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ORAL STATEMENT – Item 6 Consideration of UPR reports: Russian Federation – UN Human Rights Council 55th session 26 February – 5 April

It is with regret but no particular surprise that we note that the Russian authorities have made no meaningful commitments following its UPR, and only accepted broad recommendations not requiring any real action. The Russian Government’s responses contradict well-known facts, demonstrating its...
Asia and the Pacific Human Rights Defenders and Activists

India: Immediately release Irfan Mehraj – A call from civil society on the first anniversary of his continuing arbitrary detention

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, call for the immediate and unconditional release of Kashmiri journalist and human rights defender Irfan Mehraj. While on a professional assignment on 20 March 2023, Mehraj was summoned for questioning and arbitrarily detained by India’s National...