The European Parliament calls for the immediate release of Oyub Titiev, Director of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in the Chechen Republic, who was arrested on 9 January 2018. They also urge the Russian authorities to ensure that his human and legal rights are fully respected, and express deep concern at the failure to investigate the death of Mr Titiev’s predecessor, Ms Natalia Estemirova.
MEPs urge the Russian authorities to put an immediate end to arrests, attacks, intimidation and efforts to discredit human rights defenders and journalists, and to arbitrary detention and torture of people presumed to be from the LGBTI community. The worsening conditions in civil society could harm the work of organisations promoting and protecting human rights, say MEPs, who call on the Russian authorities to conduct objective and thorough investigations into these developments.
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Press release published on the European Parliament's website on February 8, 2018