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Svetlana Gannushkina was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Svetlana Gannushkina is a chairman of "Civil assistance" committee and a member of the Council of "Memorial" human rights center became one of the competitors for Nobel Peace Prize.

Gannushkina was suggested as a candidate by Erna Solberg, the minister of municipal self-government of Norway.

Svetlana herself, as well as her colleagues, hopes that this event would draw additional public attention to Russian human rights organizations activities and would help, at least indirectly, in changing public attitude towards human rights community in a positive way.

Svetlana Gannushkina is a head of "Memorial" human rights center program "Protection of rights of forced migrants", which embodies "The Migration and Law" network, created for free legal counseling of migrants in many regions of Russia. Lawyers of the Network render advisory services for migrants, protect their rights at the court and work on conformation of local legal acts with federal legislation and the Constitution of Russia. Volunteers of "Memorial" are engaged in social adaptation of children of refugees and migrants, and hold classes to train children for school enrollment.

As a member of the Expert Council at the Ombudsman in the Russian Federation, Svetlana participates in drafting legislation that involves rights of refugees or internally displaced persons and issues regular reports on migrants situation. Svetlana Gannushkina gives vast amount of her time to promotion and restoration of Human Rights in Russia.

We congratulate Svetlana Gannushkina on her nomination for Nobel Peace Prize!

Let us remind to everybody, that in 2009 Svetlana Gannushkina became a Honorary participant of Youth Human Rights Movement. And therefore we can't help but be happy with the fact that our youth have an example to follow, to learn from and to pursue :).

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