Anastasia Kovalevskaya [Amnesty International]: "We reiterate our call on the Russian authorities to drop all restrictive policies on public gatherings and to stop treating freedom of assembly as a privilege they can either give or deny to the Russian people"

posted 28 Jun 2018, 12:37 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Jun 2018, 21:39 ]


"This long-awaited resolution will hopefully provide some much-needed protections to peaceful protesters in Russia – especially the provisions aimed at reducing their arrests and administrative detentions. Over the past year and a half we have documented numerous cases where people were denied their basic right to gather peacefully. However, this resolution will mean nothing unless it is effectively implemented. And it’s only a half-measure, as comprehensive and meticulous work is needed to bring Russian legislation on public gatherings into compliance with international human rights law and standards. We reiterate our call on the Russian authorities to drop all restrictive policies on public gatherings and to stop treating freedom of assembly as a privilege they can either give or deny to the Russian people.”

    - Anastasia Kovalevskaya, Amnesty International’s Russia Researcher, responding to the resolution by the Plenum of the Russian Supreme Court to provide guidance to lower courts hearing cases related to public assemblies

Source: 'Russia: Supreme Court Plenum resolution is glimmer of hope for the right to protest,' Amnesty International, 27 June 2018

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