Detention of Peaceful Protestors in Russia

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The United States strongly condemns the detention of peaceful protestors in Russia. On June 12, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Russia protesting official corruption and calling for democratic governance. The protest was organized by opposition leader Alexey Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner who reportedly intends to run against Vladimir Putin in Russia’s presidential election …

Second Anniversary of Boris Nemtsov’s Murder

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“We call once more on the Russian Government to ensure that those responsible for Boris Nemtsov’s killing are brought to justice.” Just over two years ago, Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed as he walked across a bridge within sight of the Kremlin. A long-time advocate for democracy and transparency in government, …

Human Rights Watch Report Accuses Turkish Police of Torture

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ISTANBUL — In a report published Tuesday by the U.S. based Human Right’s Watch, Turkish police are accused of ill treatment and torture, following July’s failed coup. The government has been strongly denying any abuse. U.S. based Human Rights Watch says there is evidence of abuse and torture in Turkey of those detained under emergency powers, which were introduced after July’s failed …

Amnesty Urges Kyrgyzstan to Free Activist Serving Life Sentence

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Rights organization Amnesty International is urging Kyrgyzstan’s government to release Azimjan Askarov, a human rights advocate serving life in prison. Amnesty said in a statement Wednesday that Askarov is “a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.” The rights group believes that the charges against Askarov were fabricated and politically motivated. In April …