Russia

Human Rights Challenges

According to the 2018 Universal Periodic Review from the United Nations, the human rights challenges in Russia relates to, among others: 

  • Discrimination and hate speech on the grounds of religion or belief, sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, attacks and threats perpetrated by civilians or the military;
  • Right to fair trial, access to remedy and justice;
  • Freedom of opinion and expression, especially journalists, human rights defenders and political activists;
  • Freedom of religion or belief;
  • Right to association and assembly;
  • Access to social security and health to persons living in remote areas;
  • Violence against women, especially sexual violence and patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes;
  • Equal pay, work opportunities, and political participation for women;
  • Violence and ill-treatment of children in pre-trial detentions;
  • Protection, support and inclusion of indigenous people;
  • High rate of unregistered persons, especially stateless, refugees and individual from minority groups.

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Human Rights Academy’s projects

The Human Rights Academy has been working with journalism students and teachers in Russia since 2008.

Navigating in information: Identify, evaluate, use.
Children and youth in the Baltic Sea Region in a digital world.
(2020-2021)                                        

 

 

Online seminar: Is political participation possible in todays Russia? (15.12.2020)

  • Are political participation, free and fair elections and freedom of expression possible in todays´ Russia? How are these issues being taught in schools? The practical exercise «Voting" documents that the right to vote not only has to do with circumstances on the election day.
  • Download the lecture 
  • About Olga Pogonina: Olga is a teacher who works in Moscow and has more than 20 years experience from teaching political science and human rights. For several years she has been engaged in the two human rights organisations  Memorial and Youth Centre for Human Rights and Legal Culture.

Human Rights Lens (2019-2020)

  • Aim: To raise knowledge about the international human rights system among the young people in the Northwest of Russia. To challenge the youth to reflect on the local human rights situation with the help of photo camera.
  • Activities: Workshops on human rights and photography in the regions of the Northwest Russia (Kaliningrad, Pskov, Veliky Novgorod, St. Petersburg, Leningrad oblast, Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Arkhangelsk), and Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway).
  • Partners: Institute of Law n.a. Prince Oldenburgsky/ School projects initiative (St. Petersburg); legal clinics/ law faculties of the Universities in the Northwest Russia; regional ombudsmen in human rights; Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC), Karakallion school (Espoo).
  • Funding: Nordic Council of Ministers.
  • Brochure: Human Rights Lens
  • Read more: 
    07.05.2020 Human Rights Lens
    23.01.2020 Human Rights Lens

 

 

Human Rights and Citizenship Education for all (2018-2019)

  • Aim: To support development of democratic and pluralist society in the North-West of Russia through education in human rights and democratic citizenship (HRE/EDC). To improve teachers’ competences in democracy education by providing efficient methods of teaching, which contribute to a non-discriminatory education and a more democratic atmosphere in schools/local communities in the long-term perspective.
  • Activities: Workshops on the methods of teaching human rights and democratic citizenship in the Northwest of Russia (Kaliningrad, Pskov, Veliky Novgorod, St. Petersburg, Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Arkhangelsk). Target group: teachers in history and civics.
  • Partners: Institute of Law n.a. Prince Oldenburgsky/ School projects initiative (St. Petersburg); legal clinics/ law faculties of the Universities in the Northwest Russia; regional ombudsmen in human rights; Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC).
  • Funding: Nordic Council of Ministers.
  • Read more: 
    11.09.2018 Human Rights and Citizenship Education 
    12.10.2018 Workshops i Arkhangelsk og St.Petersburg
    11.12.2018 Mijø og menneskerettigheter
    19.01.2019 Stor interesse for demokratikurs 
    28.02.2019 Metodekurs i St. Petersburg 
    01.04.2019 Russiske lærere og aktivister i Oslo

 

 

 

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