Nils Muiznieks‏: "I call on the Russian authorities on the regional and federal level to immediately ensure the release of Mr Titiev and to provide him with all the necessary safeguards in the current proceedings"

posted 21 Jan 2018, 08:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Jan 2018, 08:57 ]
"I have learned with great concern that Oyub Titiev, a prominent human rights defender and head of the Human Rights Centre Memorial in Chechnya, was apprehended and detained by the Chechen authorities yesterday. As a member of Memorial – one of the most reputable and experienced human rights organisations in Russia - Oyub Titiev has been making an invaluable contribution over many years to the defence of human rights, including by advocating accountability for human rights violations by Chechen officials, and is now facing criminal prosecution under dubious charges that lack credibility.

"I call on the Russian authorities on the regional and federal level to immediately ensure the release of Mr Titiev and to provide him with all the necessary safeguards in the current proceedings."


- Nils Muiznieks‏, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, on the arrest of Oyub Titiev, head of the office of Memorial Human Rights Centre in Chechnya, on 9 January 2018


Source: Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights [Facebook page], 10 January 2018
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