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News from the Russian Research Center for Human Rights - 2003

Online action for the Chechen Republic armed conflict victims

The Human Rights Network Group and its website Human Rights Online has initiated a public action for the Chechen Republic and a commemoration of the victims of the war there. The war, now in its tenth year, is still ongoing. 18 Dec 2003 »

Image: Non-Centrists to become 'minorities' in the new Duma

Non-Centrists to become 'minorities' in the new Duma

The Dec 7 Russian parliamentary elections dramatically demonstrated the failure of the smaller, non-centrist and opposition parties to make an impression on its country´s politics. According to a preliminary report, the leading ´Edinstvo´ party, advertising itself as ´acting together with the President´ took 36,8% of the votes. Only three other parties (no Rights-wings among them) surpassed the 5% level required to enter the new parliament. The analysts say the Duma is likely to be not just pro-presidential, but purely ´presidential´. 08 Dec 2003 »

Image: UN adopts NGOs' observations on human rights in Russia

UN adopts NGOs' observations on human rights in Russia

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has adopted the concluding remarks of the 4th periodic report of the Russian Federation on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Having welcomed dialogue between NGOs and the official delegation, the Committee identified 27 ´negative´ and only 5 ´positive´ areas in the field of social and economic rights in the Russian Federation. 08 Dec 2003 »

Image: Chechnyan living conditions recognized as prime international concern

Chechnyan living conditions recognized as prime international concern

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has recognized the poor living conditions in the Chechen Republic as its biggest concern in all of the Russian Federation. In its concluding remarks on Russia´s 4th periodic report on the implementation of the Committee´s International Covenant, the Russian State is urged to allocate sufficient funds to reinstate basic services, including health and educational infrastructure, in the Chechen Republic. 08 Dec 2003 »

Image: NGOs still raising voice for Khodorkovsky

NGOs still raising voice for Khodorkovsky

Russian NGOs do not agree with the president Putin´s decision to stop the "hysteria about YUKOS", the oil giant. Its former leader Mikhail Khodorkovsky is still in prison and accused in several crimes. Human rights activists deeply concerned with the Russian state power turning back to repressive methods of ruling the country. Some even call Khodorkovsky´s arrest the "start of the fight with civil society" in the Russian Federation. 03 Dec 2003 »

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