Memorial Anti-Discrimination Centre asks UN experts to testify in 'foreign agent' court case

posted 9 May 2013, 05:36 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 May 2013, 05:36 ]
7 May 2013

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Agora Human Rights Association reports that on 7 May Memorial Anti-Discrimination Centre contacted the UN Committee Against Torture to request that the Committee's experts testify as witnesses for the defence in the case concerning the labelling of the human rights organisation as a "foreign agent." Memorial Anti-Discrimination Centre, which defends the rights of victims of discrimination, is the third NGO in Russia to have an administrative case brought against it for refusing to register as a foreign agent (Article 19.34 of the Administrative Procedure Code of the Russian Federation). The alleged political activity marking the organisation as “fulfilling the role of a foreign agent” was a human rights report which it delivered to the UN Committee Against Torture before the "foreign agent" law came into force. The report centred on the abuse suffered by Roma, migrants and civic activists at the hands of the authorities, and was specially prepared for the 49th session of the UN Committee Against Torture which took place in Geneva on 8-13 November 2012. [Read more]