the idea of basic freedoms and deem those freedoms to be the foundation of justice and universal peace. NGO’s team concurs in conclusion that mutual understanding and human rights defence are the main prerequisites for the observance of fundamental freedoms.
The ideal of the free human person enjoying civil liberty and freedom from fear and want can only be made real by means of creating a set of appropriate conditions. Those conditions must ensure that every person has an opportunity to exercise his or her economic, social, cultural, political and civil rights on an equal footing with all other individuals. It is also extremely import to emphasize that all civil rights derive from the inherent dignity of the human person.
bookNGO’s methods of legal and social assistance to conscripts, soldiers and their families rest on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
Soldiers’ Mothers of Saint-Petersburg are guided in their work by the ideas stipulated in Charter of personal responsibility and in the empowerment program. The latter anticipates that citizens should take personal responsibility and participate in decision-making on that level of society where they live and work. Today, Soldiers’ Mothers is one of very few Russian NGOs that have adopted the empowerment program.
Raz"Yezzhaya Ulitsa, 9, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191002
Saint Petersburg, Russia