About the Human Rights Working Group
A fruitful research and training partnership with the Moscow Helsinki Group emerged from the 2019 symposium on the "Life and Legacy of Lyudmila Alexeyeva" (see more, below). The discussions at that symposium resulted in a new project on human rights and criminal justice in Russia led by Professor Emma Gilligan in tandem with a group of graduate students at IU working with the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG). The RSW has supported this partnership which involves legal research in support of MHG’s work. This includes drafting legal memos on key human rights issues in Russia for the MHG's advocacy purposes, such as in helping bring justice to those unfairly arrested, imprisoned, and abused by the Russian state.
Most recently, scholars Clare Angeroth Franks and Rachel Julia Myers have produced the legal memo, "State Liability for Deaths in Custody: Examining Russian Federation and International Laws & Guidelines."
The work in this collaboration has also been used in MHG's well-received new website, ne-izderzhki.ru, ("not expendable") devoted to unearthing statistics about deaths of people at the hands of the current Russian state in police stations, detention centers, and work colonies.