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The Dmitriev Affair - a Rights in Russia event to be held at Pushkin House on 19th December 2017 at 19:30

posted 5 Dec 2017, 05:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Dec 2017, 05:17 ]



Photo by Simeon Maisterman
Event: The Dmitriev Affair

Where: Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA

When: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM

Tickets: Full price: £7; FOPH, Students, Senior: £5

To book tickets in advance, visit the website of Pushkin House


EHRAC seeking PR and fundraising experts for Advisory Board

posted 23 Oct 2017, 06:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 Oct 2017, 06:35 ]


The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre is inviting applications for two experts to join our UK-based Advisory Board on a voluntary basis. We are specifically seeking Board members with extensive experience in PR and/or Fundraising. The closing date for applications is 19 November 2017.

For more information, please go to the website of the EHRAC

Article 19: Consultancy opportunity

posted 16 Oct 2017, 06:59 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Oct 2017, 07:07 ]




ARTICLE 19 is seeking a consultant to conduct a full evaluation of a two year project, “Promoting and Defending the Right to Information in Russia,” funded by the European Union’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) programme. 

For more information, see the website of Article 19


Deadline for applications is Wednesday 25 October 2017

Natalya Taubina speaks at UCL on "Shrinking space for civil society in Russia: Challenges and new strategies"

posted 8 May 2017, 10:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 May 2017, 10:22 ]

9 May 2017, 06:15 PM - 07:30 PM

Location: Roberts Building G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT, Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE, London


Natalya Taubina is director of the Moscow-based NGO, Public Verdict Foundation

The event is open to all, but to avoid disappointment, please Register.

In the past few years, the Russian Federation has adopted a number of laws significantly restricting fundamental rights and freedoms. Some of these new laws undermine the guarantees of the right to freedom of association—in particular, by introducing concepts such as ‘non-profit organisations performing the functions of a foreign agent’ and ‘undesirable international and foreign non-governmental organisations’. Being branded a ‘foreign agent’ or ‘undesirable organisation’ leads to substantial restrictions or, in certain cases, a total ban on activities, heavy fines, and potential criminal charges. Russian civil society organisations are in a constant struggle for the right to freely operate and continue their important work in the interest of Russian society. Faced with state restrictions, they are elaborating new strategies to ensure the sustainability of their activities. 

About the speaker: Ms. Taubina has been working in the field of human rights since 1992. From the very beginning, she was involved in the work of the Russian Research Center for Human Rights. From 1997 to 2011, she was a director of the Foundation for Civil Society, and since 2004 she has been the director of the Public Verdict Foundation. Her expertise is international human rights standards and mechanisms, human rights in the work of law enforcement bodies, development of civil society organizations, NGO management, and evaluation. Ms. Taubina has been participating in the development and conduct of dozens of research projects and publications on a wide range of human rights issues and on different aspects of NGO activities. She has been invited as an expert by different charitable foundations (Eurasia Foundation, International Fellowship Program of the Ford Foundation, Fulcrum Foundation, Charities Aid Foundation) for elaborating and carrying out analytical surveys, evaluations, and research projects. Ms. Taubina was a member of the Expert Council under the Ombudsman in the Russian Federation in 2004-2016. In 2013, she became a recipient of the Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award. Ms. Taubina is laureate of the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. In 1993 she graduated from Faculty of Cybernetics of the Moscow Physics-Engineering Institute. [Read more]

Anastasia Zotova speaks on human rights in Russia [videos]

posted 24 Apr 2017, 09:41 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Apr 2017, 09:43 ]

Pushkin Club
, Rights in Russia and Index on Censorship held a joint event at Pushkin House on the evening of Thursday 20 April. This was an
 opportunity to meet someone whose name has been constantly in the news since her husband, Ildar Dadin, was arrested under a new law criminalizing repeated violations of Russia's stringent regulations on public assembly. Ildar Dadin was awarded the 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards in the campaigning section. He is reportedly currently unable to leave Russia. 

Videos of the parts of the event where can be viewed HERE and HERE.

