UN criticizes Russia for failing to investigate human rights abuses Max Slater at 11:32 AM ET
[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) [official website] chastised Russia on Friday for intimidating journalists and human rights activists and ignoring allegations of torture. The CAT, a panel composed of 10 human rights experts, presented a report [AP report] on Friday that laid out a set of criticisms against Russia and urged Russia to take immediate action to prevent torture. The criticisms in the report include accusations that Russia has increased its harassment and intimidation of journalists, tortured prisoners, and cracked down on freedom of speech and expression. The report also declared that Russia has failed to comply [Al Jazeera report] with a 1987 treaty against torture and has denied many detainees access to legal counsel. The CAT has also called on Russia to prosecute individuals who have perpetrated torture and other human rights abuses.
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