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Joint statement by Russian and international human rights groups in support of Memorial

Russian authorities’ move to shut down Memorial, one of Russia’s oldest and most prominent civil society organizations standing up for human rights, working to commemorate victims of Soviet repression, and providing a platform for free debate and artistic…
On the night before the infamous “foreign agents” law came into force back in 2012, unknown individuals sprayed graffiti reading, “Foreign Agent! ♥ USA” on the buildings hosting the offices of three prominent NGOs in Moscow, including Memorial. 
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On 2 December 2020, Russian immigration authorities revoked the residence permit of our colleague, human rights lawyer and director of Justice Initiative Project, Vanessa Kogan. The revocation was made on the spurious grounds that Kogan “poses a threat to…
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On Friday, June 26, Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court is expected to deliver the verdict in the criminal embezzlement case against Kirill Serebrennikov, a prominent theater director in Russia, and his co-defendants, Sofia Apfelbaum, Alexei…
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Amendment Would Extend Restrictions to Individuals, Including Bloggers

Update: On December 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law, which expands the status of “foreign agents” to private persons. Update: On November 25, the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament endorsed the law, which…
An interior view of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2017.
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Human Rights Watch, together with 9 human rights, media and Internet freedom organisations, calls on Russian President Vladmir Putin, not to sign the so-called “Sovereign Internet Bill” as it will lead to further limitations of already restricted Internet…
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Joint Statement from Bersih 5 International Observers

(Kuala Lumpur, November, 21 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Fortify Rights, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ),…
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Statement prepared by Tanya Lokshina, Russia Program Director at Human Rights Watch for the January 28, 2016 meeting of the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Esteemed Chairperson, Esteemed Members of the Committee, Human Rights Watch has been documenting human rights abuses in Russia’s turbulent North Caucasus region for close to two decades. In recent years, our work in the region has been largely…
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On July 11, the Russian State Duma adopted a bill limiting freedom of information on the Internet. The day before the bill's adoption, Global Network Initiative (GNI), of which Human Rights Watch is a founding member, expressed its concern over this…
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Oral statement at the panel on sporting events

We welcome the convening of this panel discussion on how major sporting events can contribute to human rights. Human Rights Watch has long taken the position that there cannot be successful sporting events, such as the Olympic Games, in an environment…
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Oral statement on the UPR outcome

The government of Kyrgyzstan deserves credit for participating in the Universal Periodic Review in May 2010 despite the difficult political situation after the political violence and change of government in early April. But since that review the country…
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