This week, someone you wouldn’t have expected to say this, said this: “What’s happening with the planet’s climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us, meaning all heads of state, all heads of social organisations, in order to take a more energetic approach to countering the global changes to the climate.”
Human rights organisations in Russia have joined forces to honour Memorial, an international civil rights society which operates in a number of post-Soviet states, as they received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in the European Parliament
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a decree in Moscow on the establishment of full diplomatic relations with the Holy See following a meeting at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI. Since 1990 there have been partial relations.
The Russian authorities must stop persecuting human rights activists and instead channel their efforts into investigating those responsible for their murders, Amnesty International says ahead of Human Rights Day on 10 December.