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News from the Russian Research Center for Human Rights - 2007

Image: Moscow Human Rights House celebrates its 15th anniversary

Moscow Human Rights House celebrates its 15th anniversary

The Human Rights House in Moscow (The Russian Research Centre for Human Rights) celebrated its 15th anniversary yesterday with a conference summing up the centre´s activities through a dramatic decade and a half in Russian history. The 60 people attending ´New challenges – new strategies´ concluded that the Centre has been vital for the human rights movement in the Russian Federation, but addressed also the fact that the Centre´s future survival is in the balance, with rents rising to levels no longer manageable. 14 Dec 2007 »

Image: Seminar on suicide prevention in the Russian Army

Seminar on suicide prevention in the Russian Army

The Moscow City Psychology-Teacher´s Training University conducted a seminar this week on suicide prevention in the Russian Army. The issue is vital to Russian society: according to the General Office of the Public Prosecutor, more than 6,500 army personnel suffered from 'dedovshina' (harassment, humiliation, and other violations of soldiers´ dignity) last year. Of these, approximately 70 went on to commit suicide. 07 Dec 2007 »

Image: Independent Chechen press launched in English

Independent Chechen press launched in English

Over the last couple of weeks, a digest of the independent Chechen journal 'DOSH' - 'A word' - has been launched in Brussels, Paris and Oslo. The journal has been published in the Russian Federation since March 2003. The Chechen journalists told European public figures, politicians, mass media representatives and human rights activists how hard it has become to be an independent journalist in the Russian Federation and what difficulties they face when democratic principles are not observed.  25 Nov 2007 »

Image: OSCE refuses to send the observers on State Duma elections

OSCE refuses to send the observers on State Duma elections

2 December 2007 - for this date the elections in the State Duma of the Russian Federation are set. Many independent foreign observers from various international organizations were going to come on this period. Among them there was the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). But the Russian authorities did their best to frustrate participation of the observers from the OSCE. As a result, the OSCE has simply refused to participate in supervision over such "elections". (23–NOV–07) 23 Nov 2007 »

Image: Russia's 'Civil pool' announces its self-dissolution

Russia's 'Civil pool' announces its self-dissolution

Early in October so called “Civil pool”, a coalition of public organizations, established to control the election process to the State Duma on 2 December, announced about its self-dissolution. It happened after Vladimir Putin made a statement to head the party “United Russia”. The "Pool” was created in spring 2007 by initiative of Ella Pamfilova, the Chairman of the Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation. (29-OCT-2007) 29 Oct 2007 »

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