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Rights Group of the Week: Russian Research Centre for Human Rights

posted 25 Oct 2015, 13:37 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Oct 2015, 13:48 ]
On 20 October 2015 the Ministry of Justice added the human rights organisation the Russian Research Centre for Human Rights (Мoscow) to the list of non-profit organisations that are ‘carrying out the duties of foreign agents.’ The Ministry of Justice justified its decision on the basis that the Centre was allegedly involved in ‘political activity’ in the form of ‘holding public events’ and in the ‘shaping of public opinion’. 

The Russian Research Centre for Human Rights (Мoscow) was founded in 1992 by a group of well-known human rights activists who had been fighting for freedom in the Soviet Union since the 1960s. The Centre works to cultivate and develop various forms of civilian oversight to ensure the observation of human rights in closed institutions such as in psychiatric hospitals, military bases, places of detention and children’s homes. The Centre hosts ten different organisations, namely Human Rights Network GroupIndependent Psychiatric Association of RussiaMoscow Center for Prison ReformMoscow Helsinki GroupMother's Right FoundationNon-violence InternationalRight of the Child, Right to Live and Have Civil DignitySocial Partnership FoundationUnion of the Committees of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia.

Софья Адамова, 'Российский исследовательский центр по правам человека попал в список иностранных агентов,', The Insider, 20 October 2015
"Российский исследовательский центр по правам человека" признан иноагентом,' Интерфакс, 20 October 2015
'Russian Research Centre for Human Rights designated as "foreign agent",' HRO.org, 22 October 2015