Amnesty International: Rights Defender Arbitrarily Arrested in Chechnya

posted 12 Jan 2018, 11:38 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Jan 2018, 11:58 ]
11 January 2018

Free Oyub Titiev, Drop All Charges

Police in Chechnya have arbitrarily arrested Oyub Titiev, head of the local office of Memorial, Russia’s leading human rights organization, on bogus drug possession charges, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and International Partnership for Human Rights said today. Authorities should immediately free Titiev, drop the charges against him, and stop hindering the work of human rights advocates in Chechnya, the international human rights groups said. “Titiev’s arrest is a clear signal that authorities in Chechnya are trying to force Memorial out of Chechnya, which is an affront to everyone there who needs protection from human rights abuses,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Titiev should not be in custody, where we fear his health and safety are at risk.” [Read more]

Source: 'Rights Defender Arbitrarily Arrested in Chechnya,' Amnesty International, 11 January 2018