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Russian Federation: Prosecution of human rights defender must stop

Index Number: EUR 46/4469/2021

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the criminal prosecution of Ernest Mezak, a prominent human rights defender from Syktyvkar, Republic of Komi. Amnesty International is calling on the Russian authorities to stop criminal prosecution of Ernest Mezak as it is unfounded, ensure that he is able to exercise his human rights without fear of prosecution or harassment, and ensure that the principle of independence of the judiciary, the right to a fair trial and the right to freedom of expression are observed in line with Russia’s international human rights obligations.

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