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Recommendation adopted by the Standing Committee on behalf of the Conference of INGOs on 30 September 2013
CONF/PLE(2013)REC5

The Opinion of the Expert Council on NGO Law on "The law introducing amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation regarding the regulation of activities of non-commercial organisations performing the functions of foreign agents"

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

Welcomes the opinion of the Expert Council on NGO Law on "The law introducing amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation regarding the regulation of activities of non-commercial organisations performing the functions of foreign agents";

Takes note that the authorities of the Russian Federation were invited to transmit any factual corrections they might deem necessary;

Takes note with concern of a significant number of problems identified by the Expert Council on NGO Law in regard to the defined law and its application;

Endorses the conclusions of the opinion of the Expert Council on NGO Law on the defined law and its application, and in particular paragraphs 113-120:

Recommends in consequence that the national authorities of the Russian Federation take appropriate steps to amend the relevant legislation and ensure that its application conforms to international and European law and standards;

Decides to pursue dialogue with the authorities of the Russian Federation and to cooperate in the process of amending the law in question and in modifying its application.

Consequently requests the Expert Council on NGO Law to continue following developments on the above issues and to provide relevant advice.

Invites the Expert Council on NGO Law to pursue regular contacts with Civil Society in the Russian Federation, supporting civil Society organisations in their quest and aspiration to achieve the implementation in their country of the highest international and European standards that underpin the achievement of an enabling environment for civil society;

In this context endorses the view in the introduction to the opinion that peaceful "political activities" are perfectly honourable and democratic, contributing to the formation of informed citizens and manifesting their freedom of assembly and of expression, in conformity with international and European standards;

Requests the Expert Council on NGO Law to cooperate with the Commissioner for Human Rights and with the European Commission on Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) in their parallel consideration of relevant legislation in the Russian Federation; and further encourages intensified exchanges between the Expert Council and these other organs of the Council of Europe.