Letter from the Chairman of the UN Committee against Torture to the Ambassador Extraordinary of the Russian Federation
June 05, 2013 13:27
According to the information received:
UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE
OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Geneva, 28 May 2013
We have the honour to address you in our capacity as Chairperson and R.apporteur on reprisals, on behalf of the Committee against Torture, which is currently in session in Geneva, following the examination of the Russian Federation's fifth periodic, report to the Committee during the 49`11 session, held in Geneva from 29 October to 23 November 2012.
In this connection, we would like to draw the attention of Your Excellency's Goveniment to information received regarding the charges brought by the Moscow City Prosecutor's Office against the Foundation for Assistance in the Protection of Citizen's Rights and Freedoms "Public Verdict" in relation to the information submitted to the Committee at its 49th session, in accordance with the Committee's Rules of Procedure.
On 8 May 2013, the Moscow City Prosecutor's Office submitted Citation No. 27-29-2013 to the non-governmental organization (NGO) Foundation for Assistance in the Protection of Citizen's Rights and Freedoms "Public Verdict", initiating an administrative case in.relation to alleged violations of Federal Law of 12 January 1996 No. 7-FZ on Non-profit Organizations and Article 7 of the Federal Law of 29 December 1994 No. 77-FZ on the Legal Deposit Copy. The publication of the report submitted by this organization to the Committee, and posted on the Committee's website, was cited among the bases for the charges.
We are concerned that, in accordance with the information received, the actions undertaken against the Foundation for Assistance in the Protection of Citizen's Rights and Freedoms "Public Verdict", may relate to the activities of this organization in providing information, to the Committee against Torture.
His Excellency Mr. Alexey BORODAVKIN Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation".