Discriminatory legislation: why human rights defenders from organizations that are foreign agents are not allowed working in the Public Monitoring Commissions
2 June 2020
In 2016, the human rights organization "Man and Law", already included in the register of "foreign agents", nominated its candidate for the 4th convocation of the PMC for Mari El Republic. The Public Chamber approved the candidate. However, in 2019, it refused to include human rights defender Sergei Poduzov in the PMC for Mari El Republic, citing the fact that he is a representative of an organization which is a foreign agent, without evaluating his professional qualities in any way. At the same time, employees and volunteers of the organization "Man and Law" were members of the Public Monitoring Commission for Mari El Republic from the first convocation in 2008 and in different years they headed the regional PMC.
We consider this trial as a way of legal dialogue with the state. We want to change the legislation of the Russian Federation with the help of court decisions, so that the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation can form the composition of the PMC in an open environment," says Sergey Poduzov.