The Department of the Ministry of Justice in Mari El Republic intends to liquidate the human rights organization "Man and Law". Here we explain why
1 July 2020
On 10 December, 2019, the organization's lawyers filed an objection to the head of the Department of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation for Mari El Republic and attached documents on correcting technical errors identified during the inspection.
On 12 March, 2020, a preliminary hearing was held in the Supreme Court of Mari El Republic, where the judge examined the evidence of the parties. The Department of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation for Mari El Republic submitted to the court 14 volumes of the control case and 3 volumes of the registration case. At the same time, representatives of the Ministry of Justice were against the fact that the lawyers of the organization "Man and Law" got acquainted with these materials and received copies of documents. On the same day, the court adjourned the preliminary session and scheduled the next session for 25 March, 2020.
On 26 June, 2020, the Supreme Court of Mari El Republic re-opened the case on the liquidation of the organization and scheduled a hearing on the merits for the next week. The court allowed the organization's lawyers to get acquainted with the materials of the registration and control case, but forbade them to make copies of them. The lawyers had to read and memorize all 17 volumes of the case.
The main court session was scheduled for 2 July, 2020 at 2 p.m. and July 3, 2020. Now employees of the organization continue to get acquainted with the case materials and prepare to protect their legitimate interests.
At the end of November 2019, the Ministry of culture, press and ethnic affairs of Mari El Republic issued an order stating that all subordinate institutions are required to coordinate with the Deputy Ministers any provision of premises for the organization's events "in connection withthe ongoing attempts by non-profit organizations acting as foreign agents to conduct publicevents aimed at discrediting public authorities." In Mari El Republic, "Man and Law" is the only organization listed in the register of "foreign agents".