The United Nations Particular Rapporteur on human rights in Russia issued a statement Monday, expressing grave issues over the disappearance of Russian dissident and opposition determine, Alexei Navalny, who has been lacking throughout the Russian penal system for almost two weeks.
Navalny, a outstanding critic of the Kremlin, has been imprisoned in Russia since 2021 on a variety of prices referring to “extremist actions.” Final week, his attorneys and supporters issued statements saying that that they had been unable to find him after he missed video court docket appearances. The jail the place he had been held then advised supporters that he was now not on their registry and refused to say the place he had been transferred. Supporters stated it was no coincidence that Navalny had disappeared simply days after President Vladimir Putin announced he can be working for re-election.
There was resulting from be a court docket listening to addressing violations of Navalny’s human rights in detention final Friday however his attorneys had been knowledgeable that he was now not being held within the Vladimir area. His whereabouts are nonetheless unknown. UN Particular Rapporteur Mariana Katzarova raised issues with the Russian authorities on Friday and has labelled Navalny’s continued absence as amounting to an “enforced disappearance.” Katzarova stated:
I name on Russian authorities to abide by their worldwide human rights obligations. The time period “extremism” has no foundation in worldwide regulation, and when it triggers prison legal responsibility it constitutes a violation of human rights, which have to be condemned. Mr. Navalny and all these arbitrarily detained needs to be launched instantly and offered treatments and reparations for all of the hurt suffered, in keeping with worldwide human rights obligations.
Additional to the Particular Rapporteur’s name and in response to Navalny’s supporters’ request for pressing interim measures, the UN Human Rights Committee issued a communication to Russian representatives to supply details about Navalny’s “standing, whereabouts and the state of well being…and to urgently give him entry to his attorneys.”