Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Russia’s recent rights record is worse that at any time since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Brandishing the NGO’s most recent annual report at a press conference in Moscow, HRW Deputy Director Rachel Denber reserved her harshest words for the period since Putin returned to power.
But she said Russia’s decline started long before that:
“For a decade since the so-called “colour revolutions” in neighbouring countries, the Russian authorities have been attempting to marginalise, demonise, and discredit opposition politicians, human rights activists, civil society organisations,” Denber said.
Putin’s presidential comeback has been marred by a series of opposition protests against policies that many see as detrimental to human rights.
Grievances include the arrest of members of rock group “Pussy Riot” for staging a protest at a Moscow cathedral and a new law prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality.
HRW: The Day After
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1South Korea ferry trial: students tell how they floated to safety
- 2#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians
- 3Israel warns of ‘long-lasting operation’ in Gaza as at least five Israeli soldiers killed
- 4Palestinian children killed by missile strike while at play in Gaza
- 5Israeli launches night time air strikes on Gaza
- 1Fears over spread of Ebola as more tragedies emerge
- 2Muslims around the world get set to celebrate the ending of Ramadan
- 3Japan teenager arrested for beheading classmate
- 4#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians
- 5Russia opens humanitarian corridor for injured Ukrainian troops, Russian state TV claims
- 1#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians
- 2Air Algerie plane ‘crashes’ over Sahara
- 347 dead and 11 injured in TransAsia Airways crash landing
- 4TransAsia Airways plane crashes on landing in Taiwan, killing dozens
- 5Eastern Ukrainians ‘hate Russian-led guerrillas’ — Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Wires > News
- 14:24 CET At least 30 people killed in Libya’s Benghazi in heavy fighting
- 13:41 CET Magnitude 6.3 quake hits Mexico, no major damages or injuries
- 13:37 CET Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine in fierce fighting
- 13:33 CET Islamic State video wages psychological war on Iraqi soldiers
- 12:51 CET Philippines to propose no action to raise tension in sea disputes
- 12:36 CET Special Report – Where Ukraine’s separatists get their weapons
- 11:54 CET China’s war games don’t faze Japan but disrupt civilian air traffic
- 10:54 CET South Africa metals workers start returning to job after four-week…