UN / ALEXEI NAVALNY SENTENCE REAX

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The UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk said that the new sentence imposed on Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny “raises renewed serious concerns about judicial harassment and instrumentalization of the court system for political purposes in Russia,” a UN spokesperson said. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 04 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

04 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Farhan Haq at the podium
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk just now said that the new sentence imposed today on Alexei Navalny raises renewed serious concerns about judicial harassment and instrumentalization of the court system for political purposes in Russia. Mr. Türk noted that the 19-year sentence was based on vague and overly broad charges of “extremism” and followed a closed trial on the premises of the prison where Mr. Navalny is already serving two other sentences amounting to 11 and a half years. He called on the Russian authorities to take measures to respect their human rights obligations by immediately ceasing violations of Navalny’s human rights and releasing him. And the Secretary General supports the Human Rights High Commissioner on this.”
5. Wide shot, presser

STORYLINE:

The UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk said that the new sentence imposed on Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny “raises renewed serious concerns about judicial harassment and instrumentalization of the court system for political purposes in Russia,” a UN spokesperson said.

Speaking to reporters today (04 Aug) in New York, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq added, “Mr. Türk noted that the 19-year sentence was based on vague and overly broad charges of “extremism” and followed a closed trial on the premises of the prison where Mr. Navalny is already serving two other sentences amounting to 11 and a half years.

According to the UN spokesperson, the Human Rights High Commissioner called on the Russian authorities to take measures to respect their human rights obligations by “immediately ceasing violations of Navalny’s human rights and releasing him.”

Farhan Haq added that the Secretary General supports the Human Rights High Commissioner on this.

According to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), the latest sentence against Navalny comes amid an increasingly repressive crackdown on freedom of expression and political opposition in Russia.

Since February 2022, some 20,000 people have been arrested throughout the country, many of them briefly, for various actions against Russia’s war against Ukraine, including protesting and posting on social media.

Several were jailed for allegedly spreading false information about the actions of the military and hundreds more have been given administrative fines for “discrediting” the Russian Army.

There has also been a sharp increase in the use of the espionage and treason provisions of the Criminal Code to try and convict people that were merely exercising their human rights.
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