Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Estemirova case: UN experts ready to assist

Posted by Info on 22/07/2009

Seven Special Procedures experts request an invitation to launch an independent investigation into the human rights situation in the Caucasus.

The move by seven leading international experts comes after a call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for a thorough and independent probe into the killing.

The experts said they had taken note of Russia’s condemnation of the murder and its pledge to do all it could to catch and punish Estemirova’s killers.

“However, these assurances will be worth little unless the authorities take steps that go beyond what has been done in the past which has all too often led to a cycle of impunity,” they said in a statement.

“We offer our assistance to the Russian authorities in light of the failure to effectively and impartially investigate the killings and attacks on a number of human rights defenders in recent years and to prosecute and bring the perpetrators to justice”, said the experts. “This would break the cycle of prevailing impunity surrounding the killings of other high profile human rights defenders and contribute to the prevention of further violence and harassment against human rights defenders”,” added the experts.

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