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Amnesty International alarmed at the situation with human rights in Russia

May 24, 2012, 13:27 UTC+3

It is evident now that the unrest of people will not disappear

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MOSCOW, May 24 (Itar-Tass World Service)

A leading human rights organisation, Amnesty International, released a yearly report on the situation with human rights in the world. Human rights experts stress permanent growth of rallies in Russia and believe the government does not realise as yet how to react to them correctly and limits freedom of assembly and arrests activists.

It is evident now that the unrest of people will not disappear, the Kommersant quotes John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Programme Director, as saying. Following the inauguration of Vladimir Putin, he said, the Russian power got a chance of applying all efforts to observing human rights in the county; however, it does not do so. For example, the Russian Federation still violates the right for assembly. The organisation reports that following the parliamentary elections of December 4, over one thousand participants in rallies were detained across the country, and about a hundred of them were sentenced to administrative arrests.

Despite the elimination of criminal responsibility for slander, the situation with freedom for speech, the newspapers writes. the report reads “the power has been changing voluntarily the law on fighting extremism in order to press their critics.” Journalists still experience threats and attacks for their articles, the organisation claims. Still undetected are the murder on December 15, 2011 of Dagestan’s editor of the Chernovik weekly Khashimurad Kamalov and the violent attack on Oleg Kashin, a reporter at the Kommersant, which was committed in November of 2010.

Amnesty International says the Russian Federation failed to have a full-fledged reform of the police. After the adoption of the law on the police, “there were frequent reports of torture and other ill-treatment,” the report reads. However, the human rights experts continue, positive was organisation at the investigative committee of a special division, which would be involved in probes into cases involving the police staff.

It is very complicated to name at least one ex- Soviet Union country, which managed to follow expectations of its nation it had 20 years earlier, the Novye Izvestia reports Dalhuisen as saying. All those countries have a sad picture of suppression of those disagreeing and of a lack of really representative power. Perhaps, only the Baltic States may demonstrate an example of a positive attitude towards human right, though event in those countries there are groups of people which are not happy with the present situation.

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