Keep Hope Alive: uphold human rights in Russia!
Civil society organisations ask world leaders to challenge Russia about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country ahead of the G20 meeting that will take place in St. Petersburg on 5-6 September.
Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012. Since his return, the Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on the fundamental right to freedom of expression and against civil society. Human rights defenders that protect the rights of minority groups have been particularly targeted.
A raft of discriminatory and regressive laws has been passed that restrict civil society organisations, threatening their very existence. These laws include widening the definition of treason; requiring civil society groups that receive overseas funding to register as a ‘foreign agents’; and banning ‘homosexual propaganda.’ Legal restrictions have been accompanied by the harassment and intimidation of civil society groups and human rights defenders, who have been cast as ‘enemies’ of the state and its ‘traditional values’.
State policies are fuelling violence and discrimination against the most vulnerable minority groups in Russia, including migrant workers, ethnic and religious minorities and LGBTI people.
The human rights situation in Russia has been criticised by virtually all major international organisations.
The ‘Keep Hope Alive’ campaign calls on world leaders to speak up at the G20 and urge Russia to comply with its obligations under international law to protect basic human rights, including the right to freedom of expression.
'Keep Hope Alive' is supported by:
Civil Rights Defenders
Front Line Defenders
ILGA-Europe - The European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
Russian LGBT Network
UNITED for Intercultural Action - European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees