Kyrgyzstan: Barriers to education for children with disabilities

Inclusive Education Key to Ending Segregation in Institutions Human Rights Watch, December 10, 2020 9:00AM EST Thousands of children with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan are segregated in residential institutions where they can experience neglect, inappropriate medical treatment, and discrimination, Human Rights Watch said in a report published today, on International Human Rights Day. The 74-page report, “Insisting on Inclusion: …

Dire situation of people in Russia’s homes for people with learning difficulties

“If we allow CSOs and citizens to know what’s going on inside PNRIs, they’d wreck the whole system”: Update on the review of psycho-neurological residential institutions (PNRIs) 07.12.2020 On 7 December, a round-table discussion was held on “Reform of PNRIs: How do you move a mountain?”, organised by Miloserdie.ru. “We know the system for dealing …

Fighting To Stop Violence Against Women in Central Asia

RFE/RL December 06, 2020 11:44 GMT  By Muhammad Tahir Bruce Pannier November 25 was the International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women and it started 16 days of activism that concludes on December 10. Violence against women is a problem in Central Asia, and while the issue is receiving somewhat more attention, progress in combating abuse …

CSOs awarded 2020 Runet Prizes

CSOs receive the 2020 Runet Prize 04.12.2020 On 3 December, the winners of the 2020 Runet Prize were announced which included the Konstantin Khabensky Foundation, the Association of Volunteers Centres and the Volunteers of Victory. The Runet Prize is an annual award given for achievement in the field of information technology as well as for …

Putin urges more attention to the needs of people with disabilities

“It should go without saying”: Vladimir Putin urged to pay attention to the needs of Russians with disabilities 04.12.2020 On 3 December, Vladimir Putin met representatives of public organisations representing people with disabilities. The Head of State explained that paying attention to the interests and needs of disabled people “should be second nature and regarded …

Russia: lighter penalties for some CSOs

Senators have approved a law on relaxing administrative penalties for CSOs. CSOs can now be issued with warnings rather than fines. 2 December, 2020 On 2 December, the Council of the Federation approved a bill according to which a CSO  that has committed a first administrative offence can expect to receive a warning rather than …

Russian law now allows for tax-free use of property by CSOs

Free use of property by CSOs will not be taxed Changes to the tax code. 1 December 2020 On 1 December,  the Society of  CSO Accountants and Auditors  reported that “the legislator has solved one long-standing tax  issue faced by CSOs by making the free use of property tax exempt. This change was incorporated  into …

Health Agencies Warn Of Undiagnosed HIV Cases In Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Published by RFE/RL, 27 November 2020 The EU’s disease-control agency and the World Health Organization (WHO) are calling for more HIV testing as many infected people are diagnosed too late, especially in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Late diagnosis of the virus that causes AIDS contributes to ongoing HIV transmission, often for several years, and …

Social enterprises make up less than 1% of SMEs in Russia

“Social enterprise makes up less than 1% of the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) sector in Russia.” The Council of the Federation discussed the development of social enterprise in the regions. 26 November 2020 Galina Karelova, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council,  reported on the results of monitoring regional legislation in the field of social …

Public Chamber asks government for additional support for CSOs

Public Chamber asks the government for additional support for CSOs. Among the measures proposed by the Public Chamber is the extension of preferential loans, suspension of statutory audits and deferral of rent payments. 25 November 2020 On 24 November the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation wrote to the government (letter available to ASI), requesting …