Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland: "Branding NGOs as ‘foreign agents’ is discriminatory and should belong to the past."

posted 6 Oct 2016, 01:15 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Oct 2016, 01:19 ]
“Today’s decision by the Russian Justice Ministry to include the Moscow-based NGO International Historical and Human Rights Society ‘Memorial’ into the ‘foreign agents registry’ is deeply disappointing. Non-governmental organisations, especially those working in the area of civic education, are indispensable in any genuine democracy. Branding NGOs as ‘foreign agents’ is discriminatory and should belong to the past. I once again call on the Russian authorities to abandon this practice which is detrimental to the development of civil sector in Russia.”

- Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

Photo: Council of Europe

Source:
'Russia’s "foreign agent” list: Inclusion of “International Memorial”. Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland,' Council of Europe, 4 October 2016
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