Land Destroyer Report
December 5, 2011
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To monitor government responsiveness to victims’ concerns and to encourage greater openness and transparency in the handling of terrorism attacks, natural disasters and other extraordinary situations. To promote justice and accountability for the victims of the September 2004 hostage seizure in Beslan, Ingushetia, and more than 1,600 surviving family members who have never received adequate compensation for their loss or a coherent explanation of what took place.
To maintain, expand and promote its interactive online portal, www.trudprava.ru, which provides information about labor rights and equips workers with the necessary skills to defend these rights. This website serves as an independent and objective source of information to help workers make informed decisions and improve their working conditions. The Center will promote the use of its website by Russian media as a source of news on labor issues.
To conduct a series of seminars for teachers from neighboring regions and prepare electronic versions of historical and methodological material. Seminar participants will later use their knowledge to lead classroom lessons on the history of political repression in the Soviet Union. The Center will host electronic versions of educational material on its website for public access. The Center will also maintain its museum dedicated to political repression.
To conduct qualitative research into the organization, strategies and perspectives of leaders in the noncommercial sector and socially active youth, with a particular focus on their strategies for interacting with government institutions and the public. Levada Center will conduct one hundred interviews with experts, opinion leaders and members of Russian NGOs and will publish a report detailing the results of the project, to be used for discussion in a wide variety of academic and activist forums.
To produce a film examining the antifascist youth movement in Russia. The Institute will increase awareness of racism and xenophobia in Russia through interviews with leaders of the antifascist movement in Moscow, Petrozavodsk, St. Petersburg, and Kirov. The film will examine subcultures of anti-fascism such as music, art, and civic activism. The filmmakers will also travel to Kyiv and Minsk to investigate the connection between football hooliganism and the spread of neo-Nazi ideology.
To increase the transparency and accountability of NGOs in Russia, as well as public trust in NGOs. ASI will hold open discussions with NGO representatives, civil society experts, and civic activists in five oblasts; develop expert recommendations on improving NGO transparency and accountability; and hold a seminar for regional NGOs on improving public trust.
To publicize incidents of kidnapping and forced disappearance, and to encourage officials to investigate such events thoroughly. Mashr will collect information about abductions, rapidly publicize such cases, and offer legal assistance for the victims.
To provide advanced training on international judicial procedures to human rights lawyers from Russia and other CIS countries. The Center serves as the Strasbourg office of the Moscow-based International Protection Center (IPC), an Endowment recipient with extensive experience assisting citizens whose rights have been violated in appealing to the European Court of Human Rights.
To conduct a human rights and legal education program in Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk Oblasts. The Center will operate four distinct programs: first, the School of Human Rights, which will provide training to student journalists and leaders; second, a resource center for local NGOs; third, the “Human Rights Ambulance,” which will provide legal aid in pretrial detention centers; and fourth, “Feedback,” an assistance program for journalists.
To continue the “Stockholm Process” which coordinates strategies to address human rights abuses in the North Caucasus among relevant NGOs. A training, a conference, and advocacy events will be organized to support the activists working in the region.
To publish its newspaper, Dagestanskii Rakurs (Dagestan Perspective), an independent human rights publication in Dagestan. The newspaper will be published biweekly in an eight-page tabloid format with a print run of 1,500 copies. Dagestanskii Rakurs covers topics of relevance to human rights and democracy.
To develop the organization’s ability to disseminate human rights information to a global audience. A staff member from Memorial’s Grozny office will complete a course of study at the University of Illinois.
To support its Press Center in Moscow, which has working contacts with more than 80 leading NGOs that use the Center’s premises to organize press conferences, briefings, seminars and roundtables. The Center focuses on issues such as corruption, illegal actions by government officials and human rights violations, which would otherwise get little coverage in the Russian press.
To ensure citizens’ rights to find, view, and distribute government information in accordance with the Russian constitution. The organization will monitor government information resources and related practices, disseminate news and resources on its web site, and support litigation to secure greater public access to government information.
