I was greatly dismayed to learn that Lev Ponomarev, a senior figure in the Russian human rights movement, has been arrested and sentenced to 25 days of administrative detention yesterday. Mr Ponomarev’s work for the defence of human rights spans many decades and he is a long-standing partner of...
The Commissioner asks for urgent measures to address the situation of several prisoners and detainees in Russia and Ukraine
Today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published letters addressed, respectively, to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, concerning the situation of several...
Today the Commissioner published a letter she sent to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Mr Yury Chaika, concerning the situation of Mr Oyub Titiev, the leading member of the Human Rights Centre Memorial who is being prosecuted in the Chechen Republic. In the letter, the...
Yesterday the head of the Human Rights Centre Memorial in Dagestan, Mr Sirazhutdin Datsiev, was attacked on the way to his office in Makhachkala. I firmly condemn this violent assault against a member of Memorial. It is the latest of a succession of attacks in recent months targeting - human...
In a Memorandum published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, recommends that the Russian authorities thoroughly revise the country’s legal framework governing public events, in consultation with domestic human rights structures, so as to bring it in line...
Third party intervention
“The Russian Federation’s legislative framework on non-commercial organisations is incompatible with international and European human rights standards”, writes the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, in his observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights...
Commissioner concerned about non-implementation of a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Russia
Yesterday’s decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation on the Yukos case bears far-reaching consequences for human rights protection in Russia and elsewhere in Europe. Preventing the implementation of a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights weakens the safeguards for...
Commissioner Muižnieks urges the Russian authorities to better respect journalists' rights and safety
I have learned with great concern that an Instagram post published by the Speaker of the Chechen Parliament last Friday intimidated Gregory Shvedov, an editor-in-chief of Caucasian Knot – a Russian independent media outlet which covers news from the North Caucasus, including human rights...
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