Brussels, 24/05/2015
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STATEMENT

Statement by the Spokesperson on a new Russian law on "undesirable" non-governmental organisations

The new law on "undesirable" non–governmental organisations enacted by the Russian president on Saturday 23 May is a worrying step in a series of restrictions on civil society, independent media and political opposition.

This law will have a further negative impact on the work of civil society in Russia. It will restrict freedom of speech and media as well as pluralism of opinion, as pointed out by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović on 20 May.

We note the negative opinion of the Russian Presidential Council on Human Rights, as the law also contradicts the Russian constitution.