Racism and xenophobia;
Freedom of assembly, expression and association;
Independence of the judiciary;
Protecting human rights while fighting terrorism.
WHY IS THIS WORKING GROUP IMPORTANT?
The EU and Russia both state they stand for human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Moreover, the preamble of the EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement states that they share these as “common values”. However, NGOs and intergovernmental organisations often criticise the EU and Russian approaches to human rights which often fall victim to political or security considerations. The expulsion of the Roma from France and the attacks on migrants in Moscow are two recent examples. Russian and European NGOs have long worked to improve this situation, often facing stern opposition from their governments and security threats. This working group should offer a platform for discussion in which NGOs can examine both the difficulties that they face vis-a-vis their governments and ways (best practices) to tackle them.
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