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UN Concerned Over Russian Court's 'Foreign Agent' Ruling

The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) has expressed concerns over a Russian court's ruling against a nongovernmental organization in St.Petersburg that had provided information to the CAT.

The CAT said on December 23 it was disturbed that Russian prosecutors, as part of their civil lawsuit against the Anti-Discrimination Center Memorial, had referred to Memorial's report on police abuse of Roma and labor migrants it submitted for CAT's review of the Russian Federation in November 2012.

CAT's rapporteur on reprisals, George Tugushi, stated that "Russia is a State Party to the Convention against Torture and as such should ensure that no group faces prosecution for communicating with or providing information to the Committee."

The court ordered Memorial to get registered as a "foreign agent" in accordance with a controversial law adopted last year.

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