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22.01.2015
On 16 January 2015 late in the evening the website of the Ministry of Justice published a statement that the NGO Committee Against Torture had been added to the register of non-profit organizations designated as ‘foreign agents’.
22.05.2014
Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director at Human Rights Watch and Honorary Participant of International Youth Human Rights Movement: As the crisis in Ukraine escalated this spring, the Kremlin’s vicious crackdown on civil society also escalated. Space for independent civic activity in Russia is shrinking dramatically, but international policymakers and the media have been understandably too distracted to do much about it. Since early spring, it seems as though every week brings a new pernicious law or legislative proposal.
28.11.2013
Earlier this year, the correspondent of Youth Human Rights Movement from Germany Jakob Stürmann interviewed Konstantin Baranov, member of the Coordination Council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement. They discussed so called “law against homosexual propaganda” and the overall situation of LGBT in Russia.  

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24.05.2016
Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko, Hennadiy Afanasiev and Oleksiy Chyrniy have been held in Russian jails for two years already under fabricated charges of ‘terrorism’. We consider it being necessary to express solidarity with those who are persecuted due to their pro-Ukrainian views, civic stand and desire for freedom in Russia-annexed Crimea.
07.02.2015
Helsinki Committee of Armenia has published “Human Rights in Armenia 2014” Annual Report. The report reflects on the Right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Political Persecutions, Freedom of Conscience and Religion, The Rights of the Child, Protection of Labor Rights.
03.02.2015
«We have a few questions for you,» a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.

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Russian human rights defenders present a new report on the state of the Internet in Russia today: Threats to Internet freedom in Russia, 2008-2011

22.06.2011

Russian human rights defenders have identified 111 incidents of restricted access to the Internet and persecution of Internet users in the period January 2008 – May 2011. While for the whole of 2008 only 12 incidents were recorded, for the first five months of 2011 there have already been 23. For more information and a link to the report (in Russian and English versions) see below.
                                                                                       
Russian human rights defenders present a new report on the state of the Internet in Russia today: Threats to Internet freedom in Russia, 2008-2011

22 June, 2011

Russian human rights defenders have identified 111 incidents of restricted access to the Internet and persecution of Internet users in the period January 2008 – May 2011. While for the whole of 2008 only 12 incidents were recorded, in the first five months of 2011 there have already been 23. The Internet in Russia is under serious threat, and intentional limitation of access to the global network is considered to be an assault on fundamental human rights. These points are made in a new report by the Agora Human Rights Association published today, entitled Threats to Internet freedom in Russia, 2008-2011. The report marks the beginning of a new endeavour by Agora to monitor Internet freedom in Russia, which will be accompanied by publication of regular reports.

- RuNet activists have been killed and assaulted. There have been attempts to limit freedom of the Internet through legislation. More typical threats are the criminal prosecution of bloggers (for defamation, offensive language or extremism), civil suits for libel (mostly brought by officials), and cautions and warnings issued by prosecutors. The targets of these practices are Internet forums, social networks, Live Journal and Twitter. Owners of websites faced the closure of their websites and cyber attacks, which the police do nothing to investigate; they are cautioned by the Federal Oversight Agency for Telecommunications, Information, Technology and Mass Communications; and suffer limitations on access to their sites, imposed by the providers. The overall freedom of RuNet has repeatedly been the target of criticism by the Federal authorities, from the leadership of the FSB to deputies of the State Duma.

- Agora has identified 22 legislative initiatives, proposals and actions designed in one way or another to regulate access to information on the Internet, and 65 incidents in which Internet activists have been harassed and persecuted. Among incidents recorded by Agora are the murder of two owners of the Ingushetiya.ru website, three assaults on bloggers and journalists, 22 criminal prosecutions, 25 defamation lawsuits, 14 cyber attacks, nine instances of restricted access to the Internet or to particular websites, and also official warnings and cautions issued by prosecutors and other bodies.

The report Threats to Internet freedom in Russia, 2008-2011 can be read in English here:

http://www.openinform.ru/fs/j_photos/openinform_314.pdf

The Russian version can be read here:

http://www.openinform.ru/fs/j_photos/openinform_313.pdf

Press Department, Agora Human Rights Association

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Source: http://agora.rightsinrussia.info/press-releases/220611report