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Centre for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North


The Centre for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North (CSIPN) is a non-governmental organisation that works to protect the rights of the indigenous peoples of Siberia and the Russian North and Far East. CSIPN is the leading organization working on indigenous rights in Russia, which provides informational, educational, expert and legal support to a range of representatives of indigenous peoples. CSIPN is also the only organisation of indigenous peoples of Russia that has special status and has gained the accreditation of UN agencies such as UNESCO, UNEA, FAO, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and others.

The environment for the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Russian Federation is difficult, especially for those who defend and promote the rights of LGBTI people, ethnic and religious minorities, refugees, as well as activists of the North Caucasus and the unlawfully annexed Crimean Peninsula.