European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the Human Rights developments in the Russian Federation

Brussels, 07/11/2019 - 19:45, UNIQUE ID: 191107_33
Statements by the Spokesperson

At the request of the Ministry of Justice, courts in the Russian Federation have recently ruled to dissolve the movement For Human Rights, which is one of the oldest human rights organisations in the country, and the Centre of Support for Indigenous Peoples of the North.
These worrying developments go against an independent and active civil society, which is an essential element to every democracy. It is vital to create the proper conditions of state support for NGOs and to foster an open and inclusive environment for their growth.
The European Union stresses that the fundamental right to freedom of association is enshrined in the Russian constitution and is part of the Russian Federation's international obligations.