Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

Human Rights

December 28th, 2014

In 2013, the Ministry of Justice, supported by the courts, refused registration and official recognition to the first all-Russia association of sex workers, referring to the fact that sex work is under administrative and criminal punitive bans and therefore the right of association for sex workers is unjustified. In light of international human rights standards, in particular the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, this paper examines whether the overall punitive legal ban on sex work in Russia is discriminatory.

April 28th, 2014

In many ways, the story of Max, who you meet in this video, is typical of the hundreds of thousands of Russians who use drugs. As an intravenous drug user, he contracted HIV and hepatitis C. But when Max was denied testing and treatment for his hepatitis C, he did something no Russian who uses drugs had done before—Max turned to the justice system.

November 13th, 2013

Quote from the interview G.M.Gatilov (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia) to the Russian news agency 'RIA Novosti', October 8, 2013 (on the closing of the UN Council on Human Rights session)

March 21st, 2013

Life and health do not count when the Government is tough on drugs. The Moscow pre-trial detention center fails to attend to Margarita Charykova’s needs for medical assistance since the day of her arrest in December 2012. 24 year old Margarita suffers from a severe health condition and her life is at stake. Mikhail Golichenko, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: “No substantive changes occurred in the area of medical help in pre-trial detention since the death of Sergey Magnitsky.” Anya Sarang, Andrey Rylkov Foundation: “State demonstrates a particular merciless attitude towards Charykova due to the fact that the young lady is accused of drug crime.”

February 10th, 2013

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez has prepared a report focusing on forms of abuses in health-care settings that may cross a threshold of mistreatment that is tantamount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The report will be presented […]

July 6th, 2012

On Friday, July 6, the Russian State Duma gave its preliminary approval to a controversial draft bill on the status of non-governmental organizations as "foreign agents". The bill comes from the United Russia party; 323 parliamentarians supported it, and only 4 were against it. Only the social democratic party, A Just Russia, spoke strongly against the draft bill, but they boycotted the session. The Government and Supreme Court have also endorsed the bill. Many observers conclude that United Russia is committed to adopting the bill as soon as possible, even in absence of a broad public discussion.

June 6th, 2012

Russian parliament has approved a new bill on public rallies that significantly increases fines for protest activities. “Patients’ Control”, an organization that unites people living with HIV, tuberculosis and other diseases, believes that the new law will make it impossible for them to stand for their rights. The activists have appealed to the MPs asking them to revise the draft bill. However, their appeal was ignored, as United Russia, the majority party, is determined to make the bill operational by June 12 – the day when large-scale protest rallies are expected to take place in Russia.