To increase the level of legal knowledge among NGOs in the Saint Petersburg and Saratov regions. The HHRC will offer training and other forms of assistance to newly-formed NGOs and initiative groups. HRRC will work in St. Petersburg and Saratov oblasts, two regions in which it has identified large numbers of new NGOs that need assistance with registration.
To organize its eighth annual “Interregional Contest of Teachers on the History of Political Repression in the USSR.” This contest provides history teachers in schools across Russia with an opportunity to create an original lesson plan and supplementary materials on topics such as Stalinism, political repression, the GULAG system, human rights and the dissident movement. The lessons plans are then entered into a national contest, with the best entries compiled for use by other teachers.
To render legal and informational assistance to Russian activists and organizations under pressure from the authorities as a result of their work. AGORA will support human rights groups and activ ists faced with criminal and civil suits, arrests, repeated investigations, and campaigns to discredit their work. AGORA will also help NGOs improve the security of their finances, information systems, management, and personnel, and will assist with public relations.
To support its operations, including maintaining exhibits on human rights, operating a library on the history of political repression, and providing a video center and an Internet classroom for students and teachers studying human rights. It will also operate a public legal aid office, help teachers and NGO activists develop teaching materials for young people, and offer management and financial training to NGO leaders.
To support its program of increasing citizen participation in local government in Yaroslavl oblast. In addition, the Center will evaluate the state of civil society and develop suggestions to make the work of NGOs more effective in cooperation with the local government and the Yaroslavl oblast Public Chamber. The Center will focus its efforts through its NGO School, School of Public Politics, and Annual Civil Forum.
To reduce the incidence of torture in Chechnya. The Committee will monitor and publicize cases of torture at the hands of law enforcement officials and will offer legal aid to the victims. With a field office in the Chechen capital of Grozny, and legal staff and project coordination based in Nizhny Novgorod, CAT is uniquely positioned to carry out these activities.
To gather and disseminate reliable, timely information about events in Chechnya and the North Caucasus via the internet, and to support the development of Chechen civil society through roundtables, conferences and other events.
To strengthen civil society in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurt Republic, by promoting cooperation among NGO activists, members of local government, the business sector, and media representatives. CSEI will host four roundtables and organize a “School for Civic Leaders,” to bring together members from the private and public sectors from Izhevsk and the surrounding region. CSEI will maintain its support, consultation, and information resources and update its website with NGO events in the region.
To continue its program of human rights activism in the predominantly Muslim republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in the North Caucasus. The Center will render free legal aid, monitor the activity of the courts, research Stalin-era crimes in Kabardino-Balkaria, and hold a series of roundtables and conferences to deepen local understanding of these issues and reduce the appeal of political extremism by lowering tensions between law enforcement authorities and the region’s Muslim community.
To foster youth participation in the northwest federal district of Russia through a youth debate club program, study mission for young leaders, and a series of issue advocacy and leadership workshops, webinars and a funders fair designed to help youth begin or expand into civic and political activism. NDI will follow up with program participants to assist in conducting civic advocacy and other community-based projects.
To maintain and expand its publicly accessible online database of federal and regional laws that regulate NGOs and their interactions with authorities. The organization will develop draft legislation to strengthen cooperation between civil society and government and will provide free online consultations for NGOs throughout Russia on legislation pertaining to NGO-government cooperation. The organization will add a new feedback component to its website to help answer questions from authorities on working with NGOs.
To prepare twelve issues of the Mass Media Legislative Journal, which provides Russia’s media community with timely and reliable information relating to media law. The publication focuses on legislation, news about legal actions against media, accounts of incidents of harassment and intimidation against journalists, and practical advice for media workers about how to deal with these problems.
To develop dialogue between local authorities and youth in the Republic of Dagestan. The organization will continue to partner with Dagestan-based NGO “Alternative to Violence” to provide local insight, and assist in program implementation and monitoring. The organization will hold seminars at five Dagestani universities, conduct workshops on issues affecting youth, support the implementation of community initiatives, and prepare policy documents and hold consultations on regional youth policies with local and federal officials.
