Countering transnational repression

This report from UK think tank the Foreign Policy Centre looks at the importance of integrating new immigrants into society.

Transnational repression, commonly meaning the targeting of political opponents living abroad, is a phenomenon that in recent years has increasingly come to the attention of a global audience. Due to a recent as well as projected increase in cases of transnational repression, as part of what has been called a ‘third wave of autocratisation’, countering practices of transnational repression must become a priority for democratic governments in order to show a real commitment to their democratic principles. The interference of intelligence services of authoritarian countries heavily undermines not only principles of free speech for recent immigrants into democratic countries, but also constitutes a significant breach of sovereignty of the country that the repression takes place in. Thus, this article will be focusing on how democratic governments can counter transnational repression, showing the impact of integration into society, especially for victims of newly emergent methods of transnational repression. It will highlight this through contrasting cases of victims of transnational repression: Russian activists applying for asylum in the West and former Russian intelligence officers.

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