Nils Muižnieks: "I call on the authorities to immediately refrain from prosecution of Ms. Cherevatenko and to allow human rights defenders and NGOs to continue their legitimate activity for the benefit of all of Russian society."

posted 25 Jun 2016, 05:44 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Jun 2016, 05:47 ]
'I am extremely concerned about the searches of the “Union Women of Don” office in Novocherkassk, Rostov region, Russian Federation, and the criminal prosecution of its chairperson Ms Valentina Cherevatenko due to the alleged “malevolent” non-compliance with the Foreign Agents Law. Women of Don is a prominent and independent NGO working on various human rights issues, including women’s and children’s rights and psychological and social assistance to victims of various human rights violations in the region. Criminal prosecution of human rights defenders under such allegations represents a flagrant interference with the freedom of association and of expression guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. I call on the authorities to immediately refrain from prosecution of Ms. Cherevatenko and to allow human rights defenders and NGOs to continue their legitimate activity for the benefit of all of Russian society.'

- Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

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