Sergei Nikitin: "This law is another sobering sign of how the Russian authorities are quickly closing in on fundamental freedoms and the work of independent civil society groups in the country”

posted 20 Jan 2015, 22:48 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Jan 2015, 22:51 ]
“This law is another sobering sign of how the Russian authorities are quickly closing in on fundamental freedoms and the work of independent civil society groups in the country. We’ve seen time and again how ideas which threaten fundamental freedoms get railroaded through the Duma and make their way into draconian laws that snatch away the space for dissenting views and independent civil society activism. Sadly, these freedoms can no longer be taken for granted in Russia. Given the Russian authorities’ recent track record, there is every reason to expect that this law will be adopted and applied to clamp down on international civil society and undermine the independence and freedom of action of national human rights groups carrying out critical work in Russia.”

- Sergei Nikitin, Amnesty International’s Moscow Office Director commenting on the passing by the State Duma in first reading of a bill to ban “undesirable foreign organizations”

Source: 'Russia: Law on "undesirable organizations" will further tighten the noose on dissent,' Amnesty International, 20 January 2015

 

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