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Rights Group of the Week: Perm Civic Chamber

posted 14 Nov 2016, 07:22 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Nov 2016, 07:29 ]
On 9 November 2016, the Rapid Response Centre for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders reported that a district court in the city of Perm had fined one of the city's leading human rights NGOs, Perm Civic Chamber, the sum of 400,000 roubles 'for carrying out activities without submitting an application to be listed on the register of non-profit organisations which fulfil the function of "foreign agents”.' Perm Civic Chamber said it will lodge an appeal against the ruling.  

Perm Civic Chamber was founded on 10 April 1996 on the initiative of four NGOs in Perm, a city that for many years has had a reputation for fostering a positive climate for civil society associations in Russia. Perm Civic Chamber was itself established with a mission to support the creation and effective functioning of civil society organizations in Perm region, as well as to develop and promote the means by which civil society can influence regional and local government. The chair of the organization since its founding has been Igor Averkiev, one of the best known civil society activists in Russia.

As Human Rights Watch has reported, as of November 7, 2016, there were 104 civil society groups on the official list of the Ministry of Justice of active 'foreign agents'

'Пермскую гражданскую палату оштрафовали на 400 тыс. руб. за отказ регистрироваться в качестве «иностранного агента»,' Центр реагирования по защите правозащитников, 9 November 2016
Harassment of Perm Civic Chamber continues, HRO.org in English, 10 November 2016
Russia: Government vs. Rights Groups, Human Rights Watch, 7 November 2016
Website of Perm Civic Chamber
Website of Igor Averkiev