Tanya Lokshina: "These lists [of 'undesirable' organizations] have already become an important part of the witch hunt against critics of the government by creating a climate of hostility, fear, and suspicion"

posted 10 Jul 2015, 00:24 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Jul 2015, 00:25 ]
"The law authorizes the prosecutor general to designate “undesirable organizations,” taking into account information received from different sources, such as members of parliament. It is unlikely that all 12 organizations on the senators’ list will be banned at once. The law on “undesirable organizations” appears to be designed for selective use, and its implementation will probably kick off on a smaller scale. Nor is the senators’ list unique. Various, eager members of parliament have drawn up multiple lists of would be “undesirables.” These lists have no legal power, but they do enjoy the very real power to intimidate and incite self-censorship. They have already become an important part of the witch hunt against critics of the government by creating a climate of hostility, fear, and suspicion."

- Tanya Lokshina, Russia Program Director, Human Rights Watch

Source: Tanya Lokshina, 'Dispatches: The Witch Hunt Against "Undesirables" ’, Human Rights Watch, 8 July 2015

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