Mikhail Fedotov asks Council of the Federation to Reject Bills on NGOs, Defamation and Internet Censorship

posted 18 Jul 2012, 13:31 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Jul 2012, 07:05 ]
Source: HRO.org (info), 17/07/12 

· Freedom of speech 

Head of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov, has written to the chair of the Council of the Federation, Valentina Matvienko. Mikhail Fedotov, as follows from the text of the letter, asks her to seek the rejection of the bills on NGOs, defamation and the “blacklisting” of websites. According to Mikhail Fedotov, "the bills in question have been negatively assessed not only by our Council’s experts, but also by the Public Chamber, a number of UN special rapporteurs, and numerous Russian and international NGOs." His letter underlines that the bills establish disproportionate sanctions in cases where the accusations are essentially civil in nature, and also "are in evident contradiction with the underlying sources of Russian law.” [Read more]