EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Definition Of Extremist-oriented Crimes Is Very Broad In Russian Law

Posted by Info on 03/12/2010

Human rights must be integral part of EU-Russia relations
A representative of the Russian human rights NGO SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, contended that the definition of extremist-oriented crimes was very broad in the Russian law. Religious groups such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, journalists, politicians, bloggers, social activists and even artists had been indicted because of extremist statements.

The Commission representative confirmed that this law was a cause of serious concern, saying “there is a great gap between the text of this law, which in general is in line with European standards, and the realities on the ground.”

Civil society organisations are “losing courage”. Asked by MEPs Graham Watson (ALDE, UK) about the trend of reporting by Russian NGOs when meeting European Commission representatives, the Commission said the NGOs “are losing courage”. There had been some hope when President Medvedev took office but since then the realities hade not changed substantially.

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