Senior Fellow Spearheads Historic Unveiling of Human Rights Memorial

Irwin Cotler with Zhanna Nemtsova, daughter of Boris Nemtsov

Irwin Cotler with Zhanna Nemtsova, daughter of Boris Nemtsov

The RWCHR participated in the unveiling in Washington, DC, of a memorial to assassinated Russian Democratic Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov. RWCHR Senior Fellow and leading Russian public intellectual Vladimir Kara-Murza - a close collaborator and protege of Nemtsov - spearheaded this successful initiative to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy after the slain human rights hero.

Nemtsov was a leading democrat and human rights defender in Russia, and a global champion for the Russian people and international human rights more broadly. He was also a major proponent for the advancement of Global Magnitsky Justice and Accountability Legislation. Accordingly, prior to his assassination, he had joined RWCHR founder Irwin Cotler in Ottawa on the occassion of his proposing of the Canadian Magnitsky Act.

Following the historic unveiling in Washington - which was also joined by RWCHR Senior Fellow Carl Gershman of the National Endowment for Democracy, and a coalition of civil society and bipartisan government leaders such as Senator Marco Rubio - the RWCHR announced the launch of a Canadian Nemtsov human rights memorial initiative.

Christopher Sealey