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Saturday, 17 November 2012 22:03

RAIPON'S activities suspended

Having begun with jubilantly announcing the appointment of the first Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat, the first day of the 2-day Haparanda Senior Arctic Officials meeting ended on a sombre note with the Swedish Chairman reading a statement on the worsened situation of RAIPON.

Immediately prior to the Arctic Council meeting, it was announced that RAIPON – the Russian Association of Indingeous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East, a Permanent Participant since the establishment of the Arctic Council – had had its activity suspended by a directive of the Russian Ministry of Justice. The directive suspends RAIPON’s activities in the period 1 November to 20 April 2012.

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