Human Rights

EU condemns closure of human rights bodies in Russia

BRUSSELS, The European Union on Thursday condemned the Russian government’s decision to dissolve the Moscow-based “For Human Rights” movement – 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,” spokesperson for EU foreign policy Maja Kocijancic said. “It is vital to create the proper conditions of state support for NGOs and to foster an open and inclusive environment for their growth,” she stressed, in a statement tonight.

Kocijancic added that the fundamental right to freedom of association is enshrined in the Russian constitution and is part of the Russia’s international obligations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency