Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Moscow’s Human Rights Ombudsman To Report On Freedom Of Assembly

Posted by Info on 16/08/2011

Moscow’s human rights ombudsman Alexander Muzykantsky will prepare a report on violations of the Russian authorities of the freedom to hold demonstrations.

The Moscow government has been reluctant to allow opposition rallies in support of Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right to free assembly. Only a few meetings of the “Kremlin-recognized” opposition groups have been authorized.

“This is a dangerous game, which violates the rights and freedoms stipulated by the Constitution,” Muzykantsky said at a meeting with Moscow city lawmakers.
About 100 people came to an unauthorized rally on Moscow’s downtown Triumfalnaya Square on March 31. 54 were detained.

Solidarity movement head Boris Nemtsov and Ilya Yashin, who leads the People’s Freedom Party, were arrested during an unsanctioned rally in St. Petersburg. About 100 of the 300 people who came to the protests were detained along with the leaders.


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