After Navalny loss of life, impartial professional on rights in Russia asks ‘who is next?’ | EUROtoday

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Speaking completely to UN Newsshe stated her workplace had raised repeated issues over the previous months, amongst them, over Mr. Navalny’s deteriorating well being.

Arrested in 2021, the 47-year-old anti-corruption activist was serving a number of sentences on expenses, together with extremism.

“It’s very shocking that this happened today less than a month before the Russian presidential election, and it really sends shockwaves to everybody in Russia and to everybody around the world who is concerned about the increasing repression against government critics in the Russian Federation,” she stated.

The penal colony the place Mr. Navalny died sits above the Arctic Circle, “which was used in the past during the old gulag system of political repression in Russia”, with scant web entry and reduce off from the world, she acknowledged.

“The conditions of detention under which Mr. Navalny was kept amounted to torture,” Ms. Katzarova stated, including that authorities had been putting him in “punishment cells” enduring “really harsh conditions”.

‘Who is next?’

Citing different latest detention circumstances, she known as for the discharge of all political prisoners in Russia.

“I cannot stop asking myself today, who is next if the authorities continue to wait and do not…give liberty and freedom to all the people that are arbitrarily detained in Russia just for their conscientiously held beliefs, peacefully against the war on Ukraine or because of government policies that they disapproved and voiced their concerns,” she stated.

All of these people have to be releasedall of these prisoners, so there is no other shocking news of another political prisoner and human rights defender being found dead in custody in Russia.”

Special Rapporteurs

In May, Ms. Katzorova was named the UN’s first Special Rapporteur on human rights in Russia.

The Human Rights Council created the mandate, citing concern over “the significant deterioration of the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation, in particular the severe restrictions on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association…resulting in systematic crackdowns on civil society organizations”.

Special Rapporteurs and different rights consultants are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, are mandated to watch and report on particular thematic points or nation conditions, usually are not UN workers and don’t obtain a wage for his or her work.