The human rights situation in Russia has “worsened significantly” since President Vladimir Putin launched the war against Ukraine in February last year, an expert appointed by the UN’s top human rights body said in its first report on Monday. .
The voices of those criticizing Putin and the opposition are being suppressed.
Mariana Katzarova, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Russia, supported by the Human Rights Council, described the crackdown in Russia, describing it as a large-scale repression of Putin’s critics and the opposition. His report was made public on Monday. Never before had the Council authorized an expert to investigate human rights issues in a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
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More than 20 thousand people were detained
The permanent members of the UN Security Council include Britain, China, France, Russia and the US. The report cites data from OVD-Info for the last month. This institute keeps an eye on human rights violations. It was told that more than 20 thousand people were detained from February to June last year for participating in protests against the war.
The report also said that more than 600 criminal cases were filed for carrying out ‘anti-war activities’. The report said more than half of the protesters arrested for carrying out ‘peaceful anti-war activities’ were women.
First Published : September 18, 2023 | 7:15 PM IST
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