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News from the Russian Research Center for Human Rights - 2011

Image: Russia: Strongly condemns arrests of protesters

Russia: Strongly condemns arrests of protesters

Human Rights House Foundation condemns the arrests of several hundred people demonstrated after the Duma election in Russia on the 4th of December and call upon Russian authorities to respect freedom of assembly. 24 Dec 2011 »

Image: Khadimurad Kamalov, the founder of the independent weekly newspaper Chernovik in Dagestan. 
Copyright: Reuters

Russia must investigate murder of publisher in Dagestan

Just before midnight on 15 December – coincidentally national day for remembering killed Russian journalists – the founder of the independent weekly newspaper Chernovik, Khadimurad Kamalov, was shot dead in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan. 18 Dec 2011 »

Image: Russian Duma 
Copyright: rusk.ru

The defamation reform in Russia fails to protect freedom of expression

According to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) as many as 8-10,000 defamation cases a year had been filed against journalists and media outlets for defamation in Russia. Recent amendments to Russia’s defamation legislation – including partial decriminalisation of libel and insult – will not improve the situation for the media in the country, says Article 19. 05 Dec 2011 »

HRHF opens working session 3 at OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

The Human Rights House Foundation, together with partner organisations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and the Russian Federation, took part at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation meeting in Warsaw on 25-29 September 2011. It made several interventions, addressing human rights issues in the countries, co-organised side events on Belarus and protection of human rights defenders and organised a protest campaign against the arrest of Ales Bialiatski. Maria Dahle, the Executive Director of HRHF, opened the 3rd working session on freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of association, national HR institutions and HR education. 28 Sep 2011 »

Image: Mourners pray at the burial site of slain human rights activist Natalya Estemirova near Grozny Chechnya. Her killing sparked international outrage.
 
Copyright: Musa Sadulayev / Associated Press, imgs.sfgate.com

Russia: same old, same old

Several key areas where Russian government has yet to make a progress if the country wants to be more democratic remain to be a core issue with regard to human rights within Russian Federation. It was outlined during the visit of human rights defenders from the Norwegian Helsinki Committee to St. Petersburg and Moscow on 8-12 September. 15 Sep 2011 »

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