More than a hundred organizations have seen their funding shrink, their reputations tarnished, and their staff intimidated under Russia’s draconian “foreign agents” law, said Amnesty International ahead of the fourth anniversary of its coming into force on 21 November 2012.
President Vladimir Putin’s statement that Russia does not intend to become a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which it signed in 2000 but never ratified, is a huge blow to international justice, Amnesty International said today.
While yesterday’s surprise sealing of Amnesty International’s long-term office by Moscow city authorities will hamper day-to-day work, its staff will continue to stand up against human rights violations and abuses committed in Russia and abroad, the organization said.
Staff at Amnesty International’s Moscow Office arrived at work this morning to find their office unexpectedly sealed with a notice from municipal authorities warning people not to enter. In response to this development, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, said:
Russian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ildar Dadin, a peaceful street protester convicted for participation in “unauthorized” assemblies, and investigate his allegations of torture, Amnesty International said today. Ildar Dadin’s letter from prison was published by Meduza online newspaper on Tuesday.
Two Ukrainian men jailed in Russia after being tortured into confessing to a series of murders are the victims of a travesty of justice, Amnesty International said after they lost their appeals against lengthy prison sentences today.
The cancellation of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar in the Siberian city of Omsk following pressure from a pro-Kremlin political group is an affront to freedom of expression and the latest example of interference in Russian cultural life by nationalist ‘activists’, said Amnesty International.
The detention of Ruslan Sokolovsky, a Russian blogger from Yekaterinburg (Urals region) who was sentenced to administrative arrest for two months after posting a video of himself playing Pokémon Go in a church is a farcical attack on freedom of expression, said Amnesty International.
Following a peaceful protest by farmers from the Kuban Region in southern Russia, an increasing number of people have been detained in so-called administrative detention in Rostov-on-Don and the Krasnodar area, in clear violation of their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. All individuals detained in connection with the farmers’ peaceful protest should be released immediately and unconditionally as they have been detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights.
Amnesty International bevestigt dat het in 2010 de Oekraïense autoriteiten opriep Ahmed Chataev niet aan Rusland uit te leveren. Nog niet bevestigde berichten noemen Ahmed Chataev als een van de daders van de afschuwelijke aanslag in Istanbul op 28 juni.
Amnesty International werkt voor naleving van de Universele Verklaring van de Rechten van de Mens en andere internationale verdragen en verklaringen voor de mensenrechten. Wij doen over de hele wereld onderzoek naar schendingen van de mensenrechten en voeren actie om die schendingen tegen te gaan.