Nils Muižnieks: "The fine imposed on the Sakharov Center NGO in Russia for refusing to label itself as a “foreign agent” is unacceptable."

posted 2 Oct 2015, 10:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Oct 2015, 11:03 ]
1 October 2015

"The fine imposed yesterday on the Sakharov Center NGO in Russia for refusing to label itself as a “foreign agent” is unacceptable. Similar measures against HRC Memorial and Transparency International confirm our initial fears about possible abuse of the foreign agent law. Imposing such heavy fines is in clear breach of the principle of proportionality and an example of using the current NGO legislation as a repressive tool against human rights defenders. I reiterate my call on the Russian authorities to urgently revise the legislation and bring it in line with European standards."

- Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

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