Moscow Helsinki Group
The Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) was founded in 1976 by Professor Yuri Orlov to monitor state compliance with the final act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (aka the Helsinki Accords), signed by the heads of 35 governments in August 1975 in Helsinki, Finland. The MHG is the oldest human rights organization in the Russian Federation. MHG's mission is to observe the development of human rights and democracy in Russia. From the very beginning, MHG has exposed human rights violations and put pressure on authorities to fulfil their international obligations to respect human rights. MHG works to support and promote civil society in Russia and to provide well-rounded support for the development of human rights and civil movements in the Russian regions.
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