Human Rights Watch: "Ordinary people in Chechnya and local media simply cannot express their views freely"

posted 1 Sep 2016, 01:42 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 1 Sep 2016, 01:44 ]
"One of the key requirements of a free and fair election is for the public and media to be able to express their views, including those critical of the authorities, without fear of reprisal. With authorities engaged in severe and sweeping repression, ordinary people in Chechnya and local media simply cannot express their views freely. The Chechen Republic is a 'subject,' or administrative unit, of the Russian Federation, and its authorities are duty bound to uphold the rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in Russia’s domestic legislation and international human rights obligations. Russia’s leadership is clearly aware of the extent to which Chechen authorities have violated human rights, including freedom of expression. But it has done little more than issue rare words of concern. Human Rights Watch calls on the Russian government to ensure Chechen authorities fully comply with Russia’s legislation, including Russia’s obligations under international human rights law, and put an immediate end to the crackdown on free expression in the pre-election period and beyond. Russian authorities need to provide effective security guarantees to victims and witnesses of abuses and bring perpetrators of abuses to justice."

- Human Rights Watch, from the preface to a new report on the crackdown on free expression in the pre-election period in Chechnya, Like Walking in a Minefield 

Source: ' "Like Walking a Minefield": Vicious Crackdown on Critics in Russia’s Chechen Republic,' Human Rights Watch, 30 August 2016
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