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Draft Law on Foreign Undesirable Organisations vs Russia’s Obligations under International Law

In case of adoption, the Draft Law on Foreign "Undesirable" Organizations creates preconditions for fundamental human rights violations. No mandatory judicial review is required to include an organization in the special roster although such inclusion leads to serious administrative and criminal liabilities for those who continue to participate in activity of the "undesirable" organization.

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The execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the effectiveness of the investigation into torture and cruel treatment committed by the police

1. The present memorandum has been prepared by a group of Russian human rights NGOs providing legal support to the victims of torture and other human rights violations committed by law-enforcement officers. Authors of the present memorandum are Krasnoyarsk Committee for Human Rights Protection, Memorial Human Rights Commission of Komi Republic, Interregional Public Organization "Committee against Torture" (Nizhni Novgorod), Regional Public Organization "Women of the Don Union" (Rostov on Don), Regional Public Organization "Man and Law" (Yoshkar Ola), Public Verdict Foundation (Moscow), Center of Civic Education and Human Rights (Perm).

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Law-enforcement bodies VS. Civil society

At the moment the struggle for political stability and state integrity in the Russian Federation is turning into the fight against dissidence, any signs of public political activity and the civil society as it is.
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Situation in the Russian law-enforcement system and its influence on human rights observance.

This analytical report has been prepared by the Public Verdict Foundation and the “Demos” Center for Information and Research on Public Interest issues (the “Demos” Center). To prepare the report we used information about violations of human rights committed by law-enforcement officers received by the Public Verdict Foundation from its partner organizations. Additionally, this report incorporates materials of sociological studies commissioned by the Public Verdict Foundation. The report is also based on materials of the research effort “Arbitrariness in Law-enforcement: Roots and Practices” that has been conducted by the “Demos” Center and its expert network in 10 regions of the Russian Federation with the support of the Ford Foundation

Drafters of the report: Asmik Novikova and Olga Shepeleva (“Demos” Center)
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A Review of human rights violations by law enforcement officials in Russia.

The Public Verdict Foundation, an organization committed to creating an atmosphere of public intolerance to abusive practices by law enforcement agents in Russia and to establishing public control over law enforcement, has reviewed and analyzed data provided by human rights organizations regarding human rights abuse by law enforcement officials. (This review was prepared by the Public Verdict Foundation. It is based on human rights abuse cases referred to us by our partner NGOs - Nizhni Novgorod Committee against Torture, Kazan Human Rights Center, Individual and Law in Yoshkar-Ola, and Krasnokamsk Human Rights Center.) More >