Brutal eviction of human rights organisation
Civil Rights Defenders condemns the brutal use of force against the organisation ‘’For Human Rights’’ and its chairman Lev Ponomaryov and employees, during the organisation´s forcible eviction Saturday night.
At about 2 a.m. on June 22 security forces stormed into the organisation´s premises, raiding the office and using physical force to evict Ponomaryov and about half a dozen employees.
The 71-year-old human rights activist told local media he was dragged across the floor and out of the building and kicked by men in civilian clothing while the riot police officers watched.
‘’For Human Rights’’ is one of many NGOs in Russia that has come under pressure since the adoption of a new NGO law in November 2012, requiring nonprofit organisations, which receive foreign funding and engage in “political activity”, to register as ‘’foreign agents.’’
The authorities have said the organisation was evicted because their lease had run out.
Civil Rights Defenders considers this forcible eviction and use of force as a clear violation of human rights and a part of a broader campaign against the Russian civil society. The organisation urges the Russian authorities to stop the systematic intimidation of organisations and individuals working for the advancement of human rights in Russia.
For more information, please call Joanna Kurosz, programme director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at +46 8 545 277 73Categories: Statements.
Tags: Law on foreign agents and Law on NGOs.