To stem widespread abuses of human rights in Russia’s closed cities, or ZATOs. The project will involve research, lobbying, teacher training, and public information campaigns in Ozersk and nearby cities. Planet of Hopes will organize mobile legal reception centers in other small towns and villages in the Ozersk area, prepare and submit cases to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and publish its own small-circulation newspaper.
To improve the teaching of human rights and civic education in Russia’s schools and universities. The Center will hold its annual Human Rights Olympiad for students in Perm oblast, organize educational seminars for graduates of the Center for Civic Education and teachers in rural Russia, and further develop its national teacher training seminar for the development of human rights curricula. The Center will maintain a blog and conduct an internet campaign to increase youth activism.
To conduct human rights training and consultations for approximately 1,000 draftees, draft-age youth, servicemen, and their families in Pskov oblast. The organization will hold seminars, publish a bulletin, and provide individual consultations.
To organize, preserve, and digitize the Center’s physical archives documenting political repression during the Soviet era. The Center will purchase a server and additional hosted-server space for its database, through which entries will be accessible by direct content searches and macro-tags. Memorial will also lead a two-day seminar for nine partner organizations in the Memorial Network to train them in the use of its custom-designed proprietary database software and archival techniques.
To carry out a detailed analysis of the autumn 2010 and spring 2011 election cycles in Russia, which will include press monitoring, monitoring of political agitation, activity of electoral commissions, and other aspects of the application of electoral legislation in the long-term run-up to the elections. GOLOS will hold local and national press conferences and publish reports on its findings, as well as provide detailed methodological advice to its monitors and other monitoring agencies.
To conduct three seminars and training sessions for at least 20 selectively chosen students aimed at raising civic awareness and engagement among the youth of Chechnya. Topics will include human rights, civic activism and tolerance. Activities will include theoretical lectures, brainstorming, practical exercises and small-scale initiatives to be completed by the students to help them develop skills to defend their own interests and those of others and actively agitate for human rights.
To offer free legal representation and consultation to the victims of human rights violations in Russia. The Center will help individuals who have exhausted all available remedies under the Russian court system to pursue their cases through the European Court of Human Rights or the United Nations’ Committee on Human Rights.
To promote adherence to the rule of law, especially as it applies to refugees and forced migrants in Ingushetia and Chechnya. To monitor abuses against refugees in Ingushetia and Chechnya, provide legal assistance to victims of abuse, and publicize its findings.
To perform activities related to the Russian legal system and the development of legislation through nongovernmental efforts. The Council will continue to monitor legislative developments in the State Duma and regional legislatures, provide legal assistance to human rights organizations and media personnel, and publish commentary on significant pieces of draft legislation and their relation to constitutional and international norms. The Council will also hold regular roundtables and seminars, help students with human rights work, and publish legal education material.
To improve communication between deputies of regional administrations, their peers, and constituents. Panorama will work with five to ten deputies from regional councils to gather their opinions on pending financial reform measures, communal housing law, possible improvements to public service delivery, and improving public access to information on legislative initiatives. In addition, Panorama will continue to work with youth, training them in the fundamentals of journalism.
To draw greater attention to the issue of freedom of assembly in Russia and to the “Strategy 31” movement, which seeks to protect this fundamental right. The organization will train a network of regional activists and coordinate their activities through mini-seminars and field visits, and conduct an information campaign through press conferences, posters, and educational handouts pertaining to freedom of assembly, to be distributed to the general public by regional partners.
To reduce the prevalence of torture and other forms of abuse in prison through support of a prison monitoring system in seven pilot regions of the Russian Federation; to present recommendations based on this effort to the federal government; and to promote international standards of prison management and monitoring.
To publish its journal, The Caucasian Independent Cultural and Historical Magazine DOSH. Four Russian-language issues of DOSH and two English-language digests will be published with reporting from correspondents throughout the North Caucasus covering regional issues, including the consequences of war, human rights abuses, the role of women, and federal policies affecting the North Caucasus. The organization will also conduct three training courses to improve the professional qualifications and skills of its editorial staff.
