Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

Information note regarding retaliation of the Government of the Russian Federation against ARF for promoting the recommendations made by the UN CESCR to the Russian Federation in its Concluding Observations

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.

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.

This infonote describes ARF’s human rights advocacy, summarizes its activities to promote CESCR recommendations in Russia, documents the Russian government’s retaliation against ARF, lists domestic drug-related legislation and policies, calls for international attention to ARF website closure, and offers recommendations on further actions to protect relevant rights.

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