Despite the decision of the Supreme Court dated August 27, 2015 which explained Decree # 32 of the Ministry of Education and Science “On Statement of Admission for Studying on Educational Programs of Primary General, Basic General and Secondary Education”, schools keep denying foreign children admission citing this very decree.
In the framework of the project ‘Protection of the Rights of Residents of the North Caucasus in Places of Imprisonment’ we are continuing a small cycle of publications about the situation of prisoners from the North Caucasus republics in different regions of Russia. Today we publish the work of Oub Titiev – project coordinator in Chechnya.
On December 5th Nesibeli Ibragimova, citizen of Kazakhstan, escaped from the grocery shop that belongs to Zhansulu Istanbekova. Late in December Nesibeli turned to the Civic Assistance Committee for help. Back in May she was invited to Moscow to work, during the first meeting the shop owner took Nesibeli’s documents. She was held captive in the shop and constantly beaten for 8 months.
School principals from different regions who talked to Civic Assistance complained about being pressured by migration services when it came to admittance or study continuation for children with unsettled migration statuses or no registration (either registration at the place of stay or residence).
In connection with Ildar Dadin’s situation people have once again begun to speak about torture in prisons and other violations of prisoner’s rights. We are involved with this conversation in connection with the project “Protecting the Rights of Residents of the North Caucasus in Places of Imprisonment.” We will begin a small cycle of publications about the situation in various regions of Russia. First up we are publishing the work of Ahmed Barakhoyev – a project coordinator in Ingushetia.
On November 25, 2016 lawyers of the MEMORIAL/EHRAC joint project together with an expert from the Civic Assistance Committee filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights in regards with the case of “Golyanovo slaves”.
On 25 November 2016 the ceremony of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as “Alternative Nobel Prize”, was held in Stockholm. Other winners of 2016 are Syrian volunteers White Helmets, Egyptian women’s organization Nazra and Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. We publish Svetlana Gannushkina acceptance speech video and transcript.
Illarion Vasilev, a lawyer from the group ‘Migration and Law Memorial’ succeeded in suing SK Invest Stroy for more than a million roubles in outstanding payments on behalf of workers from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Trafficking victim from Kinshasa, a witness of a murder of dozens innocent people from Brazzaville, a girl, who broke with Yemen traditions and other refugees took part in a new multimedia Civic Assistance Committee special project. According to UNHCR, in 2015 more than 65 million refugees in the world were forced to leave their homes due to armed conflicts. We talked with those who fled to Russia: what made them leave and what is their new life here like.
Alen and Clair Esube Tabve, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, came to us in January this year – it was absolutely freezing and their two small children were with them with no place and no means by which to live. Unfortunately since then almost nothing has changed – Although we helped them start the procedure to receive refugee status, the whole family is in desperate need. We decided to share their story and to ask for help.
The young Syrian Odey al Shufi and his 19 year-old wife, Russian citizen Nadezhda Yepifanova, live in Saint Petersburg – she is studying on the second course at LSU and he is a trainee with friends at a cafe. Or rather, he was a trainee: On the holiday evening of the 7 March 2016 a stranger came to the cafe and stabbed Odey more than ten times with a knife.
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Director Kristian Berg Harpviken’s shortlist for the Nobel Peace Prize is out, with the Russian activist and human rights contender Svetlana Gannushkina on top. Harpviken also finds that nuclear deal negotiators Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi; Syrian rescue workers The White Helmets; Edward Snowden; and the Congolese trio Jeanne Nacatche Banyere, Jeannette Kahindo Bindu and Dr. Denis Mukwege are potential candidates for this year’s prize.