European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the criminal charges brought against Russian human rights defender Valentina Cherevatenko

Bruxelles, 29/06/2016 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 160629_03
Statements by the Spokesperson

The criminal charges brought against activist Valentina Cherevatenko, a leader in the NGO "Union of Women of Don", represent the first criminal case opened under the "foreign agents" law in Russia.

The practice of declaring NGOs as "foreign agents" cripples civil society and restricts the exercise of fundamental freedoms.

This case is all the more deplorable since Ms Cherevatenko's outstanding work on human rights education, peace building, and humanitarian issues is well-known and widely appreciated.