Civil society suffocating under Putin’s rule

Over the past several years, Russia has adopted a series of laws that has impeded the work of NGO’s and severely worsened the overall human rights climate in the country. Freedoms of expression, assembly and association are constantly under threat and the increasing discrimination and aggression towards ethnic minorities, migrants, and the LGBT community is a real and serious on-going problem. Racism, homophobia and xenophobia are widespread among ordinary people and instigated in most cases by the Russian state.

St. Petersburg has adopted a law that prohibits ‘propaganda of homosexuality’ and on the federal level there is a law prohibiting the teaching of what the state sees as ‘propaganda regarding non-traditional sexual relationships’ to minors. Migrants have been unlawfully held in detention centres in Moscow. The list is long and these negative developments have fed right wing extremists who are becoming more and more a dangerous threat to minorities. Lately there has been a wave of anti-migrant rallies all over Russia, including the major urban centres. .

Svetlana Gannushkina is a mathematician and human rights activist. In 1990, she was one of the founders of the Human Rights Centre, Memorial and the group, Citizen’s Assistance (Grazhdanskoe Sodeistvie), a human rights organisation with a special focus on immigrants and refugees. In 2013, she was awarded the Stieg Larsson Prize for her persistent and courageous work for human rights in Russia.
You can hear her speak about the possibilities of working for human rights, and more specifically issues around the protection of the rights of minority groups, in a country where the most severe critics are murdered, silenced or forced to flee the country.

The seminar will be held in Russian with English translation and moderated by Cecilia Rosing, Programme Officer at Civil Rights Defenders.

Time: Friday 8 November at 9.00 to 10.00
Location: Civil Rights Defenders, Stora Nygatan 26, Stockholm

Sign up here, no later than 6 November!

Our office is situated on the second floor and the building lacks ramps, elevators and handicap-accessible bathrooms. If you have special needs, please contact us and we will find a solution.

View the seminar live or afterwards on our Bambuser channel.

Categories: Uncategorized.
Tags: Freedom of assembly, Freedom of association, Freedom of expression, LGBT, Persecution of civil society, and prop.
Regions: Russia.