UN Human Rights Council should strongly denounce widespread and on-going actions by Russia to attack independent civil society, severely limit civic space, and silence dissenting voices. Open letter To Member and Observer States of the UNHRC
We, the undersigned human rights organisations, call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to respond robustly to the recent crackdown by the Russian authorities on independent civil society and dissenting voices in the country. Russian authorities are systematically using the tools of the state to arbitrarily deprive citizens of liberty and curtail the exercise of the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association. The alarming trends the international community has observed in Russia for more than a decade have been drastically increasing since the end of 2020 and require urgent international action.