Human rights activists send expert report on draft regulations about NGOs acting as ‘foreign agents’ to Justice Ministry

posted 17 Nov 2012, 08:23 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Nov 2012, 08:23 ]
15 November 2012 

Source: (info)

· Freedom of association 

The Russian Ministry of Justice draft regulations, “On the Procedure for Maintaining a Register of Non-Profit Organisations Acting as Foreign Agents,” highlight certain factors likely to encourage corruption. The Ministry, clearly overstepping the bounds of the law, has appropriated powers for itself and introduced additional restrictive measures for NGOs that are not covered by the legislation. These are the findings contained in an independent anti-corruption expert analysis conducted by the Interregional Human Rights Association Agora. Agora is accredited as an independent expert and has been authorised by the Russian Ministry of Justice to conduct expert analyses to uncover potential factors likely to lead to corruption (Licence No. 77 of the 16 June 2009). [Read more]