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Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights reiterates his call to bring Russian NGO legislation in line with European standards

09/07/2015 Strasbourg
Read the opinion “Russian NGO legislation falls short of European standards and must be revised to allow human rights defenders and NGOs in Russia to work in an environment conducive to performing their essential role in society,” said today Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, making public an updated Opinion on the legislation of the Russian Federation on...
Report on mission to Kyiv, Moscow and Crimea

In Crimea serious human rights violations and attacks on minorities and journalists require urgent action

27/10/2014 Strasbourg
Report “All cases of serious human rights violations that have occurred in Crimea[1] since February 2014, including the recent cases of abductions, must be effectively investigated and those responsible held accountable. Urgent steps must also be taken to ensure minority rights and security, as well as media freedom and journalists’ safety” stated today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe...
Mission to Kyiv, Moscow and Simferopol

Human rights abuses in Crimea need to be addressed

12/09/2014 Strasbourg
“Cases of serious human rights violations, including killings, enforced disappearances, severe physical ill-treatment and arbitrary detention in Crimea[1] since March 2014 have to be addressed" said Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a mission to Kyiv, Moscow and Simferopol from 7 to 12 September 2014. Some of the allegations implicate the...
Report on visit to the Russian Federation (2013)

Russia must strengthen the independence and the impartiality of the judiciary

12/11/2013 Strasbourg
"Substantial reforms should continue in order to remedy the systemic deficiencies in the administration of justice and strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary in the Russian Federation", said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, releasing a report on his visit to the Russian Federation carried out from 3 to 12 April 2013. The Commissioner...
Opinion on the legislation of the Russian Federation

Russia: legislation and practice on NGOs should be revised

15/07/2013 Strasbourg
"The legislation regulating NGOs activities in Russia is complex and the excessive discretion in applying it may impede the legitimate exercise of two fundamental human rights, such as freedom of expression and association. Law and practice should be simplified and brought in line with the applicable international standards" said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human...

Russia: reforms should strengthen human rights in the justice system

[11/04/ 2013 12:00] "The Russian authorities have started to address several structural shortcomings in the justice system identified by the European Court of Human Rights. However, much remains to be done to ensure access to justice, remedy serious human rights violations and prevent the flow of repetitive applications before the Court," said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,...

Letter to the Russian authorities

09/09/2011 - Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to the Russian authorities

Impunity and insecurity undermine human rights protection in the North Caucasus

[06/09/11 09:30] "The situation in the North Caucasus continues to present major challenges for the protection of human rights. The efforts made to improve the quality of life of the people living in the region should continue, but greater determination is needed to put an end to serious human rights violations, such as abductions, disappearances and ill-treatment of detained persons", said the...

Report on visit to the Russian Federation

06/09/2011 - Report by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, following his visit to the Russian Federation (12-21 May 2011) - Issues reviewed: Human rights situation in the North Caucasus Federal District (Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia-Alania, the Chechen Republic and Ingushetia)

Time to make justice on the murder of Natalia Estemirova

[13/07/11 09:30] Two years have passed since the human rights defender Natalia Estemirova was murdered. She was abducted on 15 July 2009 near her house in Grozny, Chechnya, pushed into a car by four assailants and driven away. Some hours later her body was found in a forest in Ingushetia. She had been shot in the head and chest. Natalia Estemirova had been a leading member of the human rights...
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