UN / RUSSIAN FEDERATION HUMAN RIGHTS

25-Oct-2023 00:03:14
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation, Mariana Katzarova, said the situation in the country “has been deteriorating, maybe in the past two decades, but certainly, it rapidly went downhill since last February 2022, when the Russian Federation attacked Ukraine.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 25 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

25 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mariana Katzarova, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation:
“The situation in Russia has been deteriorating, maybe in the past two decades, but certainly, it rapidly went downhill since last February 2022, when the Russian Federation attacked Ukraine. And the war on Ukraine continues to this to this date and the situation in the Russian Federation with human rights continues to deteriorate.”
4. Med shot, journalist asking question
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mariana Katzarova, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation:
“Almost weekly, the legislature in Russia is introducing new laws or amending old laws, which are trying to further restrict the freedom of expression, any anti war expression too, particularly dissident views that don't coincide with the official government views or the government propaganda.”
6. Wide shot, briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mariana Katzarova, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation:
“Under these laws, more than 20,000 people have been arbitrarily detained. These are mainly anti-war activists who participated in peaceful anti-war demonstrations against the war on Ukraine.”
8. Med shot, journalist asking question
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mariana Katzarova, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation:
“Politically motivated persecutions have been increasing since the beginning of the war on Ukraine. And we have really heavy sentences for political opponents, for dissidents. Mr. Vladimir Kara-Murza, a peaceful political activist, voicing his anti war views and dissident views, received 25 years imprisonment. And there are others, there are many more.”
10. Wide shot, briefing room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mariana Katzarova, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation:
“Essentially in Russia the civic space has been closed down by the authorities through this draconian use of legislation. Human Rights Organizations have been closed down, even famous ones, as Memorial, the Nobel Peace Prize winner organization, the Moscow Helsinkigroup. More than 600 civil society organizations were targeted and forced to close by the authorities.”
12. Wide shot, briefing room
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Mariana Katzarova, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation:
“Individuals as well. More than 700 individuals who have been designated foreign agents, including Dmitry Muratov, the editor in chief of Novaya Gazeta and a Nobel Prize winner. This is an attempt by the authorities to actually silence any criticism or any human rights work by civil society, by independent journalists.”
14. Wide shot, briefing room
STORYLINE
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation, Mariana Katzarova, said the situation in the country “has been deteriorating, maybe in the past two decades, but certainly, it rapidly went downhill since last February 2022, when the Russian Federation attacked Ukraine.”

Briefing journalists in New York today (25 Oct), Katzarova added, "And the war on Ukraine continues to this to this date and the situation in the Russian Federation with human rights continues to deteriorate.”

According to the Special Rapporteur, “almost weekly, the legislature in Russia is introducing new laws or amending old laws, which are trying to further restrict the freedom of expression, any anti war expression too, particularly dissident views that don't coincide with the official government views or the government propaganda.”

The expert informed that, under these laws, more than 20,000 people have been arbitrarily detained.

“These are mainly anti-war activists who participated in peaceful anti-war demonstrations against the war on Ukraine,” she explained.

Katzarova continued, “Politically motivated persecutions have been increasing since the beginning of the war on Ukraine. And we have really heavy sentences for political opponents, for dissidents. Mr. Vladimir Kara-Murza, a peaceful political activist, voicing his anti war views and dissident views, received 25 years imprisonment. And there are others, there are many more.”

For the Special Rapporteur, “essentially in Russia the civic space has been closed down by the authorities through this draconian use of legislation.”

She added, “Human Rights Organizations have been closed down, even famous ones, as Memorial, the Nobel Peace Prize winner organization, the Moscow Helsinkigroup. More than 600 civil society organizations were targeted and forced to close by the authorities.”

Katzarova also said, “Individuals as well. More than 700 individuals who have been designated foreign agents, including Dmitry Muratov, the editor in chief of Novaya Gazeta and a Nobel Prize winner. This is an attempt by the authorities to actually silence any criticism or any human rights work by civil society, by independent journalists.”

The Special Rapporteurs are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective.
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