Human Rights Organizations Set Up Joint Co-ordinating Centre

posted 12 Dec 2011, 04:36 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Dec 2011, 04:38 ]
Source: (info), 09/12/11 

· Electoral rights  · Human rights defenders  · Ministry of Internal Affairs  · Moscow city & Moscow region 

Human rights organizations have created a Joint Headquarters to provide legal assistance to citizens taking part in the protests against the falsification of the State Duma elections. 

Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are basic values of a democratic state founded on the rule of law. The role of the state is to ensure appropriate conditions for people to be able to realize their rights. Citizens protesting against the mass falsification of election results have the right to assemble peacefully and to demand that electoral rights be observed. 

Events of recent days would indicate that the authorities are trying to contain civil society within strict formal boundaries, even when protest continues to have a peaceful character. The use of force in such situations, as a rule, is excessive. 

Our task is to help people use their rights and ensure legal support in situations of crude violations. [Read more]