Russian human rights advisors meet the Minister of State The Chairman of President Boris
Yeltsins Commission on Human Rights Vladimir Kartashkin, accompanied by the
Vice-President of the Commission Major-General Nikita Chaldymov, are to meet with Joyce
Quin MP, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, during a visit to
Britain organised by Coventry University.
The two members of the Commission will be joined in their discussions by Coventry MP
Jim Cunningham and staff from Coventry Universitys School of International Studies
and Law who have organised the visit.
Noel Hibbert from Coventry University who will be part of the delegation said:
"On Wednesday, 10 February we will be meeting with members of the House of Commons
Foreign Affairs Select Committee and discussing the New Labour Governments ethical
foreign policy and the role played in this by the Committee. This will hosted by the Chair
of the Committee Donald Anderson MP.
"On Thursday, 11 February, we will meet the Minister of State Joyce Quin. At this
meeting we will also discuss the relevance of the Governments ethical foreign policy
for Russia and Chechnya, given heightened importance by the recent deaths of British
hostages in Chechnya", added Noel.
The delegation will also discuss the funding of a Handbook on Human Rights for
Russia and Chechnya, and the Universitys Virtual Reality Institute project.
This will provide a hi-tech link between four Moscow military academies and an
Anglo-Russian Curriculum Development Team, enabling the academies to download learning
modules on democratic control of the security forces and human rights preservation for use
with serving military officers.
"The anticipated outcome of these meetings will be an agreement with British
Government ministers to fund a series of strategically targeted projects relating to
democracy and human rights in Russia", comments Noel Hibbert.
Running in parallel with this activity will be a 20-day course for Russian military
officers on National Approaches to the Management of Democracy and Human Rights in
the Armed Forces, taking place at Coventry University from 7-27 February. As part of
the course on 12 February Peter Truscott MEP will address the issue of the military, the
legislature and the role of a loyal parliamentary opposition.