International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims condemns last week’s attack on the office and apartment of its Russian member the Committee Against Torture (NGO CAT) and calls on the authorities to instigate a proper investigation and punish those involved in the attack.
On 21 May 2015 Kate Watters and Sergey Solyanik of Crude Accountability were denied permission to visit Evgeny Vitishko, an environmental activist wrongly imprisoned in Penal Colony No. 2 in Sadovaya, Russia.
The arrested human rights activist Rasul Jafarov sent congratulations to his colleagues on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day. He called on the Azerbaijani authorities to release civil society activists from prison.
On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, 2 November, international organisations called upon the Head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, to help end the cycle of impunity for attacks on those who exercise their right to free expression in Russia.