Russia's new laws could have serious negative impacts on human rights: UN official
A series of new legislative amendments in Russia could have a "seriously negative" impact on human rights in the country, according to a top United Nations official.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is urging the Government to ensure that the new laws are in line with international standards.
In June, restrictive amendments to the law on public rallies and the administrative code were signed into law by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The amendments impose hefty fines of up to 1 million roubles on participants and organisers of "unauthorised" gatherings. Administrative authorities also now have more powers to refuse permits for mass gatherings.