Thursday, May 23, 2013

Amnesty International Criticizes Human Rights in Russia

Amnesty International has again criticized Russia in its annual report on human rights released on Thursday. The mounting protests in early 2012 have led to increased pressure from the authorities, the international rights group said. Human rights defenders and journalists have continued to experience pressure, and most investigations into past attacks showed no progress. According to Amnesty International, Russian courts do not comply with international standards of justice, and the number of politically motivated rulings has grown over the past year. Cases of torture and denial of adequate medical care in custody are not properly investigated, the report says. Furthermore, Russia reacts very aggressively to any external criticism of its human rights situation, the report said citing the response to the Magnitsky Act, where Russia came up with its own list of undesirable US officials and banned them from entering the country.

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