Published: 1 Jun 2013 | By Dr Jérémie Gilbert
The closure of RAIPON
Over the last few months an administrative dispute between the Russian Ministry of Justice and the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) is indicative of the pressure put by the government on civil society organisations. While RAIPON was allowed to finally reopen last month following strong international pressure and a revision of its statutes, the indigenous peoples’ support organisation has been placed under tremendous pressure by the authorities which ordered its closure. In November 2012, the Russian Ministry of Justice adopted a resolution to put an end to the work of RAIPON. The closure of the Association by the federal Ministry of Justice was based on an “alleged lack of correspondence between the association’s statutes and federal law.” As a result, all the activities of RAIPON were suspended on the 1st of November 2012. The closure of RAIPON, a Russia wide public non-governmental organisation (NGO), was a serious setback for many indigenous peoples of Russia.
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