Front Line Defenders: "Front Line Defenders condemns the ongoing judicial harassment of Man and the Law, as it believes that it has been targeted solely as a result of its legitimate work in defence of human rights in Russia"

posted 30 Nov 2016, 12:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Nov 2016, 12:06 ]
"On 21 November 2016, inspectors of the Yoshkar-Ola City Prosecutor’s Office visited Man and the Law's office to conduct an inspection of its organisational documentation, on a Public Prosecutor's order. The inspectors demanded the organisation provide them with documentation relating to the organisation’s financial statements as well as to activities undertaken. The investigation was based on the Federal Law No. 35-FZ on Counteraction of Terrorism (2006). 
This is not the first time that Man and the Law and Sergey Poduzov have faced judicial harassment and intimidation in retaliation to their human rights work. Over the course of the past few months, Man and the Law has been subjected to inspections by the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Response, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Labour Inspection, the State Housing Control Agency, and various city authorities. All the investigations were allegedly initiated on the basis of anonymous citizens’ reports against the organisation. [...] Front Line Defenders condemns the ongoing judicial harassment of Man and the Law, as it believes that it has been targeted solely as a result of its legitimate work in defence of human rights in Russia. Front Line Defenders urges the authorities of the Russian Federation to:
1. Immediately cease all further harassment and targeting of the human rights organisation Man and the Law, and its members;
2. Remove the human rights organisation Man and the Law from the registry of ‘Foreign Agents, and repeal the Federal Law №121-FZ, “On Introducing Changes to Certain Pieces of Legislation of the Russian Federation as Regards Regulation of Activities of Non-Commercial Organisations Performing the Functions of Foreign Agents” since the organisation does not engage in political activities; 3. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Russia are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions."

- Front Line Defenders, 23 November 2016

'Man and the Law investigated under counter-terrorism law,' FrontLine Defenders, 23 November 2016
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