Amnesty International: "AI has documented the worsening situation of basic freedoms, unfair trials and torture and other ill-treatment, as well as human rights violations in the North Caucasus and Crimea."

posted 26 Oct 2016, 00:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Oct 2016, 00:08 ]
"Amnesty International has documented the worsening situation of basic freedoms, unfair trials and torture and other ill-treatment, as well as human rights violations in the North Caucasus and Crimea."

"Amnesty International calls on the Russian authorities to: 
 Ensure the right to freedom of peaceful assembly of all persons within its jurisdiction without discrimination in accordance with international human rights law and standards and the Russian Constitution, and in particular abolish Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code which provides for the criminal prosecution of anyone who violates the law on public assemblies and receives administrative punishment for it more than twice in 180 days; 
 Review anti-extremism legislation in the light of international standards to ensure that it does not breach the right to freedom of expression; 
 Take all necessary steps to ensure that the “foreign agents law” is repealed and that NGOs in Russia are able to do their work without hindrance, harassment, stigmatisation or reprisals; 
 Release all Prisoners of Conscience including Ildar Dadin and Natalya Sharina. 
 Repeal Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code which criminalizes peaceful protest; 
 Repeal Article 330.1 of the Criminal Code which criminalizes NGOs for failing to comply with the “foreign agents law” and end all criminal proceedings against Valentina Cherevatenko; 
 Ensure that no one within the Russian Federation’s jurisdiction is returned, by means of extradition or other forcible transfer, to any country, including Uzbekistan, where they would be at real risk of torture or other ill-treatment as well as manifestly unfair trials or any other serious human rights violations; 
 Fully implement the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and repeal Federal Law 7-FKZ “On introducing amendments to the Federal constitutional law ‘On the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation’, which was signed on15 December 2015 and gives Russia’s Constitutional Court the power to determine, upon a request from the president or the federal government, whether a decision of “an interstate body for protection of human rights and freedoms”, which includes the ECtHR, contravenes Russia’s Constitution and is thereby “non-implementable”; 
 Resume cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly."

- Amnesty International, 19 October 2016 

Source:
'AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT. A Summary of Amnesty International’s Concerns in the Russian Federation,' Amnesty International, 19 October 2016
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