Rachel Denber: "The government’s latest moves against independent groups and freedom of expression are shockingly out of line with Russia’s international human rights obligations and its commitments as a Council of Europe member"

posted 27 Jan 2015, 00:27 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Jan 2015, 00:31 ]
“Russia’s authorities seem determined to stigmatize and silence dissent, until there is no one left to speak out. Instead of targeting independent groups, the government should be listening to what they have to say. Singling out speech that criticizes government policies or actions belies the authorities’ claims that the ‘foreign agent’ law was about transparency. What is transparent is that the government increasingly considers most criticism a security threat. The government’s latest moves against independent groups and freedom of expression are shockingly out of line with Russia’s international human rights obligations and its commitments as a Council of Europe member. The government should immediately drop the ‘foreign agent’ law and stop harassing independent groups.”

- Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch

Source: 'Russia: New Assault on Independent Groups', Human Rights Watch, 26 January 2015


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