Human Rights Conference

Active Societies

Human Rights, Freedom and Justice.

In September 2019, Future of Russia supported the third annual ‘Human Rights, Freedom and Justice’ conference in memory of Yuri Schmidt, the well-known Russian human rights lawyer.

Bringing decision-makers together

The event brought together 40 Russian lawyers, activists, NGO workers and journalists who advocate for human rights under increasingly deteriorating conditions.

Together with 35 German colleagues – including key policy-makers and high-ranking representatives of the German Foreign Office and Federal Chancellery – they discussed and analysed the challenges and developments for human rights work in Russia.

Building powerful networks

In Russia, the regime has waged a comprehensive campaign against civil society in a bid to neutralise its power. Conferences such as this are vital for keeping the human rights movement connected, mobilised and empowered.

The conference helped key decision-makers better understand the Russian context and the Russian human rights movement agenda. It built vital linkages and has helped to create a more integrated network of actors working to support Russian civil society.

This year, the conference consisted of a series of round tables. Participating experts discussed current human rights developments in Russia and the challenges they present.