THE CHEKING PROCESS – Amnesty International has just withdrawn the main opponent of Vladimir Poutine, imprisoned since January 17, his status of “prisoner of conscience” by invoking remarks “calling for hatred”.
THE QUESTION. The arrest of Alexei Navalny came as soon as he returned to Moscow on January 17 after five months in Germany where he recovered from an attempted poisoning perpetrated during a trip to Siberia last August. . Three days of protests, resulting in some 11,000 arrests, took place across the country to demand the release of the opponent who was sentenced on February 3 to two and a half years in prison for failing to comply with ‘a judicial control to which he had been subject since 2014. Praised by his supporters for his courage, Navalny – transferred this weekend to the penal colony where he must serve his sentence – has been the target of a smear campaign for several weeks. extremely violent, orchestrated by networks close to the Kremlin, and based, among other things, on public statements with racist overtones against immigrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia. Comments – dating back to 2006-2008 and well known since then – invoked by Amnesty International to justify its decision, on February 24, to withdraw Navalny’s status as “ prisoner of conscience That the human rights organization had recognized five weeks earlier.
“Amnesty International has denounced the arrest and imprisonment of Alexei Navalny, which took place in the framework of the generalized and violent repression carried out by the Russian authorities”, underlines the organization in a press release dated February 25. As a result of this arrest, “(we have) used the term “prisoner of conscience” to underline the iniquity of his detention and to insist on our condemnation of the unfounded prosecutions brought against him “, we still read. Nonetheless, continues Amnesty, “Concerns were then raised within our movement regarding the use of ‘prisoner of conscience’ to refer to Alexeï Navalny, given that in the past he made statements that could amount to a call for hatred likely to constitute incitement to discrimination, violence or hostility ”. Amnesty International to add : “After careful examination, we concluded that we had made an error in our initial finding”. In the early 1960s, a decision
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