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HRW: Russia authorities must investigate rights activist's murder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged Russian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of rights activist Natalia Estemirova , including an inquiry into possible official involvement in the killing. Estemirova, who was ki (More)
UN rights experts urge greater protections for journalists
Two reports were presented Thursday to the UN Human Rights Council to urge for greater protection for the right to life of journalists and media freedom. Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue [official website; repor (More)
Human rights defenders, journalists need protection: UN expert
UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya on Monday outlined the risks and challenges faced by human rights journalists and media workers , and called for additional protection of those workers. The report indicated that, "journalists and media work (More)
Human rights defenders still threatened: UN expert
Human rights defenders are still harassed, attacked and killed more than a decade after the international declaration adopted for their protection, a UN rights expert said Monday. UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya presented her fourth report (More)
Rights groups urge Russia probe of activist Estemirova murder
Human Rights Watch (HRW), Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Front Line Defenders (FLD), Amnesty International (AI) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) on Thursday released a joint statement urging the Russian government to investigate the murder (More)
Moscow court acquits Russia rights activist of slander charges
A court in Moscow acquitted human rights activist Oleg Orlov of a libel suit brought by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov over an allegation that he was responsible for the killing of a Chechen rights activist. The court found that the allegations (More)
Russia PM calls for human rights protections in Caucasus region
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Saturday called for a new age of human rights and safety in the embattled Caucasus region of Russia, where the killings of journalists and human rights act (More)
Russia rights activist urges EU to hold country accountable for abuses
Russian human rights activist Sergei Kovalev on Wednesday urged the European Union (EU) to hold Russia accountable for human rights violations, in a speech after receiving the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought . Kovalev, joined by Oleg Orlov an (More)
Russia suspect confesses to killing human rights lawyer
A lawyer for the man accused of the double murder of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova said Friday that his client has confessed to the crime. Nikita Tikhonov and female companion Yevgenia Khasis were arrested (More)
UN report criticizes Russia on human rights
Russia must undertake extensive legal reforms in order to protect human rights, according to a report issued Friday by the UN Human Rights Committee . The committee found that Russia is failing to protect important human rights in a number of areas (More)