John Dalhuisen: “The Russian authorities’ determination to decimate independent civil society organizations remains steadfast”

posted 22 Jul 2014, 01:23 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Jul 2014, 01:31 ]
“The Russian authorities’ determination to decimate independent civil society organizations remains steadfast. This blow has been a long-time coming – but it still hits hard. The five NGOs now being branded as foreign agents include some of the biggest and most influential in the country. The question Russians should be asking themselves is: who will protect their rights when they are gone?”
- John Dalhuisen, Director for the Europe and Central Asia Programme at Amnesty International.

Source: "Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ ", Amnesty International, 21 July 2014

On 21 July 2014 Amnesty International reported: "The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as 'foreign agents', a further sign of the authorities’ growing stranglehold on freedom of expression. Human rights groups Public Verdict, Memorial, Lawyers for Constitutional Rights and Freedoms (Jurix) and Agora, and environmental group Women’s Council (Ekozazchita! – Zhensovet) have been registered as 'foreign agent NGOs' by the Ministry of Justice for supposedly conducting 'political activities' while receiving some foreign funding."
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