In Washington, presented the annual report
The US state Department on Friday presented the annual report assessing the situation with human rights in the world.
“Adopted in 2017 of the national security Strategy of the United States emphasizes that the weak and the corruption of power is a threat to global stability and interests of the United States, said, in introducing the report, the acting Secretary of state John Sullivan. – Some governments are not able to maintain security and provide basic needs for their citizens, others just don’t want to do.
The governments of China, Russia, Iran and North Korea… daily violate the rights of people living on their territory, which, in result, leads to instability”.
The situation in the Russian Federation in the report devoted to exactly 64 pages. Analysts of the state Department noted that one of the main factors influencing the situation with human rights, is “occupation and annexation belonging to the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine”, as well as the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, where Russia “continues to arm, train, and manage” the units of the separatists.
The report cites dozens of examples of extrajudicial killings, including the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya, abductions and torture, forced detention in a psychiatric clinic.
The authors of the study, referring to the Movement “memorial”, saying that in the present rossiyskx jails 117 political prisoners. Among them – participants of the opposition protests and demonstrations, human rights activists. 70 people were in prison because of religious observance.
Last year the “memorial” was included in the list of political prisoners, several new names, including the name of the 77-year-old engineer Vladimir lapagina, sentenced to 7 years imprisonment on charges of selling classified materials to China. According to the opinion of his colleagues, a computer program transmitted by Epigynum do not contain state secrets and are in the public domain.
Continue and disappearances in the North Caucasus. According to official data of the authorities of the Russian Federation, in 2011 the region had disappeared, more than 2,000 people. According to local activists, the majority of these disappearances associated with the actions of the state security forces and kidnappings, and the number of missing could reach 20 000.
As examples of selective application of justice refers to criminal proceedings instituted against the Director Kirill Serebryannikov, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, journalist of “Novaya Gazeta” Ali Feruz, and others.
State Department analysts also mention the attempts of the authorities to suppress mass demonstrations of dissent. Only on 26 March, for example, during anti-corruption protests in Moscow, organized by Alexei Navalny, was arrested more than 1,000 people.
Another sign of the toughening policies against dissidents was the extension of the list of “undesirable organizations” and “foreign agents.” Last year these lists were included 16 new organizations in Russia, including 9 media.
Due to the pressure of the authorities, 30 organizations, which were previously recognized as “foreign agents” in 2017 were forced to stop their work.
In the same year in the list of “undesirable” included such organizations as the associated with Mikhail Khodorkovsky “Open Russia”, “social movement Open Russia”, “Institute of contemporary Russia”, and the black sea Association for regional cooperation.