John Dalhuisen: "It is more dangerous to be a peaceful activist in Russia than at any time in recent years"

posted 13 Dec 2015, 11:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Dec 2015, 05:07 ]
“The shocking sentencing of Ildar Dadin shows that the Russian authorities are using the law on public assemblies to fast-track peaceful protesters to prison. This cynical move shows that compared to the drawn out criminal proceedings against peaceful protesters in the past, the authorities have now created a shortcut for imprisoning activists. It is more dangerous to be a peaceful activist in Russia than at any time in recent years. It is deeply disturbing that the Russian authorities have ‘legalized’ their own human rights violations and are now actively putting this into practice. Ildar Dadin must be immediately and unconditionally released and Russia must repeal this repressive and unjust law.”

- John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Director at Amnesty International.


On 7 December 2015 Ildar Dadin was sentenced to three years in jail by a Moscow court for repeated anti-government street protests. He is the first person to be jailed using the law, which was introduced in 2014 and punishes repeated breaches of public assembly rules. Russia’s jailing of a peaceful opposition activist for violating the country’s new law on public assemblies is a shocking and cynical attack on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today.

Source: 'Russia: Peaceful activist sentenced under repressive new law must be released,' Amnesty International, 7 December 2015

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