Tanya Cooper: "The lack of accountability for attacks against activists doing legitimate human rights work has paved the way for even more violence against those standing up for victims of abuses in the North Caucasus."

posted 10 Mar 2016, 00:58 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Mar 2016, 00:59 ]
“These brazen attacks on journalists and human rights defenders show how dangerous it is to report on human rights abuses in the North Caucasus. The authorities have made no meaningful attempt to prevent or investigate the repeated attacks in the North Caucasus on people who criticize the government. The lack of accountability for attacks against activists doing legitimate human rights work has paved the way for even more violence against those standing up for victims of abuses in the North Caucasus. Any delay in investigating this attack and prosecuting those responsible risks creating carte blanche for more violence against reporters and human rights activists in an already volatile region.”

said Tanya Cooper, Russia researcher, Human Rights Watch


Source:
'Russia: Journalists, Activists Attacked in North Caucasus. Norwegian, Swedish, Russian Reporters Injured,' Human Rights Watch, 9 March 2016

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