Amnesty International: "Amnesty International believes that Ildar Dadin’s conviction and imprisonment under Article 212.1 of the Russian Criminal Code violates several of his rights under international human rights law and the Russian Constitution, including the rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of expression, and the right to a fair trial, including protection against double jeopardy"

posted 25 Jan 2017, 09:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Jan 2017, 09:21 ]
"Ildar Dadin is a prisoner of conscience, who has been prosecuted solely in connection with his peaceful street protests. He is the first person in Russia to be sentenced under Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code. Ildar Dadin was criminally prosecuted for participation in four peaceful street actions within 180 days. In December 2015, Ildar Dadin was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, reduced to two-and-a-half years on appeal. In September 2016, Ildar Dadin’s lawyers submitted a complaint to the Constitutional Court, arguing that Article 212.1 violates Dadin’s constitutional rights. Amnesty International believes that Ildar Dadin’s conviction and imprisonment under Article 212.1 of the Russian Criminal Code violates several of his rights under international human rights law and the Russian Constitution, including the rights to peaceful assembly, freedom of expression, and the right to a fair trial, including protection against double jeopardy. Amnesty International has repeatedly urged the Russian authorities to release Ildar Dadin immediately and unconditionally and to repeal the legislative provisions that enable prosecution and imprisonment of peaceful protesters for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly. Article 212.1 contravenes a number of international and regional human rights instruments, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to which Russia is a State party."

- Amnesty International

Source:
'RUSSIAN FEDERATION: CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULING - AN OPPORTUNITY TO ANNUL CRIMINALISATION OF “UNAUTHORISED” PEACEFUL PROTEST,' Amnesty International, 23 January 2017
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