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The following blog is based on interviews with human rights defenders in the Russian Federation.
In the Russian Federation mass inspections of non-governmental organisations are currently taking place. According to Russian human rights organisation Agora which is trying to maintain a comprehensive list of NGOs searched, to date at least 94 NGOs in 24 regions have been visited.
This wave of inspections is unprecedented and looks more like police raids than regular inspections: teams of representatives from different state institutions come to the offices without warning, they take away boxes of documents and, sometimes, office equipment. During searches at some of the leading human rights NGOs the inspectors arrived at the same time as journalists from the tv channel NTV , a “teletabloid” which broadcasts the most odious pro-Kremlin propaganda. The Prosecutor office has denied co-ordinating the time of the searches with the journalists, but it is difficult to believe in such coincidence.
15/03/2013 - This week the world’s most populous country is finalising a once-in-a-decade leadership transition which began in November 2012 .The conclusion of the National People's Congress will see Xi Jinping assume the position of President of China, and will usher in a new era in which China is expected to surpass the United States in terms of size of its economy.
I fell in love with Sambo Creek the moment we turned onto the sand-swept main road, just as the sun was setting. A Garifuna village on the north coast of Honduras, the strong sense of community was immediately evident. Naum, our host from OFRANEH (Organizacion Fraternal Negra de Honduras) met our car and walked us through the village. He greeted every man, woman, and child we passed by name.
“Are you from Sambo Creek originally?” I asked Naum.
“I was born here, raised here, and I will die here,” he answered, in a tone of voice that implied he did not feel stuck, but rather would not want to live anywhere else.