Human rights organization Amnesty International in its annual report criticized Russia for torture in the colonies and the application of the package of anti – terrorist laws- so-called “Spring package”.

“In places of detention and in the colonies widely and systematically used torture and ill-treatment”, – the human rights defenders. As an example, Amnesty International cites a letter Ildar Dading – the first Russian citizen, who was sentenced to real term on the article about repeated violation of the rules of holding rallies. As reported by RIA “Novosti” in the Supreme court, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet 22 February will reconsider the verdict.

In addition, human rights activists pointed to the vicious practice of applying anti-extremist legislation, including the “Spring package”. “The amendments are contrary to Russia’s international obligations in the field of human rights”, – stated in the report. Stated that, according to the NGO SOVA, 90% of all sentences in cases of extremism falls on comments and shares in social networks. It violates the freedom of expression, indicates AI.

Special attention is paid to the North Caucasus region, which regularly receives information about “serious human rights violations, including enforced disappearances and alleged extrajudicial killings”. AI recalled the attack on the “traveling from North Ossetia to Chechnya two representatives of human rights organizations Summary mobile group (SMG), their driver and six journalists from Russian, Swedish and Norwegian media.” According to Amnesty International, they were stopped at the administrative border between Ingushetia and Chechnya, 20 people pulled them out and severely beat and set fire to the vehicle.

It is indicated that “the Chechen leadership continued to exert direct pressure on the judiciary.” “Ramzan Kadyrov on may 5 he gathered together all the judges of the Republic to a meeting and forced four of them to resign. Federal authorities did not react” – like Amnesty International.

Amnesty International – international non-governmental organization founded in the UK in 1961. The declared mission is “research and the adoption of measures aimed at the prevention and elimination of gross violations of human rights”.

Amnesty International criticizes Russia over torture, Chechnya, the “Spring package” 22.02.2017

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