They will lead to total control of the state and an increase in the persecution of dissent, the authors of the appeal say.
Russian human rights defenders appealed to the Council of Europe “in connection with new serious threats to Russian civil society and fundamental rights and freedoms” in the country. The reason for the appeal was the adoption of “a whole package of new repressive laws” and the preparation of a number of others. This is reported by RBC with reference to the text of the document.
“The laws adopted at the end of December and the bills proposed for adoption, if they come into force, will lead to a significant increase in total control over Russian society by the state and an increase in persecution for dissent,” the appeal says..
In particular, we are talking about amendments to the law on foreign agents, expanding the circle of people who can be recognized as such, to the law “On meetings”, which significantly complicates the possibility of organizing rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets, on the introduction of criminal punishment for libel (up to five years in prison).
Such initiatives to restrict the constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens and contradict Russia’s international legal obligations, Russian human rights activists believe and call on the Council of Europe “to immediately respond to these new serious threats to human rights, the rule of law and democracy in Russia . “.
The appeal was signed by Director of the Public Verdict Foundation Natalya Taubina, President of the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights Yuri Dzhibladze, Board Member of the Memorial Human Rights Center Oleg Orlov, Chairman of the Civic Assistance Committee Svetlana Gannushkina, Executive Director of the Moscow Helsinki Group Svetlana Astrakhantseva.
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