Human Rights Council asks Prosecutor General to intervene over sentencing of Beslan mothers

posted 12 Sept 2016, 08:19 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Sept 2016, 08:31 ]
7 September 2016


The Presidential Human Rights Council (HRC) has written to the Prosecutor General to ask him to intervene in the sentencing of people who participated in a demonstration in Beslan.

According to the HRC, the brutal detention and subsequent sentencing – in the form of community service and fines – of women who had lost children in the appalling terrorist act of 1 September 2004 is both morally and legally unjustifiable.

On the twelfth anniversary of the attack at Beslan, six mothers held a protest about the ongoing investigation into the school siege. The HRC questions whether the police acted properly and the court ruled fairly following the protest. The women appeared in public wearing T-shirts with slogans criticising the Russian president and were immediately detained and taken to a police station where they were held for several hours.

Translated by Suzanne Eade-Roberts