Statement by the spokesperson of the EEAS on the inclusion of the Sakharov centre in the "Foreign Agents Registry" of the Russian Federation
Statement by the spokesperson on the inclusion of the Sakharov centre in the "Foreign Agents Registry" of the Russian Federation
Moscow, 29 December 2014
The spokesperson of the European External Action Service made the following statement on 28 December :
"The latest decision by the Russian Ministry of Justice on 25 December to forcibly include the Sakharov centre as well as two other regional NGOs in the so called "foreign agents" registry confirms continued pressure on Russian civil society and human rights organisations. With this latest decision, the number of Russian NGO’s labelled as ’Foreign agents’ has increased to a total of twenty-four.
These developments affect the state of fundamental freedoms of association and expression in Russia. We expect that the Russian government will suspend the practice of branding Russian NGOs as "foreign agents", comply with its international obligations and apply the international legal standards."