RUSSIA: Religious freedom survey, January 2017

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 Russian laws restricting freedom of religion and belief have increased, as have prosecutions of people exercising this freedom. Given intensifying official hostility to independent public activities without state permission, freedom of religion and belief and interlinked human rights may in future be increasingly restricted. Since…

View from abroad: Mitzvah Day in Belarus

Debra Brunner, Director of The Together Plan, blogs about bringing Mitzvah Day to five towns and cities in Belarus: Belarus is a much forgotten country in the heart of Europe: a dictatorship, which has a rich but troubled Jewish history. Once part of the Soviet Union, pre-war Belarus boasted a large and vibrant…

Russia: Government against Rights Groups

In 2012 Russia’s parliament adopted a law that required nongovernmental organizations (NGO)s to register as "foreign agents" with the Ministry of Justice if they engage in “political activity” and receive foreign funding. The definition of “political activity” under the law is so broad and vague that it can extend to all aspects of…
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