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Rights Group of the Week: Mashr

posted 14 Dec 2015, 05:10 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Dec 2015, 05:20 ]
On 8 December 2015 the Justice Ministry placed the Mashr rights organization, located in Ingushetia, on the ‘foreign agent’ register. Mashr was set up in April 2005 by relatives of people who had been kidnapped or otherwise gone missing in Ingushetia. Mashr is one of the leading NGOs in Russia's North Caucasus that bravely monitors human rights abuses in the region. As RFE/RL has reported, police in Ingushetia searched the house of Magomed Mutsolgov, who heads Mashr, in November. At the time of the search, computers and documents belonging to Mashr were confiscated on the grounds that they contained 'secret data.' Human Rights Watch condemned the allegations against Mutsolgov and his organization as 'outrageous' and said they were clearly aimed to 'intimidate and demonize him in the public eye.' Human Rights Watch pointed out that Article 12 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders stipulates that states shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection for human rights defenders against “any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary actions” related to their efforts to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Sources:
'Russia Lists Ingush Rights Group As "Foreign Agent",' RFE/RL, 9 December 2015
'Magomed Mutsolgov accused of “anti-Russian and subversive activities",' HRO.org, 7 November 2015
'Russia: Officials Harassing Ingushetia Rights Defender,' Human Rights Watch, 10 November 2015
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