ADC “Memorial” participated in OSCE Human Dimension Meeting

On October 2, 2014 ADC “Memorial” together with International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), human rights movement “Bir Duyno” (Kyrgyzstan) and Civil partnership platform “Central Asia on the Move” participated in the Human Dimension Implementation meeting, which considered the situation of the rights of migrants, refugees and displaced persons. Parallel to the main meeting a special session devoted to the situation of migrants from Kyrgyzstan and Tadzhikistan in Kazakhstan and Russian Federation was held. Olga Abramenko and Sergey Mikheyev, experts of ADC “Memorial”, reported on the growth of xenophobic sentiments in Russia and introduction of harsher immigration legislation in the Russian Federation. Special attention was paid to the situation of children, who came to Russia together with their parents, but who were deprived of the possibility to implement their basic rights, such as the right to education and the right to be raised by their families. Cathy Boot presented new joint report produced by FIDH and ADC “Memorial” devoted to the situation of labor migrants from Tadzhikistan, this being already the second report on labor migration from Tadzhikistan to Russia (previous report was presented back in 2011). Our colleagues from Kyrgyzstan and Tadzhikistan presented reports on availability of consulate services for labor migrants in the Russian Federation.

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