A day to remember Anna Politkovskaya

Sir,

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the murder of the Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

We the undersigned are all supporters of the human rights organisation RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR), and this weekend we will be making the first Anna Politkovskaya Award to recognise women who are defending human rights in zones of war and conflict.

We call on the Russian Government to bring to justice, in full conformity with international standards, both those who killed Anna Politkovskaya and those who have ordered her murder.

We also call on the world’s leaders to pledge to do everything in their power to protect the journalists and human rights defenders who work in areas of war and conflict, and who speak out on behalf of the victims, as Anna did.

We owe it to the memory of Anna to protect the very few who still speak out, on behalf of those to whom nobody wants to listen.

MAIREAD MAGUIRE
BETTY WILLIAMS
JODY WILLIAMS
SHIRIN EBADI
WANGARI MAATHAI
RIGOBERTA MENCHú TUM
ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU
ELENA BONNER
TATIANA YANKELEVICH
PRESIDENT VACLAV HAVEL
HAROLD PINTER
THE HON ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI
VLADIMIR BUKOVSKY
ANDRE GLUCKSMANN
GLORIA STEINEM
SERGEY KOVALYOV
TERRY WAITE, CBE
SUSAN SARANDON
ALEXEI SIMONOV
GILLIAN SLOVO
BARONESS KENNEDY OF THE SHAWS
BERNARD-HENRI LéVY
MAREK EDELMAN
ELISABETH REHN
MARIANE PEARL
ASMA JAHANGIR
SISTER HELEN PREJEAN
ARIEL DORFMAN
VANESSA REDGRAVE
MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
EVE ENSLER
JOHN SWEENEY
JONATHAN SCHELL
NOAM CHOMSKY
MARINA LITVINENKO
LYUDMILA ALEKSEEVA
DESMOND O’MALLEY
ANNE NIVAT
VICTOR FAINBERG
LORD JUDD
LORD REA
LORD GIDDENS
LORD AHMED
BARONESS WILLIAMS OF CROSBY
BARONESS MEACHER
PROFESSOR YAKIN ERTURK
ELENA KUDIMOVA
NATASHA KANDIC
CAROLINE MCCORMICK
SISTER MARYA GRATHWOHL
HEIDI BRADNER
MEGLENA KUNEVA
ELIZABETH KOSTOVA
ESTHER CHAVEZ
JOHN D. PANITZA
DUBRAVKA UGRESIC
KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
VICTOR NAVASKY
AIDAN WHITE
HOLLY NEAR
ELIZABETH FRANK

The Times, 06 Oct 2007
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/letters/article2599269.ece.

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