To draw greater attention to human rights abuses through legal aid and outreach programs. This program will seek to improve the treatment of prisoners who are incarcerated in Russia’s system of prisons and penal colonies. The organization will investigate violations of prisoners’ rights, bring legal measures and public pressure to decrease the occurrence of such violations, and hold public tribunals to review particularly egregious cases.
To continue building a network of regional partners that gather and disseminate information about human rights. CPI collects updates from NGOs, the media and the Russian Human Rights Ombudsman’s office on human rights violations, activities of activists, and events organized by other NGOs. CPI then prepares press releases for Russian and foreign media outlets, NGOs and government agencies. CPI also disseminates information bulletins of other Russian organizations to its distribution network.
To monitor the press and extremist groups for instances of xenophobia, racism and intolerance. SOVA will publish reports and lead educational and mentoring activities to encourage democratic and antifascist activists, and the general population, to oppose xenophobia in Russia. SOVA will coordinate and advance the efforts of experts, journalists, activists and law enforcement officials to secure effective enforcement of existing laws and to prevent the restriction of civil liberties in the name of anti-extremism.
To help citizens engage the local bureaucracy to increase transparency and accountability. Eko-Logika will organize training seminars to teach participants how to request information from local government sources and will continue to operate its resource center, which provides the necessary office equipment and consultative support needed to submit such requests.
To encourage transparency and accountability in the municipal budgeting processes. The project will involve four components: an education component to train local activists and administrators on cooperative budget oversight; an evaluation component consisting of a survey of the public’s perception of corruption in the regional administration; an analytical component, in which local activists will hold public hearings to discuss the city’s budget; and an information component to present the results of the project to the media and public.
To expand and develop a web site that publishes the book An International Tribunal for Chechnya. The two volume study documents human rights abuses during the two Chechen Wars and argues that several incidents constitute war crimes within the meaning of the Geneva Convention.
To support the activities of small NGOs in six regions in northwest Russia: Arkhangelsk, Vyborg, Kaliningrad, Pskov, Tver and St. Petersburg. The organization will conduct a series of online seminars, in-person training sessions, and discussion clubs to educate and train representatives of unregistered NGOs and civic initiative groups in organizational capacity building skills. The organization will also provide free legal consultations to civic activists.
To increase access to information about Russian human rights and environmental issues, and to encourage networking among NGOs. Bellona will maintain its website, www.bellona.ru a valuable source of independent information for the NGO community, the media and the general public.
To conduct its Human Rights School, and other workshops, for thousands of draft-age youth and conscripts. The organization will also continue to maintain a database on draftees and servicemen in order to track cases of human rights abuse at military bases across Russia, and will continue to develop and improve its interactive website to provide legal information and advice to draftees, servicemen, and their families.
To increase youth advocacy programs in Sverdlovsk oblast, specifically those dealing with youth labor rights. Parity will conduct a sociological survey to determine the nature of labor rights violations in Sverdlovsk oblast. Using the survey information, Parity will develop a variety of informational materials on labor rights issues, which will be distributed through its partners, public events, and website. Finally, Parity will implement a consultation program, which will include both one-on-one and electronic consultation sessions.
To support its independent news and opinion website “Vibor33.” Two full-time correspondents will cover current events in Vladimir oblast and update the website daily. Lebed will also host four public forums for site users to discuss pressing regional issues and will work with partners to develop a more sophisticated interactive website interface. Lebed will work with local academics, politicians, entrepreneurs, and social activists to increase the number of blogs hosted on its site.
To increase participation of young people in social and political life in Yaroslavl oblast. The organization will select four secondary schools in which to hold informational seminars on topics including student government, leadership training, communications strategies, and volunteer initiatives. The organization will also develop student councils in these schools, publish two informational brochures, conduct study trips to the Yaroslavl Oblast Duma, sponsor four youth-oriented community projects, and operate a youth-leadership camp.
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