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Submission of information on the situation in Russia to the UN Human Rights Committee

In May 2020 in the view of consideration by the UN Human Rights Committee the report of Russia on the realization of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, Citizens' Watch together with ADC Memorial prepared submission. Submission describes the situation regarding torture and violation of fair trial of ethnic and religious minorities in Russia and the territories under its control.


Announcement of office telephone number change

We would like to inform you that we have changed our telephone number to +7 (812) 309-26-69. Please update our contact information in your address books. Thank you!


Ruling of Justice Court

On 26 May 2015, Citizens’ Watch proved its case in court against the accusations of allegedly having submitted a wrong report on the sources and size of its annual income.

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Workshop «Approaches to evaluating the quality of legal aid for vulnerable groups»

The second workshop for NGOs providing legal aid to vulnerable groups took place on 11 – 12 September 2014 in the premises of Citizens’ Watch and was run by mediators Larisa Karpenko and Olga Leontieva.


Workshop “Specifics of working with vulnerable groups. Practical skills in conflict resolution and effective communication”

The workshop took place on 18 – 19 August 2014 in the premises of Citizens’ Watch. Mediators Larisa Karpenko and Olga Leontyeva were invited to run the training for NGOs working with vulnerable groups.


Seminar “Interaction between courts and mass media: legislation and practice”

On 16 June 2014 the seminar “Interaction between courts and mass media: legislation and practice” was held at the Northwest Department of Russian Academy of Justice. The seminar was attended by chairing judges and press-secretaries of courts from various Russian regions, journalists, NGOs and other experts.


Round Table “Practice of NGOs providing legal aid to the public”

On 29 April 2014, a round table was held to discuss the experiences of NGOs in providing legal assistance to the public. Researchers, NGO workers, experts in legal aid and a representative of the Ombudsman’s Office for St Petersburg took part in the discussion.


Study visit to London for defence lawyers

Study visit to London was organised from 16 to 21 February 2014 for a group of St Petersburg trainers and trainees of the course "Criminal defence of business activity: raising professional skills of defence lawyers".

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An overview of torture prevention systems in Russia, Lithuania, Sweden and Norway

This report is an overview of the independent mechanisms for the prevention of torture in Russia, Lithuania, Sweden and Norway. Lithuania, Sweden and Norway have similar systems of the prevention of torture as they have all ratified the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) and established National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs). Russia has not signed the OPCAT and thus...

Practical Guide on monitoring places of detention

It is a practical guide for monitoring places of detention to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The guide is presented in the form of general questions and answers with examples of local practices in four countries: Russia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The guide is intended to be easy to use and cover the basics.

Skills of a defence lawyer (Russian and British experience)

"Skills of a defence lawyer" (Russian and British experience) is a collection of the training material that was published on completion of the project "Raising professional skills of defence lawyers in business crime cases".

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