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Materials, prepared by the Russian NGOs for the 7th round of EU-Russia consultations on human rights (Ljubljana, April 16, 2008)

Here you will find materials, prepared by the Russian NGOs for the consequent round of consultations on human right between Russia and the European Union, which took place on April 16, 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Such consultations take place twice a year. This mechanism of discussing important aspects of the situation with human rights in Russia and in the EU countries and for cooperation in that sphere on the international level, came to life in 2005. The Russian Federation was represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union by the representatives of the so-called troika: the country-president of the EU at the moment (right now it is Slovenia), the European Commission and the European Council.

Russian non-governmental organizations right from the beginning were striving for more transparency in these inter-governmental consultations and for participation of the civil society. The European Union, approaching the demands of Russian NGOs, has invited them and the representatives of international NGOs to the meeting on April 16,
2008 in Ljubljana, prior to the intergovernmental dialogue, in order to bring out and discuss the points of view of civil organizations on the topics discussed. The official Russian delegation was invited to this meeting with NGOs, but unfortunately has refused to take part in it.

Non-governmental organizations have prepared reports, presenting various aspects of the situation with human rights in Russia.


SOVA Center for Information and Analysis. Aggressive Racism in Russia, Efforts to Counteract It and Misuse of Anti-Extremist Legislation in the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008

Report by Sergey Kovalev

Memorial Human Rights Center. The Situation in the North Caucasus. Autumn 2007 - Spring 2008

Association of NGOs in Defense of Voters Rights GOLOS. FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW AND CITIZENS RIGHTS IN THE COURSE OF 2007 STATE DUMA AND 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Public Verdict Foundation. Crisis of the law-enforcement system in Russia: Formulation of the problem, first steps in reforming and suggestions to international actors

REGIONAL NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION FOR PROTECTION OF CHILDRENS RIGHTS Right of Child. Rights of Children in Russia in the European perspective

Moscow Helsinki Group. International Youth Human Rights Movement. FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY in the Russian Federation in 2007: the contrast between law and practice

Information and Research Center DEMOS. Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: the Russian Federation needs to undertake further steps to secure effective participation in the Convention mechanisms

Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND THE SITUATION OF NGOs IN RUSSIA

Appeal to the EU: Demand Concrete Action to Improve the Situation of Russian Civil Society