A journalist and human rights defender covering Dadin’s courageous one-man pickets against human rights violations under the Putin regime and the war in Ukraine, Anastasia Zotova married Ildar Dadin in late 2015 after he had already been arrested. She continued to publicise his plight after his imprisonment in a penal colony in Karelia, where he was tortured, and during his subsequent transfer to another prison camp in southern Siberia. Husband and wife have done more than anyone, arguably, to expose conditions in Russia’s large and brutal penitentiary system which today holds dozens more political prisoners. She has been the inspiration behind the website Territory of Torture

The 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, for which Ildar Dadin was been shortlisted, took place at London’s Unicorn Theatre on Wednesday 19 April 2017. During the week, Anastasia Zotova also spoke at a joint event held by Index on Censorship and Doughty Street Chambers on 19 April.

In Conversation with human rights activist Anastasia Zotova

posted 17 Apr 2017, 06:09 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Apr 2017, 00:17 ]

Date: Thursday, 20th April 2017

Time: At 7:30 PM - 9 PM

Location: Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA London, United Kingdom

Admission: The event is free, but booking is necessary. Please email us to confirm your attendance at office@pushkinhouse.org.uk

Tickets: Can be obtained via the Pushkin House website Tickets Available

Pushkin Club, Rights in Russia and Index on Censorship are proud to invite you to this evening in conversation with Anastasia Zotova.

An opportunity to meet someone whose name has been constantly in the news since her husband, Ildar Dadin, was arrested under a new law criminalizing repeated violations of Russia's stringent regulations on public assembly. Ildar Dadin is a finalist of the 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, but is reportedly currently unable to leave Russia. 

A journalist and human rights defender covering Dadin’s courageous one-man pickets against human rights violations under the Putin regime and the war in Ukraine, Anastasia Zotova married Ildar Dadin in late 2015 after he had already been arrested. She continued to publicise his plight after his imprisonment in a penal colony in Karelia, where he was tortured, and during his subsequent transfer to another prison camp in southern Siberia. Husband and wife have done more than anyone, arguably, to expose conditions in Russia’s large and brutal penitentiary system which today holds dozens more political prisoners. She has been the inspiration behind the website Territory of Torture

This is a Pushkin Club event and all are welcome. The event will be held both in English and in Russian with translation.

The 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, for which Ildar Dadin has been shortlisted, will be held at London’s Unicorn Theatre on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

During the week, Anastasia Zotova will also be speaking at a joint event held by Index on Censorship and Doughty Street Chambers on 19 April and at the Henry Jackson Society on 20th April.

Cherevatenko fêted in London

posted 20 Mar 2017, 03:50 by Rights in Russia

20 March 2017

Source: editors (JC)

♦ Women of the Don leader receives Politkovskaya Award ♦

On Saturday, 11 March 2017, a large audience at the Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre in London applauded as Valentina CHEREVATENKO, founder of the Women of the Don NGO, received a special award from Elena Kudimova, Anna Politkovskaya’s sister who lives in London.

The principal winner of the 2016 prize was Jineth Bedoya Lima, a journalist from Colombia.

The organisers of the award, the RAW in WAR charity, decided that in 2016, the tenth anniversary of the first prize award (which went to the late Natalya Estemirova), it would issue two prizes. The second 2016 award should be given, in their view, to another woman from Russia who, like Anna and Natalya, had also done outstanding work in several post-Soviet conflict zones.

For more about Valentina and the Women of the Don, see earlier items in Rights in Russia and the new Wikipedia article about her and her organisation.

Valentina Cherevatenko speaks in London [19:30, Pushkin House, 9 March 2017]

posted 16 Feb 2017, 03:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Feb 2017, 03:40 ]

Pushkin Club, Rights in Russia and RAW in WAR proudly invite you to meet a remarkable human rights veteran – Thursday, 9 March, 7.30 pm

On 11 March, at the “Women of the World” Festival on the Southbank, Valentina CHEREVATENKO will receive the Anna POLITKOVSKAYA Award from RAW in WAR. The prize is awarded annually to an outstanding woman from a conflict zone: past laureates include Malalai JOYA-YOUSAFZAI ( Afghanistan, 2013), Marie COLVIN (USA, 2012) and, in 2007, the late Natalya ESTEMIROVA (Chechnya / Russia, 1955-2009).

