Russia: Survey of attitudes to medical CSOs

Almost half of Russians expect medical CSOs to monitor institutions and protect their rights – according to a HSE survey But only 16% of respondents recognised the work carried out by CSOs in the healthcare sector as relevant. 14.02.2024 The Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector at the National Research University …

Proposals to improve the social security system in Uzbekistan

Proposals to improve the social security system in Uzbekistan   14.02.2024   Tashkent, Uzbekistan    Recommendations for improving the social security system in Uzbekistan were presented to the country’s President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, on 14 February. Under the proposals, priority will be given to enhancing the Republic’s social protection involving an expansion of the list and …

Russia: CSOs to be checked for ties to ‘undesirable’ foreign organisations

Checks to be made on CSOs for any involvement in the activities of foreign “undesirable” organisations   13.02.2024   On 12 February, a Bill was submitted to the Russian State Duma that could impose “undesirable” status on organisations in the Russian Federation that have been founded by foreign State bodies. At present, only foreign CSOs …

Ombudsman and Prison Service to cooperate to uphold prisoners’ rights in Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyzstan Human Rights Ombudsman and the Republic’s Prison Service to strengthen cooperation in the protection of human rights and freedoms   09.02.2024   Kyrgyzstan’s Human Rights Ombudsman, Dzhamilya Dzhamanbaeva, has visited the main office of the Ministry of Justice’s Prison Service, reports the Ombudsman’s press office.   The Ombudsman met the Head of the …

Tajikistan: Social norms complicate battle against domestic violence

Tajikistan: Social norms complicate battle against domestic violence One in two Tajik women are believed to have been victims to domestic violence. 5 February, 2024 Rukia, a mother of three, was between life and death when she was dropped off at the home of her parents. Yet again, her husband had vented his rage. There …

US GlobalGiving charity designated undesirable in Russia

The GlobalGiving charitable project recognised as having undesirable status in the Russian Federation   26.01.2024   The US GlobalGiving charity has been added to the list of undesirable organisations.   On 26 January, the Russian Ministry of Justice added the American GlobalGiving Foundation to the register of foreign and international CSOs whose activities are prohibited …

Underage marriages in Tajikistan

Underage Marriages Rampant In Tajikistan Despite Increased Legal Age To Wed January 23, 2024  By RFE/RL’s Tajik Service Women’s rights activists claim that some Tajik parents take advantage of a loophole in the law to push their daughters into marriage. Dilrabo says she agreed to get married at the age of 16 to escape the …

Russia: MoJ plans to amend Family Code in 2024

Plans of the Ministry of Justice to amend the Russian Federation’s Family Code in 2024   22.01.2024   During his presentation on the Year of the Family at the All-Russian Family Forum on 22 January, Konstantin Chuichenko, the Russian Justice Minister, announced his Ministry’s plans to revise the National Family Code in 2024.   “As …

Russia: Proposal to create Commissioner for Rights of People with Disabilities

Proposal to create the post of Commissioner for the Rights of People with Disabilities in the Russian Federation   22.01.2024   On 22 January, the news agency RIA Novosti reported that the Head of the State Duma Committee on Social Policy, Yaroslav Nilov, had proposed the introduction of the post of Commissioner for the Rights …

Disability rights in Ukraine are a litmus test for democracy

By Virginia Atkinson, Yuliia Sachuk Published by Euronews on 19/01/2024  The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent in any way the editorial position of Euronews. When Ukraine emerges from conflict, the country has the promise to rebuild itself as a model for a free, fair, and inclusive society. …