CIVIL SOCIETY UNDER SIEGE: Violence, Justice and Impunity in Medvedev’s Russia | Freedom House

CIVIL SOCIETY UNDER SIEGE: Violence, Justice and Impunity in Medvedev’s Russia

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

1319 Eighteenth St., NW
Heldref Publications Building
Washington, DC

Civil society in Russia continues to face growing challenges from many fronts amidst a rapidly deteriorating human rights situation. In additional to legal and bureaucratic restrictions, violence against journalists and human rights defenders is on the rise.  The recent murders of Magomed Yevloyev, Stanislav Markelov, and Anastasia Baburova, as well as the attack on Lev Ponomarev, are just the latest examples of an ever growing atmosphere of violence and impunity. The justice sector, plagued by pressure from the Kremlin, corruption, and a lack of professionalism, has so far proven unwilling or unable to find or prosecute perpetrators of the violence.  Which role can civil society play to propose a positive agenda for changes?  

Join us for a discussion with some of Russia’s leading human rights defenders on the challenges they face and how they are adapting their strategies to continue the defense of human rights in today’s Russia.

Lyudmila Alekseyeva, a veteran of the Soviet dissident movement and chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group, the oldest human rights organization in Russia, will discuss the rise of violence against journalists and human rights defenders, attack on freedom of expression and current challenges for civil society in Russia.
 
Andrey Yurov and Dmitry Makarov of the Youth Human Rights Movement will share their views on youth activism in Russia’s political life.

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