The evening event at PUSHKIN HOUSE on Thursday, 9 March 2017, offers a rare chance to meet and talk to Mrs Cherevatenko in a less formal setting. Come and listen to what she has to say about her activities since the early 1990s and the conditions under which the WOMEN OF THE DON have to work today. (The event will be in Russian with interpretation.)


Photo: Valentina CHEREVATENKO

Women of the Don (1993)

VALENTINA CHEREVATENKO is the founding chairwoman of the “Women of the Don”. Established in Novocherkassk (Rostov Region) in the early 1990s, the NGO has worked for more than twenty years in different fields of human rights.

WOMEN OF THE DON” has a special emphasis on the rights of women and focus, in particular, on issues of gender discrimination, violence against women, and peace-building initiatives in conflict zones. In the 1990s and early 2000s the NGO worked in the Caucasus to ease the tensions in the region — Georgia-Abkhazia, Armenia-Azerbaijan and, naturally, in Chechnya — by appealing to the women on both sides of each conflict. More recently the organisation has concentrated on building bridges across the UKRAINE-RUSSIA divide (the town of Novocherkassk and its people have many ties, traditionally, with Ukraine).
“WOMEN OF THE DON” has always provided free legal advice to the public; it promotes dialogue and tolerance; and it pursues a mission to improve mutual understanding and relations between the police and members of society.

In 2014, however, the Russian Justice Ministry designated the “Women of the Don” a “foreign agent” NGO. In February 2016 the Ministry withdrew this denigrating label only to accuse its founding chairperson, a few months later, of offences under the 2012 law. Charged with “malicious evasion” of duties imposed on “NGOs that perform the functions of a foreign agent”, CHEREVATENKO is the first person to face criminal prosecution under the new law in Russia.

In Russia and abroad this decision was greeted with concern and dismay. It has been widely condemned among human rights organisations by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Frontline Defenders. among others.

[For more about Valentina’s current situation in Russian, see HERE]

Pushkin Club ● Rights in Russia ● RAW in WAR
PUSHKIN HOUSE
5A Bloomsbury Square, WCIA 2TA
(nearest Underground station – Holborn)

Opening of the 'Different Wars' Exhibition at St Petersburg Academy for Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education [EU-Russia Civil Society Forum]

posted 15 Feb 2017, 02:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Feb 2017, 06:22 ]

6 February 2017

Source: EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, the St Petersburg Academy for Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education, German-Russian Exchange and the Russian office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation invite you to the Opening of the Exhibition “Different Wars: National School Textbooks on World War II” on February 13, 2017, at 4pm, in the premises of the Pedagogical Museum of the Academy for Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education (Lomonosov St. 11-13, St Petersburg, Russia, 191002).

The exhibition “Different Wars” reveals the differences in the narration and perception of the history of the World War II in modern high school textbooks of the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Russia.

The choice of the subject is evident: WWII remains one of the most painful and conflicting episodes of the European nations’ memories. In Russia, the victory in this war is one of the most important pages in the state’s history. The exhibition examines, compares and contrasts different readings of the war’s history which are proposed by school textbooks. National and thematic story-lines presented here also highlight little-known aspects of the memory of the World War II. Visitors will have an opportunity to flip through pages of textbooks and to learn the methods of history teaching in different European countries.

The exhibition was initiated by the Working Group “Historical Memory and Education” of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in close cooperation with historians, civil society activists, history teachers, and enthusiasts from all the countries involved. The Russian version of the exhibition has already been displayed in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Perm. In the European Union, the exhibition was successfully shown in Prague, Milano and Strasbourg. You can find more detailed information here: eu-russia-csf.org/index.php.

