Russian authorities should be brought into line with international standards, legislation regulating public events. This is stated in the Memorandum published on the website of the Council of Europe on behalf of the United Nations high Commissioner for human rights Nils muižnieks.
According to him, the legal framework that defines the rules of conduct of meetings in Russia, was recently tightened considerably. This is what led to the rejection of many applications for holding public events and increase the number of arrests of their members, said Muiznieks.
The Commissioner also pointed out that this approach, including the “unauthorized” actions with a small number of participants and single pickets, “contrary to Russia’s obligations under the European Convention on human rights and weakens the right to freedom of Assembly, as enshrined in the Constitution of Russia”.
In the Council of Europe stressed that restrictions on freedom of Assembly in Russia has affected the ability of organizers of mass events to determine their nature and location.
Among the recommendations that Muiznieks gave Russia, in particular, are establishing a presumption in favour of holding public events, the creation of mechanisms and procedures guaranteeing realization of the right to freedom of Assembly, and reducing undue administrative barriers.
Published by the Council of Europe a Memorandum was drawn up taking into account recent judgments from the European court of human rights the information obtained from the statements of the national structures for human rights in the Russian Federation, local authorities, lawyers and human rights defenders, says RAPSI.
Note that the statement of the Council of Europe appeared on the background of how the Nizhniy Novgorod police prevented supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny to equip the platform for the 29 September meeting-a meeting with residents that the municipality considers inconsistent. As a result, two activists were detained.