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Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged Russian authorities [press release] to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary], including an inquiry into possible official involvement in the killing. Estemirova, who was kidnapped in Grozny in July 2009 and shot … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jun 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Two reports were presented Thursday to the UN Human Rights Council [official website] to urge for greater protection for the right to life of journalists [press release] and media freedom. Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue [official website; report, PDF] and Special Rapporteur on … [read more]

Legal News
6 Mar 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya [official website] on Monday outlined the risks and challenges faced by human rights journalists and media workers [press release], and called for additional protection of those workers. The report [text] indicated that, "journalists and media workers active on human rights issues were subject to … [read more]

Legal News
25 Oct 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Human rights defenders are still harassed, attacked and killed [press release] 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 [text, PDF] on the right to defend human rights, which is … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW), Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Front Line Defenders (FLD), Amnesty International (AI) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) [advocacy websites] on Thursday released a joint statement urging the Russian government to investigate the murder [text] of rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary]. Estemirova, who was kidnapped … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A court in Moscow acquitted human rights activist Oleg Orlov [JURIST news archive] of a libel suit brought by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov [BBC profile] over an allegation that he was responsible for the killing of a Chechen rights activist. The court found that the allegations were hypothetical [Guardian … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Saturday called [transcript, in Russian] for a new age of human rights and safety in the embattled Caucasus region of Russia, where the killings of journalists and human rights activists have become increasingly common. The announcement … [read more]

Legal News
18 Dec 2009
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Russian human rights activist Sergei Kovalev on Wednesday urged the European Union (EU) [official website] to hold Russia accountable for human rights violations, in a speech after receiving the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought [official website]. Kovalev, joined by Oleg Orlov and Lyudmila Alexeyeva, accepted the award [press … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2009
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] A lawyer for the man accused of the double murder [JURIST report] 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 Thursday and brought before the Basmanny District Court. … [read more]

Legal News
31 Oct 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] Russia must undertake extensive legal reforms in order to protect human rights, according to a report [text] issued Friday by the UN Human Rights Committee [official website]. The committee found that Russia is failing to protect important human rights in a number of areas. The report emphasized the problems … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] A lawyer for Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that a criminal libel suit has been filed against the leader of human rights group Memorial [advocacy website, in Russian], according to media reports. Oleg Orlov, who accused Kadyrov of responsibility for the July death of Memorial … [read more]

Legal News
26 Oct 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] A prominent opposition leader and human rights activist in Russia's southern province of Ingushetia [official website, in Russian; BBC backgrounder], Maksharip Aushev, was reportedly shot dead Sunday while traveling on a highway in the North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria. According to Russian media, the unidentified gunmen fired more than … [read more]

Legal News
19 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Russian human rights activists and journalists are suspending their work in Chechnya [JURIST news archive] in the wake of the recent violence, according to a Tuesday Moscow Times report [text]. Rights group Memorial [advocacy website, in Russian], which employed recently murdered [JURIST report] activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary], closed … [read more]

Legal News
12 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Chechen human rights activist Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband Alik Dzhabrailov were found dead in the trunk of their car Tuesday, after being abducted Monday. Saulayeva and Dzhabrailov were taken [Moscow Times report] from the office of her organization, Let's Save the Generation, which works to aid children affected … [read more]

Legal News
7 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Moscow Military District Court on Friday rejected a petition by prosecutors to allow further investigation into the 2006 shooting death of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The retrial of three men acquitted [JURIST report] of involvement in her death began [JURIST report] earlier this week … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Jul 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Pamela A. Jordan, an associate professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) who writes on politics and human rights developments in Russia, says that the recent murder of Chechnya human rights activist Natalia Estemirova may help jolt average Russians into demanding that their leaders finally … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jul 2009
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Russian officials announced on Wednesday that the body of Russian human rights activist Andrei Kulagin had been found in a quarry. Kulagin, the former head of rights group Spravedlivost, had been missing since May [AP report]. Although officials did not comment on the cause of death, Spravedlivost director Andrei … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Russian human rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary] was kidnapped in Grozny Wednesday morning and shot to death, according to news reports. Estemirova, 50, investigated allegations of human rights violations in Chechnya for about 10 years. Estemirova's body, which had been shot multiple times, was found Wednesday afternoon [Moscow … [read more]

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