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Information note regarding retaliation of the Government of the Russian Federation against the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice

Attention:       

§  UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

§  UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

§  UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

§  Members of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

We request this report to be considered jointly by the aforementioned Special Rapporteurs as an individual complaint on violation of the right to the highest attainable right to health and the right to freedom of expression, by way of the Government’s retaliation against the human rights defenders named below.

Summary

The Government of the Russian Federation has retaliated against and suppressed the activities of the ARF, including the exercise of the freedom of expression of ARF, aimed at promoting recommendations given by the CESCR to the Russian Government in its Concluding Observations of 20 May 2011 (UN Doc. E/C.12/RUS/CO/5) “to apply a human rights-based approach to drug users so that they do not forfeit their basic right to health. The Committee strongly recommends the State party to provide clear legal grounds and other support for the internationally recognized measures for HIV prevention among injecting drug users, in particular the opioid substitution therapy (OST) with use of methadone and buprenorphine, as well as needle and syringe programs and overdose prevention programs.  The FDCS has been persecuting ARF staff member for challenging the legal ban on OST in the domestic courts and international human rights bodies.  Most recently, on 3 February 2011, the Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) has shut down the ARF website that provides information about these CESCR recommendations and the measures the CESCR (and other UN agencies) have recommended be adopted in Russia.

Please find here the Information note regarding retaliation of the Government of the Russian Federation against the Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (ARF) for promoting the recommendations made by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) to the Russian Federation in its Concluding Observations



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