Human Rights Council criticises NGO Law for violating Civil Law Code

posted 15 Oct 2014, 11:57 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Oct 2014, 12:01 ]
13 Ocotober 2014

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Russia’s Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights has criticised the NGO Law for violating the Civil Law Code and called for the law to be revised, according a report by RIA Novosti quoting Mikhail Fedotov, Chair of the Council. 

In Fedotov’s words, "The Council believes that wholescale changes must be made to the Law on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), because in its current form it violates the recently amended Civil Law Code.” reported him as stating that this opinion was also shared by the Presidential Commission for the Codification of Civil Law. 

According to Fedotov, the focus should be on socially oriented non-governmental organisations working to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, children, homeless people, pensioners and national minorities. “We should revise the entire law and change its focus from ‘foreign agents’ to socially oriented non-governmental organisations, or in other words those which provide genuine assistance to citizens." 

Translated by Joanne Reynolds