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Russia: Freedom of Assembly and Worship

Volume 698: debated on Monday 4 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make representations to the Government of Russia, following the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Barankevich v Russia (No. 10519/03), concerning freedom of assembly and freedom of worship. [HL1540]

We regularly raise the issues of freedom of assembly and worship with the Government of Russia, through our discussion on human rights issues both bilaterally and through the EU. A recent example of our support for freedom of assembly in Russia is the EU statement of 4 December 2007 on the Russian Duma elections which reported,

“many reports and allegations of media restrictions as well as harassment of opposition parties and non-governmental organisations in the run up to the elections and on election day, and that procedures during the electoral campaign did not meet international standards and commitments voluntarily assumed by Moscow”.

We do not comment on individual cases but information on execution of judgments is publicly available on the Council of Europe website at: www.coe.int/T/E/Human_Rights/execution.