During the Opening in St. Petersburg, the introduction address will be made by Stephan Jolovan, the director of the Academy for Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education, Elena Belokurova, Steering Committee Member of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, and Alicja Wancerz-Gluza, a historian from the centre KARTA (Warsaw) and author of the exhibition. Representatives of General Consulates of Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Lithuania and Poland as well as of the German Heinrich Böll Foundation are invited to participate in the presentation.

The first Exhibition tour will be provided by Robert Latypov, Chairperson of the Perm Regional Branch of the International Memorial Society, a co-author of the exhibition.

The exhibition will run on the Academy premises until 21 April 2017. For individual tours the exhibition is open from 9:30 am to 6 pm on weekdays (Monday - Friday). Seminars for groups (high school and university students, teachers) could be organised by appointment.

Entrance is free.

Contact person: Anna Rapoport, Associate Professor, Department of Culturology Education of St. Petersburg Academy for Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education, tel. + 7-921-348-94-94, anna.rapoport@gmail.com

Please take a look at a small selection of publications in the Russian media about the exhibition “Different Wars”


The presentation in Moscow - https://tvrain.ru/teleshow/rossija_eto_evropa/interpretatsija_vojny-406483/

The presentation in Yekaterinburg - yeltsin.ru/event/raznye-voyny-odna-pobeda/

The presentation in Perm - https://www.newsko.ru/articles/nk-3241380.html

The presentation in Novosibirsk - tayga.info/photo/2016/10/20/%7E130561&nbsp/

Source: 
'Opening of the "Different Wars" Exhibition at the St. Petersburg Academy for Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education,' EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, 6 February 2017

See also:
'Разные войны,' RFE/RL, 14 February 2017
Анна Плотникова, 'Возможна ли совместная историческая память о Второй мировой войне?' Voice of America, 14 February 2017

Event: BEARR Trust Annual Conference, 11 November 2016 (London)

posted 2 Nov 2016, 23:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Nov 2016, 23:05 ]

The BEARR Trust 25th Anniversary Conference, 11 November 2016

“25 Years On: the development of health and welfare NGOs in the BEARR region”

For our anniversary conference we shall be looking at what has changed in the context of NGO work in the last 25 years in the countries of our region, and how NGOs have managed to adapt (or not in some cases) to meet the new challenges and opportunities. We will also look at prospects for the next few years in these rapidly-changing times.

We have sought to invite colleagues who have worked with us over a long period – as partners, grant recipients, conference speakers and in other activities. We are delighted that so many old friends are able to join us, and look forward to introducing them to colleagues in the UK and elsewhere.

If you would like to attend, please complete the booking form here.

When and where: 11 November 2016, at CAN-Mezzanine, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH

Programme (a printable version can be downloaded here)

9.00 Registration and coffee
9.30 Welcome and Introduction Robert Brinkley, Chairman of The BEARR Trust
9.45 Overviews
Chair: Robert Brinkley
Dr Eleanor Bindman, Post-doctoral Fellow, Queen Mary University of London
Elena Topoleva, Director, Agency for Social Information (ASI), Moscow
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Staying the course: evolution and survival
Chair: Michael Rasell, BEARR Trustee
Anna Garchakova, Belarusian Children’s Hospice, Minsk
Arkady Tyurin, Director, ‘Put Domoi’ (The Road Home), St Petersburg
12.30 Buffet lunch
13.45 Embracing change: new directions, new mechanisms
Chair: Marcia Levy, BEARR Trustee
Anna Bitova. Centre for Curative Pedagogics, Moscow
Nino Dvalidze, Vice-Rector of Ilia State University, Tbilisi; Director of its Child Development Unit
14.45 Tea
15.15 New directions: technology, format and funding
Chair: Robert Scallon, BEARR Trustee
Charles Buxton, INTRAC, Bishkek
Yaroslav Minkin, STAN, Ukraine
16.15 Concluding session:
Chair: Nicola Ramsden, BEARR Trustee
16.30 Close and networking reception

Participants are invited to stay after the conference to enjoy a glass of wine and further opportunities for networking.

* in the countries BEARR deals with: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus. Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan.

For details of the speakers at the conference, click here.

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