Team Brave: Defending human rights in Russia
Demand justice for human rights defenders in Russia
It has been twenty years since the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), and yet, to be a human rights defender in Russia remains a very dangerous profession. HRDs are prosecuted under fabricated criminal charges, vilified by the media and officials, attacked, and even murdered.
In the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, a prominent human rights defender Oyub Titiev is facing 10 years in prison based on fabricated charges of possessing illegal drugs. The Head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, called Oyub Titiev and his colleagues from the Memorial human rights organization “enemies of the people” and promised “to break their spine”.
Igor Nagavkin, a prominent human rights defender from the Volgograd Region in the south-west of Russia, is awaiting trial on fabricated charges of theft. This is the second attempt to smear his name via criminal prosecution on spurious charges. He also previously reported threats from public officials in connection with his work to protect prisoners’ rights, and to fight against corruption.
In December 2017, the prominent environmental activist Andrey Rudomakha was brutally beaten up in Krasnodar in the south-west of Russia. Rudomakha and his colleagues from the Environmental Watch for the North Caucasus organization (EWNC) returned from the inspection of an illegal construction site in a protected woodland area on the Black Sea coast, that they believe is linked to high-level officials. Despite numerous pieces of hard evidence, the attackers have not been found and the investigation is effectively stalled. On top of this, Andrey Rudomakha and his colleagues are receiving further threats.
DEMAND TO STOP PERSECUTION OF OYUB TITIEV, IGOR NAGAVKIN, ANDREY RUDOMAKHA AND OTHER HRDS IN RUSSIA.
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