Human rights Council opposed the postponement of the World War II End Day
The Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights (HRC) asked the Federation Council not to approve the law on the postponement of the Second World War End Day from September 2 to September 3 - on the date that coincide with the memory day of the victims of the Beslan terrorist attack.
The draft law was adopted by the State Duma on April 14 and now approval by the Federation Council and the president is required.
The postponement initiative was previously put forward by a group of deputies and senators because on September 2, 1945, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR declared September 3 as the day of celebration of the Victory over Japan, an ally of Germany in World War II. The authors of the bill believe that this very date - September 3, is a symbol of the transition "from the state of war to peace, the search for ways of reconciliation and cooperation."
“In our opinion, decisions on the establishment of memorable dates should unite people, and not divide them. The transfer of the Day of Military Glory from September 2 to 3 will be greeted with misunderstanding by relatives and friends of those killed in this monstrous terrorist attack, ”Kommersant quotes a letter from the head of the Human Rights Council Valery Fadeev (pictured) to the Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, published on the website of the Human Rights Council.
Human rights activists noted that they understand the arguments of the supporters of the postponement of the Day of the end of World War II, "primarily the inhabitants of the Far East." But at the same time, according to the appeal of Fadeev, most members of the HRC consider the decision to postpone the date to be erroneous.
On September 3, 2004, at school No. 1 in Beslan, 333 people were killed as a result of the attack, including 186 children.
“This tragic date will forever remain in the hearts of Russians as a day of terrible terrorist attack,” the Human Rights Council said in a statement.